Fire at Total TX Refinery Shuts Unit

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 12:10 PM gHale

Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA reported a fire that led to a unit shutdown over the weekend at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

“An unanticipated fire at Unit 836 resulted in a unit upset,” the refinery said in a statement to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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“Loss of containment was sounded, the fire brigade responded, the fire was extinguished, and Unit 836 was shut down.”

The problems also led to above-normal emissions of sulfur dioxide that began Sunday morning and lasted about three hours, the company said.

The 225,000-barrel-a-day refinery is located 95 miles east of Houston.



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