Vietnam's oil refinery reopens after weeklong repairs

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Vietnam's only oil refinery resumed full operations in the central province of Quang Ngai Thursday, around one week after it was closed for repairs. 

Nguyen Hoai Giang, general director of Binh Son Refinery & Petrochemical Co., which operates the plant owned by state-owned oil and gas group PetroVietnam, said oil products will be available again by the end of Sunday or early Monday, news website Dan Tri reported Friday. 

The refinery was designed for a maximum capacity of 130,000 barrels a day, providing one third of the country's petroleum demand. 

The plant was shutdown on August 8 to fix problems discovered three days earlier in the flexible joint of a carbon monoxide emission tube at the fluid catalytic cracking unit. 

Technip, the refinery contractor and a leading France-based constructor in the field, sent experts to evaluate and repair the problem. 

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Giang said Technip was fully responsible for the problem, as it was for problems in May this year, when the refinery was closed for two months for repairs and regular maintenance.

The refinery first opened in 2010.

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