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Reliance Plans to Start Up Jamnagar Unit Tomorrow After Fire

Reliance Industries Ltd. said it plans to start up a crude unit at the older of its two refineries in Jamnagar by tomorrow after a fire yesterday.

Reliance was performing maintenance on the crude distillation unit when the blaze started, Tushar Pania, a spokesman for the company in Mumbai, said by phone yesterday. The blaze was “immediately contained,” Pania said. The refinery is the older of two facilities that Reliance operates at Jamnagar on India’s west coast. The plant has a processing capacity of 660,000 barrels a day. The other site can handle 580,000 barrels a day.

“We expect there won’t be any delay in restarting, it will restart definitely by the day after tomorrow,” Pania said.

The company’s two adjacent plants at the Jamnagar comprise the world’s biggest refining complex, accounting for about 1.6 percent of global refining capacity, according to Reliance’s website.

The refiner may shut a crude unit at the newer of the two sites for planned maintenance in January, two people with knowledge of the plans said on Nov. 27. The system may be closed for two to three weeks.

The company may also shutter a naphtha hydrotreater and vacuum-gasoil hydrotreater in the same period, the people said. Reliance’s plans aren’t final, and the work may be delayed or advanced, they said. Maintenance at the vacuum gasoil unit was initially planned for April 2013.

The refiner also has plans to shut a delayed-coker unit at the same facility for maintenance in February or March, after completing work at the other units, the people said.

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