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    Petro-Canada Reports Blast, Fire at Edmonton Refinery (Update1)

    By Timothy Coulter and Christian Schmollinger
    Jan. 28, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Petro-Canada, the countrys second- largest oil refiner, said an explosion and fire occurred at its Edmonton, Alberta, crude oil refinery.
    Nobody was injured in the incident, which happened at 7:15 p.m. local time yesterday, the company said in a statement recorded on a community hotline. The fire was extinguished by 8:40 p.m. and the all-clear signal was given at 9:40 p.m.
    The explosion and fire has closed a processing unit at the plant, which has been isolated from the rest of the operations, said Sneh Seetal, a Petro-Canada spokeswoman in a telephone interview. Other sections of the refinery are operating. Seetal said that she didnt have specific information on the affected portion of the facility.
    The blaze occurred in a naphtha gas processing building, the Edmonton Journal reported, citing the local fire department. No cause for the incident has been identified and there are no estimates of the cost for repairs, said Seetal. Cleanup and assessments will be made through the night, she said.
    The 135,000 barrel-a-day plant processes feedstocks from Canadas oil-sands projects, according to the company Web site. The facility started operations in the fourth quarter after previously refining normal crude oil.
    To contact the reporters on this story: Christian Schmollinger in Singapore at; Timothy Coulter at
    Last Updated: January 28, 2009 02:15 EST

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