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Dung Quat oil refinery in trouble againAbnormally high temperature at the thermal expansion joints on the CO exhaust pipe at the Cracking workshop, which is considered the “heart” of the Dung Quat oil refinery, is the latest matter that experts have to fix, according to VNExress.

On October 15, Mr. Nguyen Hoai Giang, General Director of the Binh Son Refinery and Petro-chemistry Co., Ltd., confirmed that the temperature at the thermal expansion joints on the CO discharge pipe of the CO-BOILER equipment, at the cracking catalytic workshop (RFCC) increased abnormally. The incident took place on October 8 but it did not affect the plant’s operation. The plant is still operating at its 100 percent of capacity, Giang said.

Experts have developed a roadmap to completely fix errors to hand over the refinery later this year, Giang added.

This year, Dung Quat refinery was shut down twice. The most recent time was from the afternoon of August 8 to August 17 (unplanned) to handle technical errors, also on the thermal expansion joints on the CO exhaust pipe at the RFCC workshop. Previously, the plant was shut down (planned) from early May to early July to handle technical errors before the last test and delivery.

Experts of Technip group and engineers, workers of the Binh Son Refinery and Petrochemistry Co., Ltd. fixed four major technical problems and a few dozens of small errors at technological workshops. In particular, major technical problems were at the RFCC workshop – the most important technological workshop of the refinery.

From February 2009, Dung Quat refinery has imported 15 million tons of crude oil from domestic and foreign oil fields to process more than 13.4 million tons of products of all kinds.

Although this year it had to temporarily stop operating twice, Mr. Giang insisted that the plant sold 5.4 million tons of petroleum products, to ensure its contribution of VND15.35 trillion ($757.5 million) to the state budget, exceeding the yearly plan.

Regarding the plant’s expansion, Giang said that potential foreign partners are still learning about the project.

(VietnamNet)

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