Consumers Co-op Shuts Coker at Saskatchewan Plant After Fire

Consumers’ Co-Operative Refineries Ltd. shut a coker at its Regina refinery in Saskatchewan, Canada, after a fire, according to Daryl Oshanek, a company spokesman.

The fire, which broke out at about 12:30 a.m. in the coker at the heavy oil upgrader section of the plant, came as the refinery was planning to start units that were shut after an October 2011 explosion and fire. The blaze was put out by refinery personnel, according to the Regina fire department.

The company was unaware if the fire was related to the restart of these units, according to Oshanek, who is based in Saskatoon. Consumers plans to host a press conference at 1:30 p.m. local time, he said.

In October, Consumers completed an expansion that increased Regina’s capacity by about 45,000 barrels a day to 145,000 barrels a day, making it Canada’s fourth-largest refinery, the company said. The project allows the plant to process more light synthetic crude oil.

The October 2011 explosion damaged a middle distillate and light naphtha unifiner, along with a gasoline isomerization unit. Those units were expected to restart late this month, Oshanek said in an e-mail Feb. 7. The company initially expected the units to start in November.

There were no injuries in today’s fire and Consumers plans to host a press conference at 1:30 p.m. local time, he said.

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