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This is Texas City Emergency Management. Valero Texas City has lost power to an SRU unit and a large plume of gas is being released. Shelter in place.
* Dates to 1908, and revamped and expanded several times since then
* Major expansions include 100,000-barrel-per day gas oil hydrotreater and 40,000-barrel-per-day residual oil solvent extraction unit in 1996, and 45,000-barrel-per-day delayed cokers in 2003
* One of three Gulf Coast refineries acquired with the purchase of Basis Petroleum in 1997
* Total feedstock throughput capacity of approximately 245,000 barrels per day
* Produces a wide range of petroleum products including fuel gas, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, * * * No. 2 fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs), propylene and No. 6 fuel oil
* Located on 290 acres with 4,700 feet of Texas City * * Ship Channel frontage that has approximately 39 feet of water depth
* Site provides flexibility to receive feedstocks and ship products by tanker
* Product shipping is done by pipeline and truck
* Access to the Colonial, Explorer and TEPPCO pipelines for distribution of refined products to numerous markets
* Connected to the Valero Houston Refinery by pipeline
* Employs approximately 480 individuals
TEXAS CITY -- Valero's Texas City refinery lost power early this morning causing the release of some sort of gas, city merge end management officials said. Because of the gas plume the Texas City Director or Homeland Security Derek Duckett ordered a shelter in place for the city. Under the order residents should stay indoors, close all doors and windows and turn off their air conditioners. The Daily News has been unable to confirm what type of gas was released. The release is coming from Valero's sulfur recovery unit, Duckett said. This is a developing story and will be updated as details become available.
Because of the release the Texas City Director or Homeland Security Derek Duckett ordered a shelter in place for the city that lasted for about three hours.
The shelter in place order was lifted at about 5:45 a.m.
Duckett said that the release was a "sour gas like ammonia and (sulfur dioxide) mix." The release came from Valero's sulfur recovery unit, he said.
Duckett confirmed a lot of called emergency services with complaints of a bad odor. Texas City EMS transported one person to the hospital after a report of breathing problems.
The loss of power at the Valero refinery is nothing new. The refinery has a history of power issues that often lead to increased flaring and minor releases. Few over the years have resulted in a shelter in place order.
The last major power outage happened in November.
In 2011, the refinery had four major power outages and complained that Texas-New Mexico Power, the area's electrical provider, needed to make fixes to its local electrical grid system.