A fire has occurred at the ExxonMobil Olefins plant and refinery in Baytown on Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. The refinery is located at 3525 Decker Drive, Baytown, TX. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the police department is monitoring the situation. The emergency response teams are also monitoring air quality around the complex and in the community to ensure that neighboring homes and businesses are safe. A shelter-in-place has been issued for residents who live west of the plant and south of 330. Some of the shelters include GC Service Center, Robert E. Lee High School, Peter E. Hyland, and Travis Elementary. So far, at least two flares have been identified, and a large plume of black smoke is billowing into the air. No injuries have been reported.
About Baytown ExxonMobil Olefins Plant
The Baytown Refinery began operations in 1930, and the chemical plan started in 1940. This plant and refinery is comprised of four manufacturing sites, including nearby Mont Belvieu and a global technology center. This ExxonMobil plant and refinery located in Baytown employs a workforce of nearly 7,000 workers. This refinery also has the capacity to process up to 584,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and they produce products such as the butyl in your tires and the polypropylene in our car bumper. In fact, it is one of the largest ethylene plants in the world.
Accidents at Baytown ExxonMobil Olefins Plant
The ExxonMobil Baytown petrochemical complex had numerous accidents throughout its existence, with the most recent occurring five months ago. On March 16, a fire broke out at a hydrotreater in the faculty and forced the refinery to cut back its gasoline production. Although no one was injured in this accident, it does serve as a reminder of how important it is to keep their thousands of workers safe.
Two recent fires at Houston plants also forced thousands of people to shelter in place. These fires seriously injured two workers and killed one. Unfortunately, since refineries work with highly flammable chemicals, any accident or fire can lead to a deadly explosion.
The plant and refinery attorneys at Arnold & Itkin will closely watch this story as authorities reveal more details about the cause of this accident.