Fire Extinguished at Murphy Oil Meraux Refinery

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June 10, 2003

At approximately 3:30 p.m. (CST), Murphy Oil USA employees and St. Bernard Parish firefighters successfully extinguished a fire that began at Murphy’s Meraux refinery early Tuesday morning.

“Once the area cools down, we’ll be able to get a closer look at the affected facilities and begin our investigation,” said Greg Neve, Meraux’s refinery manager. “We will be working in parallel with law enforcement officials and help in any way possible as they conduct their investigations. I commend all our emergency response teams and local responders for the incredible job they’ve done today.”

Neve could not predict how long Murphy’s investigation into the cause would take.

According to Neve, the fire started inside the refinery at approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning, affecting both the ROSE Unit and the Vacuum Unit. The fire in the Vacuum Unit was extinguished by 5:15 a.m. The fire in the ROSE Unit was contained to a small area and crews have worked throughout the day to extinguish it. Two employees received first aid for minor injuries.

Murphy Oil U.S.A. Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR), a natural resources company with headquarters in El Dorado, Arkansas, that operates through wholly owned subsidiaries in the United States and internationally Murphy’s oil and gas operations are fully integrated with exploration for and production of crude oil and natural gas, as well as refining, transporting and marketing of petroleum products and natural gas.

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