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Citgo shuts crude unit at Illinois refinery after fire

10.24.2013  | 

No one was injured in the fire, which started in a crude processing unit at around 7:40 p.m. local time on Wednesday. "The crude unit was immediately shut down," said Pete Colarelli, a spokesman for Citgo. Colarelli added that no injuries were reported and the complex was not evacuated.

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A fire that broke out late Wednesday has prompted Citgo Petroleum to shut down a main crude unit at its 167,000 bpd refinery in Lemont, Illinois.

The company will need to determine the extent of damage to the crude distillation unit before any plans can be made for restarting operations, according to a Reuters report.

As a result, there is no current timeline for the restart.

No one was injured in the fire, which started in a crude processing unit at around 7:40 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

"The crude unit was immediately shut down," said Pete Colarelli, a spokesman for Citgo. Colarelli added that no injuries were reported and the complex was not evacuated.

"The refinery is conducting air monitoring and is working closely with Will County Emergency Management and local fire departments," he said.

Citgo's own fire department and firefighters from local suburban departments helped bring the fire under control by 9:45 p.m., according to local media reports.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



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victor tailer
10.25.2013

My Company would be willing to assist Cittgo to review the design safety valves specification and update the documentation as required. In another Refinery we reviewed the safety system and find out ways to improve the safety. Also, if you wish we can invite CITGO to visit our Company located in Houston.

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Victor Tailer
Process Engineering Manager
Commonwealth Engineering and Construction
10255 Richmond Ave.
Houston Texas 77042
Tel 713-97-2781 (direct)
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