By Daniel Tyson February 12, 2020
Baton Rouge Refinery Hit by Fire
It’s unclear if ExxonMobil’s base oil operation was affected by a blaze Tuesday night at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery and chemical plant, but the company promised to meet its contractual obligations for all products produced at the refinery.
ExxonMobil officials refused multiple requests for comment about whether its 16,000 barrels per day API Group I base oil facility was impacted by the blaze that started around 11:30 p.m. local time Tuesday. “Operations continue at the refinery and chemical plant. As a matter of practice, we do not comment on the operational status of specific units. We continue to meet contractual commitments” for all products produced at the refinery, a spokesperson said in a statement provided to Lube Report.
By 6:30 a.m. local time Wednesday the fire was out, and the cause had not yet been determined by late afternoon Wednesday, according to the company and multiple local press reports. A company official said no injuries were reported and that there was no off-site impact.
The spokesperson said the company is actively monitoring air quality along the facility fence line and surrounding areas of the North Baton Rouge community. “We will continue to conduct air monitoring as a precaution,” the spokesperson said. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is also monitoring air toxicity levels.
In addition to base oil, the facility produces gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The chemical plant produces plastic milk jugs, paint, adhesives and other products.