Fire at Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar refinery out; production unaffected

The fire broke out at Reliance Industries’ fluid catalytic cracking unit , a gasoline-making unit at the 660,000 bpd refinery, which was under maintenance

The part of the Jamnagar refinery where the fire broke out was in the domestic tariff area (DTA) of the site. Photo: AFP
The part of the Jamnagar refinery where the fire broke out was in the domestic tariff area (DTA) of the site. Photo: AFP

Ahmedabad: A ‘flash fire’ broke out at Reliance Industries’ Ltd refinery complex at Moti Khavdi near Jamnagar on Thursday in which some contract workers were injured, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The fire broke out early in the morning at the fluidized catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) that was shut down for maintenance and repair. The refinery where the incident took place falls is in the domestic tariff area (DTA) site and has a capacity to process 660,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil. RIL’s second refinery at Moti Khavdi is located in the special economic zone (SEZ) area with a capacity to process 550,000 bpd of crude oil.

“The fire broke out due to gas leak in RIL’s Moti Khavdi refinery in Jamnagar early this morning,” said a PTI report quoting an unnamed police official of Meghpar police station.

“Total eight persons sustained burn injuries and were admitted to the government-run Guru Govindsinh Hospital (G G Hospital) in the city,” the agency report said quoting the same unnamed official.

G G Hospital superintendent Nandini Desai confirmed the death of two persons, according to the PTI report.

“There was an unfortunate flash fire in one of the units under a planned maintenance shutdown in our DTA refinery at Jamnagar. While the Reliance fire brigade extinguished the fire swiftly, this has resulted in injuries to some contract workers, who are being provided necessary medical treatment,” RIL said in the statement.

All refinery operations continue to be normal, it said.

On October 18, RIL had announced in a BSE filing that it planned a five-week shutdown of the FCCU at the DTA unit, starting from the second week of November. The shutdown was aimed to provide an opportunity to carry out a revamp job in one of the polypropylene units. “All the four crude distillation units along with other major secondary processing units are expected to operate at normal throughput,” RIL had said in the October 18 filing.

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