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Azeri Power Blackout Shuts Socar Oil Refineries for Two Hours

Lightning sparked a fire at a power station in Azerbaijan today, knocking out supply throughout the Caspian Sea nation and halting the operation of Baku’s refineries for two hours.

The lightning struck the power plant in the city of Mingacevir at 6:55 a.m. local time, Azerenerji, the local utility, said on its website. Power supply has been fully restored across the country, it said.

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan halted its two Baku refineries during the power failure, while oil production wasn’t affected, company spokesman Nizamaddin Quliyev said by phone.

Socar operates the Baku and New Baku refineries in the Azeri capital, with capacities of 230,000 barrels a day and 212,000 barrels a day, respectively, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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