Update: Assessment of Pascagoula Refinery Fire Launched
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 17, 2007 -- An initial investigation and assessment of yesterday's fire at Chevron's refinery in Pascagoula, Miss., is underway.
The Pascagoula refinery remains operational but with reduced capacity. Refinery equipment in the immediate vicinity of the fire, including the No.2 crude unit, is not currently in operation. The crude unit is currently being assessed and a plan is being developed to bring the affected unit online.
Chevron's primary concern is for the safety of its employees and the local community. There were no fire-related injuries and all refinery employees and contractors were accounted for following the incident. Chevron would like to extend its thanks to the responding agencies, including the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, the Pascagoula Fire Department and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, for their role in ensuring the incident was managed safely.
The fire in the refinery's No.2 crude unit was extinguished at approximately 8:50 p.m. CDT, Aug 16, following a controlled burnout. Chevron will conduct a thorough investigation of the cause of the fire in coordination with the appropriate local, state and federal agencies.
The Pascagoula Refinery is Chevron's largest wholly owned petroleum refinery, processing an average of 330,000 barrels of crude oil per day and producing a variety of transportation fuels and other refined products.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. We have approximately 58,000 employees, and our subsidiaries conduct business in more than 180 countries. We operate across the entire energy spectrum - producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products and services; manufacturing and selling petrochemical products; generating power; and developing and commercializing the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif.
More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
Updated: August 2007