US Chevron shuts ethylene pipeline after explosion

23 July 2012 21:39  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Chevron Pipe Line shut down a 10-inch (2.5-cm) ethylene pipeline following an explosion, the company said on Monday.

Lightning apparently struck an ethylene pipeline above-ground valve site on Saturday, said Sean Comey, Chevron spokesman. This led to a fire and explosion.

The site is in Port Arthur, Texas, according to media reports.

No injuries were reported.

The pipeline has since been shut down and isolated, and the damage is being assessed, Comey said. Chevron does not know how long repairs will take.

The pipeline is owned by Chevron Phillips Chemical and operated by Chevron Pipe Line, Comey said.

By: Al Greenwood
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