Williams investigates fire, resulting damage at US gas compressor station

Williams Partners is assessing damage at its Lathrop natural gas compressor station near Springville in Susquehanna County, Pa., following a Thursday morning fire at the facility.

“Williams Partners’ assessment of damage to the facility is ongoing,” the company said in a statement.

“Preliminary visual assessment shows that the structure sustained the brunt of the damage, while equipment and flooring inside the structure remain in place.”

The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation, officials said.

All employees and contractors at the facility were accounted for and there were no injuries.

Emergency shutdown equipment worked properly to isolate and minimize the incident, and emergency procedures were immediately activated, according to the company.

Williams said it expects the financial impact of the fire to be immaterial to its financial condition, liquidity and, respectively, the distributions and dividends paid to unitholders and shareholders.

At the time of the incident, Cabot Oil & Gas was moving about 365 million cubic feet/day through the station, leading to some disruption in natural gas output.

“The cause of the fire is being investigated and fortunately all personnel are safe and accounted for," said Dan O. Dinges, Cabot CEO.

“The investigation has just begun as to equipment damage, if any, the length of disruption or potential impact.”

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