TOKYO Aug 1 Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan
Co will restart the fire-hit 220,000 barrels per day
No.2 crude distillation unit (CDU) at its Chiba refinery, east
of Tokyo, as early as this weekend, an industry source familiar
with the matter said on Wednesday.
The company had originally expected to resume CDU operations
by Aug. 9. It expects to resume normal operations of its
refining units at the refinery by Aug. 20, the source said.
The refinery's sole CDU was shut immediately after the fire
was confirmed from near the CDU's naphtha circulation lines on
July 19. Idemitsu said oil that leaked from an aperture in the
pipeline led to the fire.
(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Michael Watson)