Oklahoma Refinery Coming Back Up After Fire

abarrelfullabarrelfull wrote on 28 Dec 2010 12:20
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On Sunday, December 26 at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Wynnewood Refinery experienced a gas release, small explosion and fire in the hydrocracker process unit at the company’s 70,000 bpd facility in Wynnewood, OK. There were no injuries in the incident.

The highway on the east side of the plant was temporarily blocked for a short time by the Wynnewood Police Department as a precaution.

The fire was limited to an area associated with a heat exchanger and was quickly brought under control by refinery personnel.

An investigation into the cause of the fire and the extent of damage is underway. The affected units will be out of operation for a short time and other units which were shut down as a safety precaution are currently being restarted. The refinery will be operated at reduced rates until all repairs are completed.

The company anticipates minimal disruption to customers’ supply.

Additional information will be provided when available.

Wynnewood Refining Company in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gary-Williams Energy Corporation of Denver, Colorado. The refinery processes crude oil to make motor fuels and employs about 260 company personnel.

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