By SAURABH CHATURVEDI
NEW DELHI -- State-run Hindustan Petroleum partly shut its
refinery in southern India on Friday following a fire at
a cooling plant that left one worker dead.
The fire "is under control now," Hindustan Petroleum
Refineries Director B.K. Namdeo said by phone from Mumbai.
The company shut one unit of the refinery at the coastal city of
Visakhapatnam as a precautionary step, Mr. Namdeo said. It is
too early to estimate the loss from the fire, he added.
Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy said
the death toll could go up.
"As many as 40 people were injured in the fire, out of which
35 were taken to hospital with burn injuries," Mr. Reddy said.
One of them died later, he added.
The Visakhapatnam refinery has a crude oil processing
capacity of 8.3 million tpy, or about 166,000 bpd. The company
has another refinery in Mumbai, western India, with a capacity of 6.5
It also runs a joint-venture refinery with Mittal Energy
Investment Pte. at Bhatinda in northern India. This refinery can process
9.0 million tpy of crude.
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