No Injuries in Fire at Texas BP Refinery

A fire in a residual hydrotreater at a BP refinery in Texas City (TX) was extinguished in roughly 1.5 hour and resulted in no injuries, reports Reuters.

The fire was fought by the refinery’s fire department. The residual hydrotreater remained shut following the fire, but the rest of the refinery’s units, including crude distillation and gasoline plants, were operating.

A residual hydrotreater uses hydrogen to remove sulfur from crude oil residuals before they are processed in refining units. Crude oil residuals are heavy, tar-like portions of a barrel of crude oil.

The Texas City Emergency Management office said heavy oil was burning in the fire, creating a smoke plume that could be seen up to five miles away.

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