AMSTERDAM, April 26 Oil major Exxon Mobil
(XOM.N) said a desulphurisation unit at its Rotterdam refinery
remained out of action on Tuesday following a fire, the cause of
which is under investigation.
No one was injured in the fire, which broke out at the
refinery on Monday morning, and Exxon said the impact on
production was minimal. [ID:nLDE73O05E]
Spokeswoman Ellen Ehmen said the affected unit formed one
step in the desulphurisation process and that the refinery
itself was operating at almost full capacity.
After allowing the reactor in the desulphurisation unit to
cool down on Monday, Exxon was still investigating the cause of
the fire and the extent of the damage, she said, adding that it
was not clear when the unit would be restarted.
"We are doing this very meticulously and making sure this is
safe and everything is right to go as we don't want this to
happen again," Ehmen said.
The Exxon Mobil Esso refinery is located in the Rotterdam
Botlek area, a port and industrial hub for the petrochemical
sector in the Netherlands.
(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block)