Fire burns Exxon's Baytown oil refinery

By Hilton Price 

A fire broke out at Exxon’s Baytown refinery Wednesday evening. It was brought under control within hours. No injuries have been reported, and plant operations are not affected.

The fire was contained to a diesel hydrotreating unit. Reports say a hole in a reactor caused the fire, but Exxon says an investigation will be initiated. Damage to the hydrotreater could affect diesel production, but would otherwise not impact operations.

The 560,500 barrel a day refinery is the largest one operating in the U.S. It is located in Baytown, Texas, east of Houston.

For more on refining facilities across the country, check out PennEnergy’s comprehensive Research Area for many detailed reports.


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