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
As a result, there is no current timeline for the
No one was injured in the fire, which started in a crude
processing unit at around 7:40 p.m. local time on
"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.