“They’re just covered in snow right now, but we’ll get demolition going when that gets better,”
The Calgary-based oil company is developing engineering plans for the refinery’s rebuild and expects construction to begin later this year, Rinker told investors. The company still plans on a 2020 restart, Rinker added.
Asked by an investor what changes the refinery rebuild would bring, Rinker said the output — 50,000 barrels per day — would remain the same, but newer equipment would help make the refining process more efficient.
“Largely the refinery is being rebuilt in the same configuration as it was before the incident,” Rinker responded.
But that doesn’t mean a decision has been made regarding the future of hydrogen fluoride at the refinery, Husky spokesperson
A timeline on the hydrogen fluoride decision has not been set, Duvall said.
Since the blast, the refinery has faced public opposition to its use of hydrogen fluoride, a potentially dangerous chemical used in the refining process.
Breathing in hydrogen fluoride at high levels, or in combination with skin contact, can cause death from an irregular heartbeat or from fluid buildup in the lungs.
While no hydrogen fluoride was released during the incident and the fire never reached the hydrogen fluoride, which was 150 feet away from the fluid catalytic cracking unit — the location of the explosion — shrapnel from the explosion was flung 200 feet, the
In that same factual update, the board blamed a worn valve for as letting air into the system and mix with concoction of chemicals, creating an explosive mix that then contacted an ignition source.
In separate reports, the
The board, a federal agency which doesn’t issue fines or citations, but does make recommendations, is still investigating the incident and is set to release its final report and recommendations in several months.
“They are still hoping to meet a late spring/early summer release for the final report,” board spokesperson
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