BP’s Washington refinery fire blamed on faulty piping

20 June 2012 18:03  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The mid-February fire at BP’s Cherry Point refinery in Washington state resulted from a pipe failure in a crude processing unit, the company said on Wednesday.

The pipe has since been replaced and is being monitored, BP said. A redesign of the piping and area of the fire is being considered.

The 225,000 bbl/day refinery near Ferndale, Washington, returned to operation at the end of May.

During the repairs of the piping and the areas damaged by the fire, BP performed turnaround work at the refinery, the company said. BP said more than 3,200 additional workers were required for the repairs and maintenance.

The Cherry Point refinery is the third largest on the west coast.

By: Sheena Martin
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