By JAMES MARSON
MOSCOW -- The fire at Anglo-Russian oil producer
TNK-BPs refinery at Saratov in southern
Russia has been extinguished, news agency Interfax
reported Thursday, citing a regional official.
The plant is currently not working. All employees have
been evacuated. The processing of oil at the plant has been
temporarily halted. A special commission will decide on further
plant operations, Saratov region's deputy minister for
industry, Maksim Shikhalov, is quoted as saying.
Mr. Shikhalov said the unit affected by the fire could be
repaired and restarted within 24 hours.
TNK-BP earlier shut down the refinery, which processes about 7
million tpy of crude.
Mr. Shikhalov said the commission would also assess damage
and investigate the cause of the fire.
Earlier, Interfax cited the Russian Emergency Ministry as
saying five people had been injured in the fire.
Dow Jones Newswires