Deaths At Tesoro Refinery Fire

abarrelfullabarrelfull wrote on 05 Apr 2010 11:05
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The major news in the refining space is an accident at Tesoro Anacortes Refinery

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Pacific time today, a fire occurred at the Tesoro Anacortes refinery. The incident was on a small section of the refinery following minor, routine maintenance. The fire was contained at around 2 a.m., has been extinguished and the unit has been shut down and isolated.

Unfortunately there was more than just a loss of property.

It is with a sense of the most profound sadness that Tesoro must report the loss of four of our friends and co-workers as a result of this tragedy.

This is the worst refinery accident in the USA for 5 years.

It is the most destructive refinery explosion since the blast five years ago that killed 15 people and injured 170 at BP PLC's refinery in Texas City, Texas.

These things happen with an unfortunate frequency in our business, and it is imperative on everyone to do everything they can to reduce the risks. We can never eliminate them, our business is a dangerous one, but we can always do better.

There was another fire at the weekend. This time, there was thankfully no loss of life.

Anglo-Russian oil giant TNK-BP announced during the weekend that a fire broke out at its refinery in Saratov near the border with Kazakhstan. TNK-BP officials said the fire raged for less than two hours. There were no injuries or significant damage to the facility.

Interestingly the company is obviously working on this very issue.

TNK-BP announces the opening of a Safety Academy based at one of the Group’s main plants – the Ryazan Oil Refining Company — where Group company employees and their contractors will undergo training.

BP was of course criticised heavily for allowing standards to slip following the fire in Texas. Hopefully this situation will not be repeated.

Lets all go about our daily business safely.


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