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Cosmo Oil Co., Japan’s fourth-biggest refiner, said Wednesday it halted shipments of kerosene from its Yokkaichi refinery in Mie Prefecture after some fuel in a storage tank was found to be contaminated.

Cosmo Oil on Tuesday discovered that kerosene stored in a tank at the 175,000-barrel-a-day refinery had been accidentally mixed with residue, Tatsuya Yano, spokesman for the Tokyo-based refinery, said by telephone Wednesday. The company will resume shipments Friday after cleaning the tank, he said.

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