A fire that broke out in an oil tank at Chevron’s 112,229 BPD Pasadena Refinery in Texas, US, on 18 August 2020, resulted in no injuries, and all personnel are accounted for.
The fire, in an oil tank in the northeast corner of the refinery site near the Houston Ship Channel, was reported at around 5.45am local time. A Chevron spokeman told Tank Storage Magazine that the fire was extinguished by 6.30am and the final all-clear was given at 8.45am.
Refinery staff activated the site’s emergency response plan, notifying appropriate agencies. Emergency response officials from Pasadena and Harris County were onsite and worked with the response team. Smoke rose more than 600 feet (183 m) into the air, according to local news channel ABC13, but Chevron says that its perimeter air monitoring equipment did not show any offsite effects on air quality.
The Houston Ship Channel, Washburn Tunnel and several surrounding streets were closed as a safety precaution but reopened later.
Investigations into the cause of the blaze are underway.