08 February 2011 20:59 [Source: ICIS news]
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An official with the Mont Belvieu Police Department said that no orders for evacuation or shelter-in-place had been issued, adding that the department was unaware of any injuries.
However, market sources said one contractor was still unaccounted for as of 13:30 hours
Enterprise Products confirmed that report, according to Houston CBS television affiliate KHOU. The station also said witnesses reported seeing workers fleeing from the plant.
Meanwhile, other workers were being told to stay inside, KHOU reported.
Enterprise Products did not respond to requests for further comment about the status of the complex, which is the largest underground storage facility for NGLs in the world.
Market sources said the explosions and subsequent fire occurred in an iso-octane unit on the west side of the complex, near several storage facilities. Those also are near a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline.
The storage facilities, which
Market sources speculated that the fire could persist for some time since it originated near the storage facilities.
It fractionates mixed NGLs from several supply basins in North America, including the Mid-Continent,
Market sources said NGL prices were offered higher following the fire, but few trades were likely to be completed until more information is released.
The fire started at 12:30 hours
(Additional reporting by Sheena Martin and Al Greenwood)
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