All units shut down after fire at Valero Louisiana refinery

23 July 2012 15:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A fire in the crude unit of Valero’s 135,000 bbl/day Meraux refinery in Louisiana caused all units in the refinery to shut down while repairs are made, a company spokesman said on Monday.

Local emergency teams responded to a fire in the refinery’s crude unit early Sunday and no offsite health or safety impacts occurred, according to Valero spokesman Bill Day. Nearby streets were temporarily closed as a precaution, but have since been reopened.

Day said a full damage assessment is still under way.

All units at the refinery are currently shut down, and will remain down while repairs are made to the crude unit and related utilities. At this time, it is too early to determine how long the repairs will take,” Day said.

He added that other units may be restarted while repairs continue to the crude unit.

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