Chevron says four killed in UK refinery explosion

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 03, 2011 2:28 AM
Chevron says four killed in UK refinery explosion

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil major Chevron said on Friday four people were killed and one person was seriously injured in an explosion at its refinery in southwest Wales.

The blast occurred at the 220,000 barrel per day Pembroke refinery on Thursday. Chevron did not provide any details on the operational status of the refinery.

Police said a fire broke out after an explosion in a storage tank during maintenance. An adjacent storage tank was also damaged.

"We will take every step possible to determine the series of events that led to this tragic incident," Chevron said.

Staff at the refinery will not be attending work on Friday, the BBC reported, without citing a source for the information, suggesting output at the plant will come to a halt.

Chevron put the refinery up for sale last year to lower its exposure to the refining business.

U.S. refiner Valero Energy Corp agreed in March to buy the refinery and other assets in a $730 million deal expected to close in the third quarter.

(Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; Editing by Ed Lane and David Holmes)