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Refinery explosion - Texas, USA

Author : J GALE

09 February 2011

An explosion and large fire at Enterprise Products oil and gas facility near Mont Belvieu, a small city 35 miles east of Houston occurred on February 8th, 2011. No deaths or injuries are being reported after the explosion and fire which occurred shortly after noon. More than two hours later the fire was still burning.

Company spokesman Rick Rainey has not returned calls, but he told CNN that all the workers have been accounted for, except for one contractor who was seen leaving the area before the blast. The son of a supervisor at the facility told KTRK Houston that his father said all workers were accounted for.

The facility in Chambers County is a natural gas fractionation facility, where natural gas liquids are separated into different components before being put into storage or injected into pipelines. It has a capacity of about 305,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day. Recently, it has become an important hub to oil and gas producers in South Texas' Eagle Ford shale formation, where large quantities of natural gas liquids are being extracted and processed for usage by Gulf Coast petrochemical plants and other customers.

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