Three workers injured as crane falls at Exxon Torrance, California refinery

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 1:33 PM

By Liz Hampton

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Three workers were injured when a 300-ton crane tipped over and crashed to the ground on Monday morning at Exxon Mobil Corp's 149,500-barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Torrance, California, a city official said on Monday.

The crane was lifting equipment on a portion of the 100,000-bpd gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit at the refinery, sources familiar with plant operations said.

The workers' injuries were believed to be minor, the Torrance official said.

In the Los Angeles wholesale market the reaction was immediate with gasoline for delivery in June jumping 5 cents a gallon to sell at 20 cents a gallon over July NYMEX gasoline futures.

A delay to clear away the crane and restore operations could prevent the transfer of the plant's ownership to PBF Energy Inc by July 1. PBF Energy agreed in September to buy the refinery from Exxon for $537.5 million.

A PBF spokesman had no immediate comment about the transfer deadline.

Before PBF takes ownership, Exxon has to demonstrate the refinery has been fully operational for 15 days.

The gasoline unit restarted in early May after being shut for 15 months following a fire and explosion.

(Reporting by Liz Hampton and Erwin Seba in Houston,; Jarrett Renshaw and Jessica Resnick-Ault in New York; Editing by Terry Wade and Jeffrey Benkoe)