Daily Archives: September 24, 2011
There are reports this morning of a fire breaking out in a coking unit at Gaoqiao refinery, in Shanghai. The news reports say that no-one was injured.
Gaoqiao is a major supplier of green coke to the calcined coke and anode markets in China and is often in blends for the international market for these products.
The fire apparently followed an explosion that was heard around the precinct of the refinery. It took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control. An investigation will be held into the cause of the fire.
It is unclear at this stage how long the disruption will continue. We will monitor and report on the situation.
Monday morning update: Gaoqiao has two delayed cokers, one of which was where the fire started. That coker, known as No. 2 coker and with a charge capacity of 1.4 million tonnes, will be out of action for about 1 month. No. 1 coker, with a capacity of 1.2 million tonnes, was unaffected and will continue to operate.