Fire damages GreenHunter Biofuels facility

By Anna Austin | February 10, 2009
Web exclusive posted Feb. 11, 2009, at 10:34 a.m. CST

GreenHunter Biofuels LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Grapevine, Texas-based GreenHunter Energy Inc., reported Feb. 7 that its 105 MMgy Houston refinery sustained minor damages due to a small fire.

Located on 22 acres near Houston, the GreenHunter Biofuels facility is on the site of a previous waste oil and chemical treatment plant.

The cause of the fire was attributed to a mechanical seal failure on a circulation pump, which caused excessive heat, generating the fire. Firefighters reached the scene within about ten minutes and were able to extinguish the fire using the company's fire water system and the fire department's foam materials and equipment.

Initial damage assessments indicated minimal damage; GreenHunter estimated repair costs will be less than $50,000 and the facility's downtime would be about three days.

No injuries were sustained by GreenHunter personnel or firefighters during the incident, according to the company.

This is the second time in the past year that GreenHunter's biodiesel facility has been damaged. In September, the facility was shut down for more than two months due to water damage caused by Hurricane Ike. (Read: "Hurricane Ike damages Green Hunter facility.")
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