Eni Shuts Crude Unit at Gela Refinery After Blaze (Update1)
By Nidaa Bakhsh
March 9, 2010 (Bloomberg) — Eni SpA, Italy’s biggest oil company, said a crude-distillation unit was shut after a March 6 fault caused a “small” fire at its Gela refinery in Sicily.
The incident “has not caused significant damage to the plant which, after the necessary inspections and repairs, will be restarted in the coming days,” the Milan-based company said today in an e-mailed statement.
The Gela refinery in Sicily has the capacity to process 100,000 barrels of oil a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
In April last year, a coker was shut because of a fire caused by a leak. Cokers convert heavy oils into lighter products such as naphtha, used in gasoline and petrochemicals, and gasoil, a form of heating fuel.
The shutdown comes at a time when other plants in the area are closed for maintenance. Anonima Petroli Italiana SpA was due to shut its 78,000 barrel-a-day Falconara refinery on March 5 for as many as 40 days, the company said March 4. Saras SpA plans to shut several units at its 300,000 barrel-a-day Sarroch facility this month and next for cleaning and catalyst changes, the company said Feb. 26. Total SA was expected to halt its 86,000 barrel-a-day Rome refinery in the second quarter.
To contact the reporter on this story: Nidaa Bakhsh in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgLast Updated: March 9, 2010 08:09 EST