Valero Extinguishes `Small Fire’ at Houston Refinery (Update1)
By Aaron Clark
Oct. 9, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Valero Energy Corp., the largest U.S. refiner, said a fire extinguished at its Houston, Texas, refinery while starting a unit will not delay the plant’s restart from a shutdown because of Hurricane Ike.
“This was a small, smoldering fire with no visible flames, and it was immediately extinguished by refinery personnel,” Bill Day, a Valero spokesman, said in an e-mail. “There were no injuries, no environmental impacts, and no damage to the unit. The restart of the FCC was not affected, and it is proceeding as planned.”
Yesterday Valero said it planned to begin returning units to service at the refinery, which was shut because of Hurricane Ike.