Officials respond to incident at Phillips 66

January 2, 2020 | Featured|Headlines

PONCA CITY — Authorities blocked off major roads surrounding the Phillips 66 Refinery today beginning around 4:45 p.m. after an incident was reported at the plant at 4 p.m.

Phillips 66 spokesman Dennis Nuss issued the following press release.

At approximately 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 the Ponca City Refinery experienced a fire in a process unit.  Our response teams responded immediately and have the fire under control.   There were no impacts to personnel or the community; However, in an abundance of caution, Phillips 66 Ponca City Refinery personnel were dispatched off-site and air quality is being monitored.  All data indicates that there has been no off-site impact.

Flaring may temporarily increase. Flares are important safety devices used in refineries and petrochemical companies. Excess hydrocarbon gases are burned in the flaring system in an environmentally-sound manner as an alternative to releasing vapor directly into the atmosphere.

The safety of the community, the environment and people is of the utmost importance to our company and these priorities will guide efforts as we work to resolve the problem. The roadways were re-opened at 6 p.m.