UpdateTank pump hose caught fire at Marathon refinery - spokesperson

28 February 2013 22:53  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Fire broke out in a hose connected to a tank pump at Marathon's Galveston Bay Refinery, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.

No injuries were reported, and no off-site impacts occurred, said Shane Pochard, communications manager for Marathon.

Pochard had no comment on whether operations at the refinery had been affected.

Texas City Emergency Management (TCEM) officials responded to the fire at about 16:00 Houston time. Upon arrival, the TCEM reported that materials on the ground had caught fire, but the tank was not in flames.

Emergency crews continued to work the scene Thursday afternoon to extinguish the blaze.

On 1 February, Marathon completed the purchase of the 475,000 bbl/day refinery from BP for approximately $598m (€454m), plus inventories estimated at $1.1bn.

The Texas City, Texas, refinery ranks as the third largest for processing capacity in the US.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Jeremy Pafford
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