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Dung Quat refinery shuts down for technical checks   2009-08-25 - Tuoi Tre

Vietnam Oil & Gas Group, known as PetroVietnam, said it will temporarily shut down its Dung Quat oil refinery after a contractor asked that the plant be closed to carry out technical inspections, the company said.


The refinery’s fluid catalytic cracker, which makes gasoline and other products, broke down on August 18 due to technical problems, according to PetroVietnam.

Dang Vu Minh, chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Science, Technology & Environment, led a team to inspect the plant on Monday and said the consortium of contractors led by French oil services group Technip needs to find the cause of the problem and fix it soon to help the refinery operate at full capacity.

Last month, PetroVietnam, said that Dung Quat, based in the central province of Quang Ngai, was expected to run at full capacity by August 25.

The 148,000 barrel-a-day refinery, which started commercial operations in February, aims to meet a third of Vietnam’s fuel demand by next year. The nation currently imports almost all of its oil products.


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