UPDATE: FIRE AT MOSS BLUFF NATURAL GAS STORAGE FACILITY
HOUSTON – Duke Energy Gas Transmission said today a fire at its Moss Bluff salt cavern storage facility could continue until early Saturday morning, when the approximately 6 billion cubic feet of stored gas being released from Cavern #1 will have burned off. However, Boots and Coots International Well Control (a global emergency response company specializing in oil and gas fires) remains on site and continues to assess how to extinguish the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and damage assessments will be made after it is extinguished. Duke Energy has standard general liability and property insurance and does not expect this incident to have a material financial impact.
The fire ignited early Thursday morning at the facility outside
At about the valve structure above Cavern #1 gave way due to the intense heat of the flame, increasing the release of gas. The flame increased from approximately 100 feet to up to 1000 feet.
All personnel on the site have been accounted for, and no injuries were reported.
Duke Energy Gas Transmission recommended to emergency personnel in
The facility has been isolated from five nearby pipelines, which continue to operate. However, due to the incident, service to Moss Bluff storage customers has been suspended.
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