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Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Refinery Shut Units After Fire

Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Gary-Williams Energy Co., a closely held U.S. oil and gas company, shut units at its Wynnewood, Oklahoma, refinery after a Dec. 26 explosion and fire in a hydrocracker unit.

Some units “which were shut down as a safety precaution, are currently being restarted,” Sally Allen, a vice president at the company, said in a statement. The affected units, including the hydrocracker, will be “out of operation for a short time” and the plant will run at reduced rates until repairs are completed, she said.

The 70,000 barrel-a-day plant experienced a gas release, explosion and fire at around 7 a.m. on Dec. 26, Allen said. The company “anticipates minimal disruption to customers’ supply,” according to Allen.

Denver-based Gary-Williams refines gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, asphalt and solvents at Wynnewood, according to the company’s website.

The refinery is located about 66 miles (106 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Burkhardt in New York at pburkhardt@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net.

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