Rosneft refinery ‘on planned maintenance’

Russian oil giant says sufficient oil products stocks available but fails to mention any injuries

Rosneft has said a refinery that was struck by a fire on Sunday was under planned maintenance at the time.

The Russian oil giant has still refused to comment, however, on whether or not there were any injuries or deaths as a result of the blaze at the Achinsk facility in Krasnoyarsk region.

The fire broke out late on Sunday evening after a vapour line on a gas fractionation unit depressurised.

Local media earlier reported that 12 people were affected by the fire, with one person understood to have been killed. A further four were missing, Itar-Tass reported.

An update from Rosneft on the situation late on Monday did not address questions of any casualties or injuries.

Instead the company said the refinery was undergoing scheduled maintenance at the time of the fire and that, before repair work was carried out, sufficient supply stocks were lined up.

“Petroleum products delivery to the Krasnoyarsk region was carried out, including, from other plants of the company,” Rosneft said.

“On (Monday) the plan of restoration works was approved, and also additional measures were taken to ensure uninterrupted consumer supply with fuel in connection with the accident that happened the day before.

“Currently, the stock of petroleum products is sufficient for uninterrupted consumer supply. The company also allocateed additional volumes of motor fuels from other oil-processing plants.

Oil products supply to fulfill contracts in northern regions will be completed in due course, the company vowed.

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