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WRAPUP 1-Fire at Mississippi gas plant halts U.S. Gulf Coast platforms – Reuters News

28-Jun-2016 11:59:37 AM

(Combines BP-FIRE/PASCAGOULA and USA-OIL/MURPHY)
By Catherine Ngai and Liz Hampton
NEW YORK/HOUSTON, June 28 (Reuters) – At least two offshore
oil platforms halted operations on Tuesday in the U.S. Gulf of
Mexico after a fire at a natural gas processing plant in
Mississippi shut a crucial pipeline that brings output onshore,
several companies said.
The fire at Enterprise Products Partners plant in
Pascagoula was brought under control, but officials were still
forced to close the 225-mile Destin gas pipeline system that can
carry 1.2 billion cubic feet per day from offshore fields to
Pascagoula.
Destin, majority-owned by BP with Enbridge Inc
a minority partner, said it was declaring force
majeure, a legal clause that allows it to scrap commitments, as
a result of the fire.
Offshore company LLOG said it was in the process of shutting
its Delta House floating production system in the Gulf of Mexico
on Tuesday, a spokesman said. [nL1N19K15K]
Murphy Oil Corp said its Thunder Hawk platform was
shut in after the fire. [nL1N19K102]
Murphy added it plans to flow natural gas to an alternate
processing facility and expects minimal disruptions to its
operations.
Several social media messages from Pascagoula residents had
said the blaze erupted shortly before midnight at Chevron Corp’s
330,000 barrels per day refinery in Pascagoula. The
Pascagoula Police Department said the fire was not at the
Chevron refinery.
There were no injuries from the blaze, Enterprise said. The
cause was under investigation. Enterprise took ownership of the
plant from BP Plc on June 1.

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