US chemical safety board to probe Chevron refinery fire

08 August 2012 17:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has sent a seven-member team to California to investigate an explosion and fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery near San Francisco in California, it said on Wednesday.

The CSB - citing Chevron officials - said that the incident on Monday evening involved the release of vapour that found an ignition source.

Four workers sustained minor injures and several thousand members of the public were ordered to shelter in place, the CSB said.

It remains unclear when Chevron will be able to resume full operations at the refinery. Chevron media officials did not respond to requests for additional information.

However, in an update on its website, Chevron said it will “work hard to repair the refinery so that we can provide consumers with the fuel products they need".

“We will continue to work with government agencies to determine the cause of the incident and strive to see that it never happens again,” it added.

Chevron also said that it set up a claims process to compensate neighbouring residents for medical and property expenses incurred as a result of the incident.

“We also will see to it that communities be reimbursed for the costs they face for emergency personnel who responded to [Monday] night’s incident,” it added. 

According to ICIS information, Chevron's Richmond refinery has a processing capacity of about 245,000 bbl/day.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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