Fire at IOC Taloja plant; no casualties

New Delhi | Updated on January 19, 2011 Published on January 19, 2011

A fire which broke out at the Indian Oil Corporation's lube blending plant at Taloja in Navi Mumbai in the late hours of Monday night, was completely put out by 7.30 a.m. with no casualties or injuries. This was stated by the IOC Chairman, Mr B.M. Bansal, here on Tuesday.

Mr Bansal said the fire was noticed as a spark by the security personnel deployed at the plant around 1.30 a.m. , and preliminary reports indicate the cause of the fire to be an electrical short circuit.

The depot at Taloja outside Mumbai stored lube oil for packaging into containers but had no stocks of crude oil.

“The exact cause of the fire and the extent of product loss will be assessed as soon as the cooling operations are completed,” he told newspersons adding that “no one was injured in the fire.”

The fire was limited to a shed in a very small area of the plant.

The 1,800-kilolitre-a-month plant blends and fills lubricants in small cans and drums, besides filling specialty lubes. It operates on single shift (8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.).

“All the other facilities of the plant, including storage tank farms, manufacturing plant, laboratory and fire-fighting facilities are intact,” he added.

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Published on January 19, 2011
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