The management of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) were forced to shut down a Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) after a furnace exploded yesterday.
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The incident occurred about 10 a.m. yesterday while crude oil was being processed into finished petroleum products.
Although there were no casualties, officials were prompted to carry out an emergency shutdown of the facility to avert an outbreak of fire after the furnace had exploded as a result of excessive pressure, coupled with heat, causing the structure to give way to release its content.
According to Daily Graphic sources at TOR, the furnace went off by itself while production was underway and took the vigilance of safety officers at TOR to avert a potential fire outbreak.
The explosion, the source said, occurred in the process of restarting the plant, thus necessitating the emergency shutdown and suspension of production to allow for investigations into the incident.
The source also hinted that the CDU would be made to run on one furnace, instead of two, after the technical evaluation had been done on the affected plant.
Asked whether the incident would affect the supply of petroleum products on the market, it suggested that the refinery had enough refined products in stock and so the incident would not affect supply to its clients.