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Dung Quat refinery to re-open

Update: August, 16/2012 - 09:24

HA NOI — The Binh Son Petro-chemical Refinery Co Ltd, which operates Dung Quat, expects that the factory will resume operations late next week after it finishes addressing a technical error.

Binh Son and the Technip Consortium halted production on August 8 to deal with a technical error in the RFCC (residue fluid catalytic cracking) workshop, one of the most important technological workshops at the refinery.

The consortium includes French Technip, Malaysian Technip, Japanese JGC and Spanish Tecnicas Reunidas.

"By operating constantly at full capacity for over one month (from July 8 to August 8), the Technip consortium proved that it had thoroughly addressed any technical problems and ensured that the refinery held up to all requirements," Nguyen Hoai Giang, director general of Binh Son, told Tien Phong newspaper (the Pioneer) .

This was one of several technical failures that Binh Son has dealt with since it started operating the refinery, and the company has requested the Technip consortium replace this equipment. However, after one month of operating at full capacity, foreign experts discovered a technical failure in the thermal expansion connector at the CO gas discharge pipeline in the RFFC workshop, he said.

"To deal with the problems, the Technip consortium and Binh Son agreed to halt production at the refinery. The Technip consortium will assume responsibility for all repair costs," he added.

Foreign and local experts affirmed that at Dung Quat refinery, just as at other advanced refineries around the world, the complicated network of technological equipment makes technical failures an unfortunate inevitability.

The repair was essential to ensure the refinery would operate safely and effectively in the future, experts said. — VNS

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