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Fire at Equinor’s largest refinery extinguished

04 July 2022

Equinor has said that a fire at its largest refinery has been extinguished. A blaze broke out at the Mongstad refinery on Norway’s west coast on July 3 with an evacuation of the plant taking place at 05:46 local time.

Image: Equinor
Image: Equinor

Critical personnel handling operations and emergency response were allowed to stay at the site while Equinor's emergency response organisation was mobilised. In a statement, Equinor said that the plant was still in operation, but parts of the plant involved in production of some refined products were affected. No personnel injuries were reported.

Equinor said that a controlled burning of trapped volumes through pressure relief was conducted, with continuous cooling of the surrounding equipment. A day later on July 4, Equinor said that the fire had been extinguished.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear, Equnior said. The energy major said it would cooperate with the authorities in uncovering the cause of the incident. The Mongstad refinery is Equinor's largest and has a crude oil and condensate distillation capacity of 226,000 barrels per day.

The work to maintain and secure the affected system is continuing. Further examinations and any repairs will be conducted before the affected part of the processing plant can be restarted, Equinor said.

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