Image courtesy of KazMunaiGaz.

Repairs are underway at the Kazakhstan’s refining and petrochemical complex after a blaze broke out at the plant on October 25.

The fire broke out around 6:40 a.m. local time in a furnace tied to the refinery’s fluid catalytic cracking unit.

It was extinguished by 10:00 a.m.

No injures were reported.

The 6 million ton per year facility is operated by the refining and marketing division of Kazakhstan’s state-owned KazMunaiGaz said.

Construction and repair work on the affected units is projected to take about 20 to 25 days.

The furnace’s internal structure must be completely replaced.

Light oil production had to be reduced after the fire and straight-run fuel oil yields were increased.

However, other units of the facility were not impacted by the incident and continue to operate at normal production levels.

The company has put together a commission to investigate the incident and identify the cause of the fire. The commission’s findings are slated to be released on November 6.


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