“An explosion shook British Petroleum’s Whiting, Indiana refinery, its largest in the United States, on Wednesday night but a resulting fire had been contained as of 9:30 pm local time (0230 GMT Thursday), according to a report by WFLD-TV.
Local officials did not know which unit was involved and a BP spokesman said the company was preparing a statement.
There were reports from local media that at least one person was taken to an area hospital. Other reports said no injuries had been reported in the blaze.
Whiting city firefighters were asked by BP to be ready to assist the refinery’s firefighting force in battling the blaze, but were not called in to the plant, a fire department spokesman said.
The 413,500 barrels-per-day (bpd) Whiting refinery is BP’s largest in the United States and is the centerpiece of the company’s shift over the past two years to emphasize using cheaper, heavy crude oil from Canada’s tar sands fields in Alberta.”
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