Accident at Tesoro's Golden Eagle Refinery wounds one

By Phaedra Friend Troy

According to a report from Reuters, a Sunday accident at US refiner Tesoro Corporation’s Golden Eagle Refinery has wounded one employee.

A sludge tank fire at the Martinez, California, refinery sent one employee to the hospital. The contractor has since been discharged.

The fire ignited while the tank was undergoing maintenance operations. The flames were extinguished within hours by the refinery’s fire-fighting department.

Processing operations continue at the refinery.

Located in Martinez, California, near San Francisco, the Golden Eagle Refinery has a crude oil capacity of 166,000 barrels per day. The refinery produces motor fuels, heavy oil fuels, liquefied petroleum gas, petroleum coke, as well as feedstocks.

San Antonio-based Tesoro Corporation is a Fortune 500 downstream and retail marketing company with seven US refineries, including one in Hawaii and one in Alaska. In addition to nearly 900 branded retail stations, Tesoro has a daily oil refining capacity of 665,000 barrels.

A blast at its Anacortes Refinery in Washington in April 2010 killed six people. Tesoro shut-down crude processing at the refinery while investigations into the cause of that incident are under way.

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