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Exxon Illinois Refinery Shuts Diesel Unit After Fire

Exxon Mobil Corp. removed a unit that makes diesel fuel from service at its Joliet, Illinois, refinery after a fire was extinguished yesterday.

The fire occurred in a compressor associated with the catalytic hydrodesulfurization unit at 6:30 p.m. yesterday, Kevin Allexon, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail. “The fire was quickly brought under control by the refinery’s fire brigade. There were no injuries to personnel or to emergency responders resulting from the fire.”

There is no estimate for how long it will take to repair the unit, Allexon said. A cause for the fire has yet to be determined, according to Allexon.

The 248,000-barrel-a-day refinery processes Canadian crude delivered by pipeline. The refinery produces gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas and asphalt among others, according to Exxon.

The Joliet refinery is 42 miles (68 kilometers) southwest of Chicago along the Des Plaines river.

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