Explosion rocks East Texas refinery
PORT NECHES, TX - At approximately 1:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, November 27 an explosion was reported at the TPC Group Port Neches Operations site located at 2102 TX-136 Spur, Port Neches, TX 77561 involving a processing unit.
A press release from the company states the following:
Emergency responders are still working to bring the event under control, and are doing so as quickly and safely as possible. Teams have been dispatched to conduct air monitoring along the fence line of the facility and in surrounding neighborhoods through mutual aid.
Unfortunately, the event resulted in injuries to two employees and one contractor at the site. They have been transported to the Medical Center and to Memorial Hermann in Houston for treatment. We are focused on their quick recovery and providing support to their families.
TPC Group activated its Emergency Response Plan and requested assistance from Port Neches Fire Department and Huntsman. The incident was also immediately reported to the appropriate local, state, and federal authorities.
At this time, we cannot speak to the cause of the incident or the extent of damage, but TPC is assembling a team to conduct a full and thorough investigation.
TPC is working with its insurance provider to establish a claims processing hotline for area residents impacted by the event.
TPC Group sincerely remains focused on protecting the safety of responders and the public and minimizing any impact to the environment. We encourage area residents to stay tuned to information from Jefferson County Emergency Management and local responders.
More information will be provided as soon as it is available.