Blast at UK Lindsey Oil Refinery kills one, investigations under way

By Phaedra Friend Troy

A blast at the Lindsey Oil Refinery in eastern England Tuesday is currently being investigated, reports the Wall Street Journal.

A fire broke out on Tuesday at a crude distillation unit at the Lindsey Oil Refinery, which is operated by French major Total. One man was killed in the accident.

Production has been shut down from the units that were affected by the fire, but those that escaped it remain in operation.

The Lindsey Oil Refinery is Britain’s third-largest refinery with a processing capacity of 200,000 barrels of oil a day and more than 10 million tones per year.

Situated to take advantage of North Sea production, the Lindsey Oil Refinery has been in operation since 1968.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Total has been trying to sell the oil refinery in its effort to decrease the company’s refining capacity.

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