Fire Pinches Nynas Plant


A Jan. 13 fire has forced Nynas to temporarily scale back production at its naphthenic base oil plant in Nynashamn, Sweden, the company said yesterday. An official said the company hopes to complete repairs and resume normal operations in approximately three weeks.

If it keeps to that schedule, deliveries to customers should not be affected, the official said. The plant continues to run at or above two thirds of capacity, and the company is tapping emergency reserves to make up the shortfall.

The Nynashamn plant has capacity to make 7,800 barrels per day.

Nynas also noted that the Rafineria Isla plant in Curacao, Netherland Antilles, is scheduled to close in early March for a three-week maintenance turnaround. Nynas sells oils produced at that plant, which is owned by Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. PDVSA is co-owner of Nynas, with Finnish oil firm Neste Oil Corp.

The Curacao plant has capacity of 12,000 b/d – divided evenly between naphthenics and paraffinics. Nynas said it is building inventories ahead of the turnaround and does not expect customers to be affected.

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