Fire leads to shutdown of ExxonMobil gas plant in south Texas

Houston (Platts)--19 Nov 2013 115 pm EST/1815 GMT

A fire that began Monday has shut down ExxonMobil's 500,000 Mcf/d King Ranch natural gas processing plant in Kingsville, Texas, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

ExxonMobil spokesman David Eglinton said the company is communicating with customers and keeping them updated on the status of the plant, which processes gas and associated liquids produced by ExxonMobil and other producers in the area.

There were no injuries, Eglinton said.

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The fire began early Monday morning at the King Ranch plant, and is contained to a single area within the facility, he said.

"The fire has considerably reduced," Eglinton said in a written statement. "The responders believe that the safest course of action is to let the remaining small fire burn itself out."

Eglinton said the cause of the incident will be investigated.

He also pointed out that the National Response Center's first report about the incident was inaccurate, as ExxonMobil did not report a 2,000 barrel crude oil spill on to the ground. The plant does not process crude oil.

The NRC's second report corrects the first report by stating that ExxonMobil reported a release of 851 pounds of xylene to the atmosphere as a result of the plant fire, Eglinton said.

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