March 5, 2016 – HOUSTON (Reuters) – Three people were burned – one severely – when a generator exploded on Saturday morning at the Pasadena, Texas, refinery owned by Brazil’s national oil company Petrobras, sources familiar with emergency operations at the plant said.
Energy industry intelligence service Genscape said a 35,000 barrel per day (bpd) light cycle oil hydrotreater was shut at the Pasadena refinery following the explosion.
Genscape also said all other units at the 100,000 bpd Pasadena Refining System refinery appeared to be operating normally.
Firefighters from the Pasadena and Houston fire departments continued to battle the blaze on Saturday at the refinery, according to the departments.
“One of the guys was burnt up pretty bad,” one of the sources said. “I don’t think the other two were very bad.”
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A Petrobras spokeswoman in Houston said she had no information about events at the refinery on Saturday morning.
Pasadena Police Department spokesman Vance Mitchell said one injury had been reported to the department.
A portion of the Houston Ship Channel was reopened at 12:45 p.m. local time after being shut for about three hours due to heavy black smoke from the blaze at the refinery, which is adjacent to the waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The blast shook houses near the refinery in the Houston suburb of Pasadena, Houston-area television stations reported.