Big Spring Refinery May Reactivate Sooner Than Expected - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/27/08

Big Spring Refinery May Reactivate Sooner Than Expected

Workers at the Alon refinery in Big Spring, Texas say they are making significant progress and moving closer to getting the refinery reactivated.  

Workers are still sorting through all of the piping material and debris, but they do expect to get the plant running months before they expected. Officials say the work is all part of a process to find out what caused last week's explosion that started in an area called a propylene spitter.

This week crews have been working to get rid of all their excess fuel. That will allow them to expedite the clean up process.

OSHA has also been at the plant conducting an investigation.

Alon officials say they are thankful that many of the businesses they work with on a daily basis have been helping.

"We have had a good response from all those folks," said Jeff Brorman, Tech. Manager of Alon. "They have all offered to do whatever they need to do. They have offered their services. Offered their products to get this plant back up in running. It has been amazing to see the response from all the folks we do business with."

Alon managers say they've set a pretty aggressive schedule and plan to use all their workers to make quick progress.

 

Big Spring Refinery Explosion
Take a look at some of the pictures of Monday's refinery explosion in Big Spring sent in by viewers.

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