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Emergency triggers halt in Petrobras refinery operation

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) — A refinery belonging Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA was shut down for an emergency on Wednesday for the third time in less than 30 days, a labor union said in a press release.

The Sao Paulo state oil workers’ union said a “highly explosive” mixture of gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas and diesel vapor escaped in a cloud from the Paulinia refinery, Brazil’s largest.

Petrobras, as the oil company is known, could not be reached for immediate comment.

Reporting by Marta Nogueira; Editing by Tom Brown

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