Power supply disruptions and electrical equipment failures represented more than 80% of electrical problems in refineries between 2009 and 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And the electrical problems themselves accounted for one-fifth of all refinery disruptions during this time period. Power outages, mechanical breakdowns, leaks, and fires constituted the majority of incidents — any number of which can force a refinery to shut down. Not surprisingly, Mother Nature ...
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