Three contractors were injured late Tuesday in a flash fire
at BPs 337,000 bpd Whiting refinery in Indiana, news agency
When the fire ignited, the injured contractors were
performing maintenance work on a 105,000 bpd
hydrotreater, according to the report.
Industry analysis group IIR Energy said work on the
hydrotreater was suspended after the fire, but is still
expected to conclude by early October. Other refinery operations were not
affected, Reuters said.
BP said the three contractors were in stable condition at a
local hospital. Two were being treated for burns and one for
The fire was quickly extinguished by on-site response crews,
the company said.
The hydrotreater maintenance is part of the Whiting
refinerys $4 billion upgrade
project to enable it to
better process heavy Canadian crudes.
The upgrading project is scheduled to be complete
by late 2013.