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    Pasadena Refining Texas Coker Unit Fire Contained; One Injured Company Spokesman

    By Rose Marton-Vitale; Dow Jones Newswires, 201-264-4185, rose.marton@ dowjones.com

    Dec 23, 2011 NEW YORK (Dow Jones)-A coker unit fire on Saturday at Pasadena Refining Systems Inc.’s oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas, had been contained but continued to burn, the company said.
    “PRSI (Pasadena Refining Systems, Inc.) has responded with the emergency response team and the fire is already under control. No other refinery unit was impacted by the fire,” company spokesman Ciro Ribeiro said.
    “All employees have been accounted for and one non-critical injury has been reported. The employee has been transferred to a local hospital and is being treated for a minor injury,” Ribeiro added.
    The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to local television news reports.
    Several of those reports characterized the event as an explosion between 1900 and 1930 CST on Saturday, causing non-life threatening injuries to one man .
    Ribeiro said the fire occurred at 1900 CST.
    The 100,000-barrel-a-day refinery had resumed normal operating rates in early November following a crude unit fire on September 30.
    Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. is operated by Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.

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    Petrobras: Texas refinery fire extinguished

    Bloomberg Dec 11, 1011 – A fire at Petroleo Brasileiro SAs Pasadena refinery near Houston has been extinguished, the company said in an emailed statement.

    The fire at started in the coker unit at around 7 p.m. on Dec. 10, and caused one employee to suffer a minor injury, the statement said.

    The refinery has a capacity of 106,500 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The plant has coking capacity of 12,500 barrels a day.

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    Pasadena: Officials say refinery blast caused by sludge at bottom of tank

    by KHOU.com staff khou.com
    Posted on December 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    PASADENA, Texas Pasadena Refining System says an explosion at their refinery Saturday night was caused by sludge at the bottom of a tank.
    Apparently, the sludge ignited, causing a fireball.
    One person suffered burns to his arm and was hospitalized after the blast, and another was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
    There was no serious damage to the plant

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