CITGO reviews US safety findings on Texas refinery

07 September 2012 21:31  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--CITGO is reviewing the findings of a safety evaluation of its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, by US regulators, the refining and petrochemicals firm said on Friday.

CITGO was responding to an announcement this week by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which cited CITGO for five safety violations at the refinery and proposes to fine the company a $66,500 (€52,535) penalty.

OSHA made the citations following an inspection it conducted at the refinery after receiving a complaint that employees had been exposed to a leak of hydrofluoric acid at a flange in an alkylation unit while performing maintenance work.

“We appreciate the thorough evaluation by the OSHA and are currently reviewing its findings to ensure that our strict safety procedures were followed,” CITGO said in an emailed statement to ICIS.

“Our highest core value is always the safety of our employees, contractors and members of the local community,” it said.

The company added that it achieved a significant improvement in its corporate-wide refining safety performance in 2011, with both its total recordable incident rate and it days away, restricted or transferred rate falling to about half of what they were in 2010.

“According to industry figures recently released by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), CITGO excelled in these two safety metrics with results significantly lower than the refining industry average,” it said.

The Corpus Christi refinery’s processing capacity is 165,000 bbl/day, according to the company.

Houston-based CITGO is a subsidiary of Venezuela’s national oil and petrochemicals major Petroleos de Venezuela SA(PDVSA). PDVSA last month had a major accident at its 645,000 bbl/day Amuay refinery in Venezuela. 

($1 = €0.79)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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