CVR Refining confirms fire at Coffeyville refinery’s isom unit

CVR Refining LP, Sugar Land, Tex., has confirmed the outbreak and subsequent extinguishing of a fire at the isomerization (isom) unit at its 115,000 b/d refinery at Coffeyville, Kan. The fire was reported at about 12:30 a.m. on July 29 and extinguished less than an hour later.

The company conducted a shutdown of the facility, which is a complex full-coking, medium-sour crude refinery. The refinery is operated by CVR unit Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing of Coffeyville.

The company said that four employees were injured and have been transported to the hospital and that all other employees are accounted for at this time.

“Initial reports indicate there was no impact to the surrounding community,” the company said, adding that company officials continue to assess the situation.

In September 2012, a boiler explosion at CVR’s 70,000-b/d Wynnewood, Okla., refinery killed one worker and critically injured another (OGJ Online, Oct. 1, 2012).

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