Processing Magazine

Exxon Resumes Singapore Refinery Maintenance After Worker Death

March 29, 2011
Exxon Mobil Corp. is resuming most maintenance work at its Singapore refining complex after a one-day stoppage because of the death of a worker yesterday, reports Bloomberg. The biggest U.S. oil company will continue with a nine-week maintenance program at its Jurong plant, according to an e- mailed statement. Work at the refinery on Singapore’s mainland, with a crude-processing capacity of 309,000 barrels a day, began March 9. Singapore’s Manpower Ministry had ordered a work stoppage in the lubricant plant where two workers were found unconscious, according to an e-mailed statement. Exxon’s Jurong refinery includes a lubricants unit and a hydrocracker that produces diesel, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The two workers, employees of Dialog Systems Pte, were found in an “enclosed space filled with nitrogen,” according to Exxon. The deceased, a 34-year old Indian male, was a specialist technician. His colleague remains in critical condition in hospital, said Karen Wong, Exxon’s Singapore-based spokeswoman. Exxon also operates a 296,000 barrel-a-day facility on Jurong Island, known as the Pulau Ayer Chawan refinery. A crude- distillation unit was shut in May 2007 for about three weeks after two people died in a fire. The blaze started at a heat-exchanger unit of a distillation tower.