The Corpus Christi refinery owned by Citgo comprises 890 acres total in Corpus Christi with 335 acres representing the east plant, 230 acres representing the west plant, and 325 acres representing the storage and terminals. Citgo is an American subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of Venezuela. Citgo’s Corpus Christi is such a large piece of property that is difficult to always ensure compliance on the property. Accidents have occurred on Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery in a number of ways and resulted in some particularly serious accidents.

The History of the Corpus Christi Refinery

Arising from a modest beginning in the mid-1930’s, Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery has slowly expanded to become one of the most advanced and developed refineries in the country. Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery was built in the 1930’s. The Corpus Christi refinery currently has a capacity of 157,000 barrels of crude oil a day. From another perspective, Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery is estimated to have a total economic impact of $345 million each year.

The Dangers Presented by Worker Falls at Citgo’s Corpus Christi Refinery

In January of 2015, a worker died from injuries due to a fall at Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery. The refinery worker ell while working about 120 feet up a gasoline producing barrel. The worker was found by another refinery worker unconscious on the ground  near an operating unit. After emergency services responded to the scene, the fallen worker was pronounced dead. Authorities were unable to determine the exact situation which caused the worker to fall.

Injuries and Fatalities due to Explosions in Citgo’s Corpus Christi Refinery

In July of 2009, there was an explosion at Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery. The accident occurred when hydrocarbons were released from the refinery’s HF alkylation unit. The hydrocarbons were released due to broken threaded pipe connections. Once released, the hydrocarbons then ignited creating a fire that burned for an extended length of time. One refinery worker was critically injured in the accident, while another individual was treated for potential hydrogen fluoride exposure. “Urgent safety recommendations” were issued after this accident which required Citgo to improve its emergency response system.

Chemical Leaks at Citgo’s Corpus Christi Refinery

In March of 2012, a hydrofluoric acid leak was reported at Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery. Fortunately, there were no dangers and no risks was posed to the community from this situation. Hydrofluoric acid is a particularly hazardous substance and can be dangerous for particularly dangerous for refinery workers who are directly exposed to the substance. Hydrofluoric burns are often particularly painful and severe in nature particularly if an individual has had direct contact to the substance or an extended period of time.

Contact a Knowledgeable Corpus Christi Accident Attorney

Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery accidents have the potential to result in serious injuries, property damages, or in the very worst cases fatalities. In order to obtain compensation from liable parties in order to pay mounting medical bills, lost wages, or other costs, individuals should immediately contact a talented Corpus Christi refinery accident attorney after an accident occurs.