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January 18, 2013 at 11:47 pm #1759
A delayed coker unit at HollyFrontier’s oil refinery in Cheyenne, Wyo., experienced a fire on Wednesday, according to a local CBS website news report.
A gas leak caused the fire to break at around 12:00 p.m. MST, and refinery operators, the plant’s fire brigade and members of Cheyenne’s fire department worked to isolate it at the delayed coker unit and to extinguish it by 1:45 p.m. MST on Wednesday, the report said.
The status of operations at the 52,000-bpd Cheyenne refinery wasn’t specified.
A HollyFrontier representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.
January 17, 2013
By ROSE MARTON-VITALE
Dow Jones Newswires
January 19, 2013 at 12:01 am #4543
Leak Sparks Fire at Wyoming Oil Refinery
An equipment leak is being blamed for a fire at HollyFrontier’s refinery here Wednesday afternoon.
In a statement, the refinery’s human resources director, Don Finley, said the leak occurred in a piece of equipment adjacent to the refinery’s delayed coker unit.
A tall smokestack-like structure, the coker unit distills heavy residual oil into other products by heating it to more than 900 degrees.
Finley said the fire started shortly after noon and burned for nearly two hours while the refinery’s fire brigade worked to cool affected equipment and isolate the flames.
The brigade was assisted by Cheyenne Fire and Rescue, which dispatched three engines, an aerial truck and a battalion chief. American Medical Response provided emergency medical services on site.
Finley said the blaze was extinguished by 1:45 p.m. with all employees and contractors accounted for and uninjured.
He said that because the coker unit operates independently from the rest of the refinery other operations should be unaffected and there appear to be no off-site impacts.
The refinery’s fire brigade will be in charge of investigating the cause of the fire. Finley said it is still too early to determine exactly how the leak started or the dollar value of the damage to the facility.
Wednesday’s was the first major fire at the refinery since July 28, 2010 when fire broke out in the refinery’s main crude oil distillation unit.
Copyright 2013 – Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne
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