MOSCOW, June 16 Russia's top oil producer
Rosneft has halted production at its east Siberian
Achinsk refinery after a fire killed at least six people,
industry sources said on Monday.
One source said the repairs could take up to six months.
Rosneft said the fire had broken out on Sunday evening at a
fractionation unit of the refinery, which normally produces
140,000 barrels per day of oil products, causing fatalities and
An Emergencies Ministry official said six people had died,
seven were injured and two others were missing.
Industry sources said the fractionation plant was badly
damaged and other units were also affected. "Without this unit,
the production process is impossible," a source said.
A Rosneft spokesman declined any immediate comment on the
number of casualties or the effect on production.
The plant exported 2.3 million tonnes of fuel oil in 2013,
of which 1.8 million tonnes were shipped via the Black Sea ports
of Tuapse and Taman. Around 400,000 tonnes were shipped via the
It also exported 220,000 tonnes of diesel and 200,000 of
straight-run gasoline from the Far East last year.
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.
(Reporting by Maxim Nazarov; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin,
editing by David Evans)