US Enterprise Products resumes ops at Mont Belvieu after fire

10 February 2011 05:30  [Source: ICIS news]

Enterprise Mont Belvieu facility following Tuesday fireSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Enterprise Products has resumed operations at its facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas, after fully extinguishing a fire that started early on Tuesday morning, the company said in a statement.

The contract worker who was unaccounted for after the fire on Tuesday has been located, but did not survive the fire, the company said late on Wednesday.

“Enterprise's Mont Belvieu facilities, including two of its four natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation units, are online and operational after a portion of its jointly-owned Mont Belvieu NGL storage facilities experienced a fire yesterday,” the statement said.

The NGL facilities at which the fire broke out are jointly owned by Enterprise and US-based Duncan Energy Partners.

The fire occurred at an NGL storage area away from the main part of the Mont Belvieu complex, which houses Enterprise's NGL and propylene fractionators, butane isomerisation units and other processing facilities - none of which were damaged by the fire, it said.

“There has been minimal impact to the MTBV (Mount Belvieu) facilities directly and Enterprise believes that upstream gas processing facilities and gas plant production were not materially affected by service disruptions resulting from the fire,” the company said.

“All facilities directly affected by the fire have been isolated and alternative facilities, where available, are currently in use and additional alternatives are being pursued,” it added.

Enterprise's other facilities around Mont Belvieu and elsewhere in the country remain fully operational, the statement said.

A Wall Street analyst earlier said the fire would likely have a significant impact on US petrochemical markets because of supply shortages and higher near-term costs.

Enterprise's complex in Mont Belvieu is among the world's largest NGL underground storage centres. Crackers in the US rely on ethane as feedstock for ethylene.

The fire in Mont Belvieu, located about 30 miles (48 km) east of Houston, began at about 12:30 hours Houston time (18:30 GMT) on Tuesday.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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