December 5, 2022

Four people have been injured in a fire at an oil refinery in Exxon’s Baytown, Texas

December 23 (Reuters) – Four people were injured in a fire at Exxon Mobil Corp on Thursday. (XOM.N) The complex, located in downtown Texas, is one of the largest refineries and petrochemical facilities in the United States.

Two of the four contract workers admitted to the hospital with injuries were released after treatment. The company said the condition of the two, who are still being treated at the hospital, was stable.

The cause of the fire, which was extinguished seven hours after CT (0700 GMT) was reported at about 1 p.m., was not identified, Exxon said.

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A fire broke out in a hydrotreater unit at a refinery that was closed Wednesday due to a bypass line leak. Those familiar with the plant’s operations told Reuters that the injured were contractors who were repairing the leak.

Hydrotreaters remove sulfur and other contaminants in the production of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel. An Exxon official told a news conference that the fire had affected a unit producing petrol.

See this image taken from social media on December 23, 2021, a fire at the refinery of the petrochemical company ExxonMobil near Houston, Bottom, Texas, USA. Molly Fitzpatrick via REUTERS

Harris County Sheriff et Gonzalez, on Twitter, said early reports indicated there had been some sort of explosion at the plant. Social media users took to Twitter to say that buildings in the area had been shaken by a bomb blast.

Bedown Plant A chemical plant, an Olympians plant and the country’s fourth largest oil refinery, have the capacity to process 560,500 barrels of crude per day. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

To focus on stabilizing the affected units, Exxon is adjusting production rates at other downtown processing units, spokeswoman Julie King said.

The facility is located on the Houston Ship Canal about 25 miles (40 km) east of Houston, covering about 3,400 acres and employs about 7,000 people.

The company has set up a hotline for locals to receive requests for damages.

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Four people have been injured in a fire at an Exxon Bedown plant in the state of Texas

Report by Urban Varghese in Bangalore, Bharat Govind Gautam, Akriti Sharma and Shubham Kalia and Erwin Seba in Houston; Additional Report by Barth Kurrajan and Seher Darin; Graphic by Wijetan Mohammed Kawusa; Editing: Kirsten Donovan, Mark Porter, Bernadette Pam and Sonia Hepinstall

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