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Kansas refinery fire injures four, halts production

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media

A fire at a Coffeyville, Kansas refinery early Tuesday prompted the facility to shut down and sent four workers to the hospital.

CVR Refining’s 115,000-per-day refinery caught fire around 12:30 a.m. and was extinguished by 1:18 a.m. The blaze broke out in an isomerization unit, used to produce butane and higher-octane gasoline. All four of the injured workers were operating a pump and suffered burns. CVR has said it is providing assistance to workers and their families. No explosion was reported and all other employees are accounted for.

The fire prompted the refinery to shut down pending safety investigations. Its presence as a major crude buyer near the Cushing, Oklahoma hub is expected to put pressure on regional crude oil prices. West Texas Intermediate oil, used as a price benchmark, fell to a two-week low on concerns of lower overall area demand.

CVR has not released information regarding the cause of the fire, the extent of the refinery’s damage or when production would start again.

Read the articles by Petro Global News: Kansas refinery blaze injures four, forces shutdown

and Reuters: Fire injures four, shuts CVR Refining’s Kansas refinery

 

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