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Exxon Shuts Crude Distillation Unit at Italian Refinery After a Blaze

Exxon Mobil Corp. was forced to shut one of two crude-distillation units at its Sarpom refinery in Trecate, Italy, after a fire broke out yesterday.

The fire was extinguished after half an hour and there were no injuries, Antonella Sopranzetti, a Rome-based spokeswoman for the company, said today by mobile phone. Demand is being met from the site’s other crude processor, she said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is being carried out and no timeframe for the start of the idled crude unit is available yet, Sopranzetti said.

The refinery near Milan has the capacity to process 230,000 barrels of oil a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Irving, Texas-based Exxon has a 74.1 percent stake in the refinery and Italy’s ERG SpA holds the rest.

-- With assistance from Tommaso Ebhardt in Milan. Editors: Rob Verdonck ,John Buckley.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nidaa Bakhsh in London at nbakhsh@bloomberg.net

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