A leak from a valve at a unit that had been shut down for maintenance took place at Neste
Oil's refinery in Porvoo, Finland, on
Tuesday afternoon, involving LPG containing a very small
quantity of hydrofluoric acid.
As a result of the leak, a general alarm was issued covering
the refinery site and surrounding area
in Tolkkinen and people were instructed to stay inside.
The leak proved to be minor and the instruction calling for
people to stay inside was rescinded at around 4 p.m. local time
for all areas other than the immediate vicinity of the
No injuries were incurred as a result of the leak.
Measures to deal with the leak are currently underway,
according to the company, and are being managed by the
refinery's fire service in collaboration with the Eastern
Uusimaa rescue services.
The Porvoo refinery has a refining capacity of approximately
200,000 bpd and produces some 12 million tons of petroleum
products a year, according to the company's website. It first
came on stream in 1965.