Workers Suffer Burns in Plant Fire
On March 11, 2014, four contract workers suffered burns in a flash fire at an Enterprise Products Partners LP natural gas processing plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rick Rainey, the company's spokesman, reported that the accident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the Enterprise Products Shoup plant when workers were changing a component designed to filter the gas stream. As the component was being transferred, a flash fire broke out.
Rainey stated Wednesday that the cause of the fire remains unknown and is still under investigation, though he suspects it was related to chemicals in the filters. The fire did not disrupt plant operations. Emergency officials informed reporters that two workers were taken to a Corpus Christi hospital, while the other two workers were flown to San Antonio Military Medical Center. Details on the extent of the victims' injuries still remain unknown.
While accidents like this are not impossible, they are not of the norm at Enterprise Products Partners LP, according to Rainey. In 2011, a series of explosions destroyed a majority of a Mont Belvieu facility that was owned and operated by Enterprise Products. In this incident, the fire was controlled after two hours, and one contractor was unaccounted for. Strike, the energy services company that employed the injured workers at the Corpus Christi plant, has yet to return any messages.