Exxon Assessing Damage to Beaumont Refinery Crude Unit Following Fire

Reuters, November 30, 2017

ExxonMobil Corp was assessing damage on Wednesday to the shut small crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 362,300 barrel-per-day Beaumont, Texas, refinery, said sources familiar with plant operations. Exxon spokeswoman Charlotte Huffaker said the company continues to meet its contractual commitments, but declined to discuss the status of individual units at the Beaumont refinery.

The 110,000-bpd CDU was shut on Tuesday by a fire that started due to a leak on the unit, according to a notice Exxon filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The CDU is the smaller of two at the refinery doing the initial refining of crude oil and supplying hydrocarbon feed to all other production units.

No injuries were reported due to the fire, which burned for about 40 minutes early Tuesday morning before it was put out by the refinery’s fire department.


(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)

Click here to read the full article from Reuters.

Copyright 2019 Thomson Reuters. Click for restrictions.

Comments and Discussion

There are no comments yet.

Add a Comment

Please log in or register to participate in comments and discussions.

Inspectioneering Journal

Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

Company Directory

Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

Job Postings

Discover job opportunities that match your skillset.

Case Studies

Learn from the experience of others in the industry.

Event Calendar

Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.

Industry News

Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.


Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.


Commonly used asset integrity management and inspection acronyms.

Asset Intelligence Reports

Download brief primers on various asset integrity management topics.


Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.

Expert Interviews

Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.