Sept. 30, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- CVR Energy, Inc. confirmed today that it launched an immediate internal investigation into the cause of the boiler explosion that occurred at the refinery on Friday evening, fatally injuring one employee and critically injuring another.
The explosion occurred at approximately
as operators were restarting a boiler that had been temporarily shut down as part of the refinery's turnaround process.
"I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the employees and families affected by this tragedy," said
, CVR Energy chief executive officer. "We are conducting a thorough investigation of the incident and cooperating fully with OSHA and the Oklahoma Department of Labor.
"Our focus is to determine how this accident occurred and what steps must be taken to avoid a repeat of this incident. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and contractors," he said.
Damage at the refinery was limited to the boiler. Process units and other areas of the facility were unaffected. Additionally, there has been no evidence of environmental impact. No damage estimates were immediately available.
The turnaround, which is a periodic shutdown of the operations, allows for necessary maintenance and upkeep of operating units. The
refinery turnaround resumed Saturday.
"We want to thank
emergency response teams for their rapid response and assistance," said
, vice president and refinery manager. "We had immediate support from the community, local clergy, the city and first responders.
"I especially want to thank our employees and contractors for their support, hard work and dedication during this difficult time," Leiker said.
About CVR Energy, Inc.
Sugar Land, Texas
, CVR Energy, Inc.'s (NYSE: CVI) subsidiary and affiliated businesses operate independent refining assets in
with more than 185,000 barrels per day of processing capacity, a marketing network for supplying high value transportation fuels to customers through tanker trucks and pipeline terminals, and a crude oil gathering system serving
. In addition, CVR Energy subsidiaries own a majority interest in and serve as the general partner of CVR Partners, LP, a producer of ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate, or UAN, fertilizers.