Pasadena Refinery Fire Update

A spokesperson for Pasadena Refining System has issued an updated statement on the fire at their Houston-area refinery in December that injured one:

“Pasadena Refining (PRSI) reports that the fire which broke out at approximately 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the coker unit was extinguished a few hours later. The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but a company spokesperson commented that it may have been caused by sludge that collected at the bottom of a tank and caught fire.

All personel  were accounted for and the non-essential personnel safely evacuated the facility as a precautionary measure. One minor injury was reported. The employee was evaluated and released after being transferred to a local hospital. PRSI has responded with the emergency response team and no other process unit at the refinery was impacted by the fire. All units are operating at planned rate without any operational constraints.

The 100,000-barrels-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 (PBR, PETR4.BR), or Petrobras.