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Tesoro Refinery Unit Shut Because of Fire

August 26, 2005|From Bloomberg News

Tesoro Corp., the second-largest oil refiner on the West Coast, said a fire Wednesday shut a fluid catalytic cracking unit at its refinery near San Francisco.

The fire started about 4:15 p.m. and was extinguished by 5:05 p.m. by the refinery's emergency personnel, said Sarah Simpson, a spokeswoman at Tesoro's San Antonio headquarters. She didn't know how long the unit would be shut.

There were no injuries and no effect on the surrounding community, Simpson said. The plant, known as the Golden Eagle refinery and located near Martinez, can process 168,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

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