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Press Release

Refining Optimization

October 24, 2016
Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd.

Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd. (President and Representative Director: Hisashi Kobayashi) hereby announces to suspend operations of the #5 Crude Distillation Unit (hereinafter "CDU") at Yokkaichi Refinery and to increase the nameplate CDU capacity at both Chiba and Yokkaichi Refinery.

This announcement is to comply with "the second phase of the Sophisticated Methods of Energy Supply Structures" (hereinafter "post-Kodoka-ho") which have been publicly announced on July 31, 2014 and requires increase of heavy oil upgrading unit capacity or reduction of CDU capacity. Considering optimization of the domestic petroleum products supply-demand balance, the company made a decision to partially reduce the CDU capacity ahead of the end of March 2017 dead line for the post-Kodoka-ho. This plan has already been submitted to and accepted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

1. Crude Distillation Capacity


Refinery CDU Capacity
Chiba No.1 100,000 110,000 10,000
No.2 120,000 130,000 10,000
Total 220,000 240,000 20,000
Yokkaichi No.5 63,000 0 ▲63,000
No.6 69,000 85,000 16,000
Total 132,000 85,000 ▲47,000
Sakai   100,000 100,000 0
Total - 452,000 425,000 ▲27,000

(1 barrel≒159 liters)

2. Effective Date

October 24, 2016 Monday

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