TotalEnergies Petrochemicals & Refining USA announced on Friday an electricity outage, an operational disruption, and excessive gas emissions at its oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.
Power Loss Results in Flaring Emissions
According to the statement made to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the refinery experienced a loss of power to Unit 819, which is the flare gas recovery unit. This power disruption caused a process upset, resulting in flaring emissions that surpassed 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide at the North Flare. The incident occurred on Thursday night.
Emergency Procedures Implemented
Upon discovering the power loss, the refinery immediately implemented emergency procedures to bring the flare back into compliance. The company has confirmed that the refinery remains operational, with the power disruption only affecting a specific unit.
A spokesperson for TotalEnergies reassured that appropriate operating procedures were followed to address the power outage and restart the affected unit.
Location and Contact
The TotalEnergies Port Arthur refinery, with a capacity of 225,000 barrels per day, is situated 95 miles east of Houston.
For more information, please contact TotalEnergies Petrochemicals & Refining USA.
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