Situation under control at CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery
Jul 20, 2009
HOUSTON, July 20, 2009 --- As part of the most important actions taken in response to the fire that occurred at the Corpus Christi refinery on Sunday, July 19, 2009, CITGO Petroleum Corporation has been providing all immediate and necessary assistance to our injured employee, Gabriel Alvarado, 34, and his family. “Gabriel and the Alvarado family are in our thoughts and prayers and we have personnel at the hospital in San Antonio to assure they are receiving all the required attention. Our primary concern right now is for the recovery of Gabriel and to support his family in their time of need,” said Kevin Ferrall, Vice President and General Manager of the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery.
The fire, which originated in the alkylation unit at CITGO’s East Plant on Sunday morning, is under control and emergency crews remain on site as the residual hydrocarbon burns off. All notifications to government and regulatory agencies were made and there is no threat to the community. A Process Safety Management (PSM) investigation team has begun its work.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.