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Siberian refinery fire kills six

16 June 2014

Russian oil giant Rosneft said on June 16 it had halted production at its Achinsk refinery in the Krasnoyarsk region, eastern Siberia, after an explosion and fire killed at least six people. The company said the fire broke out in a fractionation unit at the 140,000 barrels per day refinery, causing fatalities and injuries. An Emergencies Ministry official said six people had died, seven were injured and three others were missing.

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Industry sources said the fractionation plant was badly damaged and other units were also affected. 

RT said the disaster happened as the night shift was putting equipment back online after scheduled maintenance. The plant had been shut down on May 11 for regular maintenance, and its planned restart had been brought forward from June 19 to June 12-16, the energy ministry said.

The plant exported 2.3 million tonnes of fuel oil, 220,000 tonnes of diesel and 200,000 tonnes of petrol in 2013.

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