Flint Hills Corpus Christi Plant Has Cat Cracker Fire
By Paul Burkhardt –
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Jan 31, 2011 9:58 AM CT Flint Hills Resources LLC reported a fire yesterday in a fluid catalytic cracker at its Corpus Christi East refinery in Texas, according to a state filing. The fire at the FCCU 2 was extinguished, the company said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The event began at 8:56 a.m. local time and lasted about 15 minutes.
Katie Stavinoha, a Flint Hills spokeswoman, declined to comment about the incident. While the cause is under investigation, preliminary information indicates a leaking valve ignited, combusting approximately 840 gallons of light cycle oil, according to the filing.
The refinery is composed of East and West plants, with a combined capacity of 305,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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