A small fire broke out in a refractory tower Tuesday afternoon at Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery in southeast Australia, a spokesperson for Viva Energy confirmed.
Nine fire units including an aerial platform to the refinery deployed to reach a leak that might have caused the fire. The first alarm was sounded at 1:20 p.m., Bay 93.9 reports.
Geelong is one of only four refineries operating in Australia, supplying at least 10% of the nation’s fuel and 50% of that used in the province of Victoria.
The term “refractory” refers to the internal lining used to protect internal metal from corrosion. Refractory materials include standard cement.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire.