Williams Partners has begun taking stock of the damage at its Geismar, LA, olefins plant caused by an explosion and fire on June 13 that killed two workers and injured more than 70 others.
The company has personnel on site to begin developing plans to make repairs, undertake a previously planned maintenance turnaround and complete a 600 million pound-per-year expansion of the olefins operation, the company said Monday. Williams said it now knows that:
Other equipment will be evaluated when the company has access to the incident area. The plant remains shut down and expansion work (see Daily GPI, July 24, 2012) that was occurring is temporarily suspended. Neither the full extent of the damage nor the time needed to make repairs is known yet.
Williams Partners said it is cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on their investigations into the cause of the incident.
As of Monday, there are no Williams employees hospitalized; one contract worker remained in the hospital.
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