Phila Refinery Fire Shuts Crude Unit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 12:05 PM gHale

A fire that broke out at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc. refinery Friday forced a core crude unit down at the East Coast’s largest oil plant.

The fire at the 335,000 barrel-per-day refinery occurred on a charge pump in the larger Girard Point half of the plant at 5:40 p.m., the company said. It said there were no injuries and the fire was out within an hour.

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The outcome of the unit remained unclear just after the fire as one person told Reuters the 200,000-bpd No. 137 sweet crude unit shut down after the fire, while a second person said the refinery did not completely shut down. Energy intelligence provider Genscape later reported the crude unit as well as a related vacuum distillation unit at the refinery shut down.

It was unclear how much damage the fire caused or how quickly the unit might be running again. The Philadelphia plant, co-owned by the Carlyle Group and a unit of Energy Transfer Partners, is a major supplier of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the nation’s biggest consuming area.

Oil markets shut down for the weekend before the fire but fuel prices could jump if the disruption proves prolonged, particularly as gasoline demand remains strong this summer due to lower prices.

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