Technip and Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Co Ltd (Binh Son RP Co) announced to have halted operations of the Dung Quat oil refinery for one week to resolve some technical problems in the catalytic cracker unit.
Nguyen Hoai Giang, director of Binh Son RP Co plant managing unit said normal operations are expected to resume August 17.
According to Giang, this week Technip engineers and employees of Binh Son RP Co will focus on resolving technical problems related to thermal dilatation joint of the catalytic cracker in the RFCC workshop and Technip will order equipment and related components from Japan to replace the faulty parts.
Problems in the cracker were detected August 5 and Technip flew in experts from Japan, France and Italy to resolve the faults.
“Dung Quat announced the problems to key domestic petroleum consumers so they can set up reserves and import plans to cover any shortfalls in fuel supply plans by Dung Quat oil refinery” said Giang who added that petroleum reserves of key domestic suppliers should be sufficient for the domestic market for the period Dung Quat is offline.
Petrolimex Petrochemical JSC (Petrolimex), PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PV Oil) and Saigon Petro Co Ltd (Saigon Petro) are seeking resources from Singapore, Korea and Middle East area to replace when the main source from Dung Quat has been suddenly disrupted. They confirmed that although Dung Quat oil refinery has unexpectedly pause its operations, this problem is still in control.