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Citgo reports fire in crude tower at Corpus refinery

02.20.2014  | 

The fire ignited on scaffolding around the crude unit’s atmospheric tower, according to two people with knowledge of the incident. The East and West plants have a combined capacity of 157,000 bpd.

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By BARBARA POWELL and LYNN DOAN
Bloomberg

Citgo Petroleum's Corpus Christi refinery in Texas had a fire in a crude tower at its East plant that was already shut for planned repairs.

The refinery’s emergency response team is responding to a “small construction fire” that broke out at the tower at 12:20 p.m. local time on Wednesday, the Houston-based company said. The East plant has been shut since Feb. 6 for the repairs, the company said.

The fire ignited on scaffolding around the crude unit’s atmospheric tower, according to two people with knowledge of the incident who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The East and West plants that make up the Corpus Christi refinery complex have a combined capacity of 157,000 bpd, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The refinery began 35 days of work on Feb. 5 that included repairs on the crude unit at the East plant and on a coker, sulfur recovery unit and mixed distillate hydrotreater at the West plant. A message on a community hot line on Feb. 3 said that the refinery planned to shut units for maintenance until March 10.

“Due to this scheduled maintenance, there has been no impact to our operations,” the company said. No injuries have been reported related to the fire, the statement shows.

Citgo is a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the state oil company of Venezuela.



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Gustavo Heins
02.23.2014

Maybe, That is a safety permission fail before to start any work.

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