A fire that broke out in an oil tank at Chevron’s 112,229 bpd Pasadena Refinery in Texas on 18 August 2020, “resulted in no injuries and all personnel are accounted for”, Chevron said.

The fire took light in an oil tank in the northeast corner of the refinery site near the Houston Ship Channel. It was reported at around 5.45am local time. A Chevron spokesman said 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 outlets, but Chevron said 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 later reopened.

Investigations into the cause of the blaze are ongoing.

For more information visit www.chevron.com

21st August 2020