MOSCOW (MRC) -- Large fire explosion’ rocks ExxonMobil’s Torrance Refinery in California, reported The Washington Post.
Workers evacuated an ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif., after an explosion, which occurred near a fluid catalytic cracking unit, according to the United Steelworkers union that represents operators at the plant.
There was a "large fire explosion" at the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery in Southern California on Wednesday morning, according to the Torrance Police Department. The explosion, which happened shortly before 9 a.m. local time, prompted a shelter-in-place order for nearby residents, according to police, though fire officials said there was "no chemical release."
According to police, everyone was accounted for after the incident. The fire was "quickly extinguished" by both Torrance Fire and ExxonMobil crews, the department added.
Although police reported three minor injuries, ExxonMobil said in an emailed statement Wednesday afternoon that four of its contractors went to the hospital with minor injuries.
Police said that air quality readings were "within normal range," adding: "Air Quality Management is on site to evaluate this situation."
ExxonMobil promised to conduct a "thorough investigation of the cause of this event."
According to the company, approximately 650 employees and 550 contractors work at the 750-acre refinery, which "processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day and produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year."
As MRC wrote before, in late September 2014, ExxonMobil restarted impacted units at its refinery and petrochemical complex in Singapore. They had been shut on September 10, 2014 owing to a power failure. Located at Jurong Island in Singapore, the refinery has a crude processing capacity of 605,000 bpd.
ExxonMobil is the largest non-government owned company in the energy industry and produces about 3% of the world's oil and about 2% of the world's energy.