Oman’s Sohar oil refinery has been shut after a cooling pipe burst and repair work is expected to take another week, a spokesman for the operator said on Sunday, confirming traders’ talk of an outage.
“There was a breach in an incoming seawater cooling pipe. Obviously if that happens we have to shut down operations,” the company spokesman told Reuters. “Operations of the refinery have been shut since Tuesday.”
He said it was expected to take another week to “finish repairing the seawater circuit, put it back to service and start up the refinery”.
The refinery began full production in March 2007, six months later than planned after the plant suffered start-up snags.