Oil Processing Building Being Brought Back Online After Fire

A North Slope building that processes oil for shipment in the trans-Alaska pipeline was being brought back online Thursday after a fire.

BP Alaska spokesman Steve Rinehart said in an email that employees noticed a flame in an unoccupied low-pressure gas-handling building and heard a loud noise Wednesday at Prudhoe Bay Gathering Center 2. He says the fire extinguished itself, and responding crews found no apparent damage. A full inspection will be conducted.

He says no oil spill or loss of containment has been noticed.

There were no injuries, and the plant was shut down as a precaution. He says impact to production hasn’t been determined by the one-day shutdown.

Rinehart says the gathering center is one of about 12 on the North Slope that process oil for shipment.

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