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Reuters: Shell refinery in Malaysia hit by fire -report

Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:12pm GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 (Reuters) – A fire broke out at Royal Dutch Shell’s oil refinery in the southwestern Malaysian town of Port Dickson on Wednesday, temporarily disrupting operations, the Star newspaper said in its online edition.

The fire, the second in five weeks, started at 6.45 A.M. (2245 GMT) and caused minor damage to the refinery’s flare stack, it quoted Shell as saying. The fire was extinguished about 20 minutes later.

“There were no casualties and no one was injured in the incident. There is minimal asset damage on the flare stack and activities to normalise operations were in progress,” it said.

On Nov. 19, two crude oil storage tanks caught fire at the refinery, causing operations to be halted, the Star said.

The refinery has a licensed production capacity of 156,000 barrels per day and produces a wide range of petroleum products, 90 percent of which are consumed within Malaysia, Shell said previously.

No comment on the Star’s report was immediately available from Shell.

(Reporting by Jalil Hamid; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

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