BP's largest US refinery in Whiting, India
na, was still operating on
Thursday despite an overnight fire, the company said in a
One worker was injured and taken to an area hospital for
treatment, but was later released, according to the company.
BP said operations at the 413,500 bpd Whiting refinery
"were minimally impacted
as a result of the incident and the refinery
continues to produce
products for customers".
BP said the fire broke out at 9 p.m. Wednesday night local
time and was extinguished by 10:55 p.m. local time. City
firefighters were placed on stand-by to assist, but the fire
was contained and extinguished by BP's in-house unit at the
refinery, according to company officials.
BP did not specify which unit was impacted by the blaze, but
said it was located in the refinery's north end. According to
Genscape, all monitored units were operating normally except
for the blending oil unit, which shut at 9:04 p.m. on
Wednesday. That unit removes sulfur from distillate and gas
The company did not specify the cause of the fire.
BP recently completed a $4-billion revamp of the Whiting
refinery to boost its ability to handle heavy Canadian
crudes. The refinery
is the seventh-largest in
the US and the largest outside of the Gulf Coast.