08 February 2011 23:04 [Source: ICIS news]
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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Enterprise Products on Tuesday said the main facilities at its Mont Belvieu natural gas liquids (NGL) complex in ?xml:namespace>
As of late Tuesday afternoon, one worker was still unaccounted for, the company said.
Meanwhile, bids for February rose to 46.50 cents/lb from 44.00 cents/lb. Ethylene traded at 44.25-46.00 cents/lb on Monday.
The fire at
ExxonMobil said its giant
“As a precaution, we have taken steps necessary to ensure our facilities remain isolated from the incident,” said ExxonMobil spokesman Kevin Allexon.
Chevron Phillips, which operates an olefins facility in nearby Cedar Bayou, and a polyolefins facility in Pasadena, Texas, would offer no comments regarding any potential impact of the Mont Belvieu blast.
Shell said the fire had no impact on its downstream operations or those of Motiva, but was still assessing the situation.
The former employee said the pipelines were not built to withstand a large explosion.
The former employee added that if the pipes are burning, the fire should burn out in short time.
The gushing appearance of the fire could indicate a pipeline leak, the former employee said, resulting from the release of high pressure of propane, butane or ethane.
However, the former employee also cautioned that the blast could be from a wellhead, which could take days or weeks to burn out.
Enterprise Products also operates an NGL fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu. Overall, the NGL fractionation plant has a total capacity of 305,000 bbl/day, the company said on its website.
Market sources said NGL prices were offered higher following the fire, but few trades were likely to be completed until more information is released.
Mont Belvieu is located about 30 miles (48 km) east of
(Additional reporting by Sheena Martin, Al Greenwood, Brian Ford and William Lemos)
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