Calumet refinery continues to run after blast

08 February 2010 20:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Calumet’s 58,000 bbl/day Shreveport refinery in Louisiana continued to run on Monday after an explosion on Friday shut down its belco unit, a company official said.

“The belco unit has been shut down and secured while safety and maintenance crews determine what happened and why,” Calumet spokesperson Liz Swain said. The belco unit scrubs residual gas with water as a pollution abatement.

At approximately 17:40 hours Shreveport time (23:40 hours GMT) on Friday, nearby residents heard a loud noise coming from the Calumet refinery.

However, the company said in a statement that there was no fire, no injuries and no environmental emissions. The explosion did however damage some local homes.

The Shreveport Fire Department responded to the scene but since there were no injuries or fire, they returned to their stations, Swain said.

Calumet is unclear what caused the blast, but it has a team investigating the cause.

Calumet is primarily a producer of base oils and waxes.

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