Fire hits Port Arthur ethylene plant

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP said the cause of a fire at its petrochemical plant in Port Arthur, Tex., on the evening of July 7 has yet to be determined.

The localized fire, which occurred around 8:00 p.m. CST, has been contained, with two workers treated for injuries as a result of the incident, Chevron Phillips Chemical said.

A team of trained emergency response professionals are working to secure the plant as well as assess damages, and an investigation into the fire’s cause is under way, according to the company.

“We will communicate additional information when it can be confirmed,” said Margie Conway, Chevron Phillips Chemical’s plant manager at Port Arthur.

Further details regarding the incident, including the status of operations at the plant, were not disclosed.

The Port Arthur plant produces about 855,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, according to Oil & Gas Journal’s latest survey of the industry (OGJ, July 7, 2014, p. 99).

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