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    Alon’s Asphalt Refinery B.Springs burns

    Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008 12:27 a.m. MST
    Thick smoke is seen after multiple explosions rocked an oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas, Monday. Five people were hurt but all workers were accounted for about an hour after the blast, which closed I-20

    Tim Fischer, Associated Press
    Thick smoke is seen after multiple explosions rocked an oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas, Monday. Five people were hurt but all workers were accounted for about an hour after the blast, which closed I-20.

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    Alon Texas Refinery Explosion Began in Chemical Unit (Update1)
    2008-02-19 09:42 (New York)

    By Christian Schmollinger and Jim Kennett
         Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) — Alon USA Energy Inc. said an
    explosion that shut its refinery in Big Spring, Texas, yesterday
    started in a chemical-making unit and ignited fires in storage
    tanks, injuring four workers.
         The explosion occurred at the facility’s propylene unit,
    causing fires in asphalt and slop-oil tanks, Alon said in a
    filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. An
    asphalt tank was still burning at the time the report was
    submitted.
         Joseph Israel, an Alon spokesman, said in a telephone
    interview that he didn’t know when the refinery, which closed
    after the blast, would return to operation.
         The workers’ injuries “are not believed to be life-
    threatening,” Dallas-based Alon said in a statement yesterday.
    The cause of the blast, which occurred at about 8:15 a.m.
    central time, isn’t known, the company said.
         Alon reported emissions releases as a result of the
    explosion from the asphalt storage area, two different flaring
    units, a gasoline-making unit and the tank farm. The refinery
    office collapsed in the accident, requiring the company to file
    the report from an unidentified person’s home.
         The fire, which has been contained, is in the process of
    being extinguished, and an investigation will begin as soon as
    possible, Alon said.
         “The refinery is totally offline right now,” Blake Lewis
    of Richardson, Texas-based Lewis Public Relations, which
    represents Alon, said in a telephone interview. “We’re not
    doing anything to ration or control the supply of product. We
    have product available.”

                            Oil Supplies

         Oil supplies to the refinery have been cut, he said. The
    refinery, which can process 70,000 barrels of oil a day, is
    located about 290 miles (467 kilometers) west of Dallas. It
    serves markets in West Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.
         Gasoline for March delivery today rose for a fourth day, by
    4.1 percent to $2.5967 a gallon in New York at 9:24 a.m.
         Alon “will make all the appropriate arrangements to keep
    customers supplied,” Chief Executive Officer Jeff Morris said
    in a statement.

    –With reporting by Jordan Burke and Robert Tuttle in New York
    and Nadja Brandt in Los Angeles. Editors: Reinie Booysen, Kim
    Jordan.

    To contact the reporter on this story:
    Christian Schmollinger in Singapore at +65-6212-1898 or
    christian.s@bloomberg.net
    Jim Kennett in Houston at +1-713-353-4871 or
    jkennett@bloomberg.net

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