Saudi refinery operations not affected by transformer fire

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The Saudi Aramco Mobile Refinery (SAMREF) at Yanbu is operating normally after a fire hit a power transformer at the gate of the facility on Saturday, a spokesman for a Saudi government body was quoted as saying on the state news agency.

Operations are ongoing and have not been affected by the incident, which happened due to hot weather, Abdulrahman Al-Abdulqader, the spokesman for the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, which manages and operates industrial cities in Saudi Arabia. The fire broke out at 21:22 local time, according to the spokesman.

SAMREF is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and US Exxon Mobil which operates the 400,000 barrel per day (bpd) crude oil refinery in Yanbu on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.

A SAMREF spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

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