Large fire reported at Valero Energy’s Port Arthur refinery
The fire was reported around noon at the 335,000 barrels a day refinery
Valero shutdown the refinery nearly three weeks ago in preparation for Hurricane Harvey
It is unknown if the fire was caused by restarting the refinery or as a result from Harvey
No injuries were reported but residents in the area were told to take shelter
On Tuesday afternoon, a large fire was reported at Valero Energy’s refinery located in Port Arthur, Texas. The refinery sits on the Gulf Coast area that saw the most severe damage from Hurricane Harvey.
The refinery reportedly processes 335,000 barrels a day. The fire began just before noon inside a heavy oil tank. The company’s emergency response team was dispatched and is said to be cooperating with local authorities and other agencies.
No injuries were reported from the fire, and all employees are said to be accounted for. Residents in the immediate area were advised to take shelter as a safety precaution.
Valero had shut down the refinery in preparation for Hurricane Harvey nearly three weeks ago. The plant remained closed for the following two weeks. As of now, it is not clear if the fire was due to restarting the refinery, or a direct result of Harvey’s destruction.