Around 10 am on Thursday morning, a gas plant had a massive explosion south of the border between New Mexico and Texas. Owned by Andarko, the plant explosion prompted a lockdown of all plants in the Delaware Basin, which may be standard procedure under the circumstances. At the same time, the incident is occurring at a time of significant unrest in the U.S. due to global terrorist activity.
200 Employees On Site During Explosion
The facility, owned by a subsidiary of Andarko named Western Gas Partners, had about 200 employees working on the site when the explosion occurred. However, according to Andarko spokesperson John Christiansen, all 200 people were accounted for with only 2 minor injuries at the time. The Sheriff’s Department and officials from the Fire Department appeared to help evacuate.
Fire Leads to Hundreds of Evacuated Locals
The explosion caused a fire that led to hundreds of evacuations in the surrounding region. Fortunately, by 5 pm, the fire had been mostly contained, but at the time no cause had been ascertained. Western Gas Partners received the plant only last year as part of a $1.5 billion deal with Nuevo Midstream LLC.
When it was bought, the plant had extensive facilities designed for cryogenic processing, among other processing equipment and facilities. At the time of this writing, no investigation could begin due to the fire, though contained, still burning in portions of the plant.
Arnold & Itkin is relieved that no workers were killed as a result of the massive explosion. Our hearts go out to the two injured workers, though we are glad that their injuries are being reported as minor. Whether the cause was human error or mechanical failure, we hope that no further explosions will warrant the lockdown of further plants—Delaware Basin or otherwise.