NEW YORK (Reuters) - Imperial Oil expects operations at its 121,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Sarnia, Ontario, to quickly return to normal after a brief fire on Monday, a company spokesman said.
A small electrical fire broke out in a power substation shortly before 1 p.m. EST on Monday and was put under control in 20 minutes by the refinery’s in-house fire department, spokesman Jon Harding said on a phone call.
“We are in the process of returning the plant back to normal,” Harding said.
Harding declined to comment on whether units were shut down during the fire, but said the company has notified the community of possible flaring as operations return to normal.
It is common for units to flare during startups.
Canadian-based Imperial Oil’s largest shareholder is ExxonMobil.
Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Richard Chang