Many chemical tankers calling the US Gulf will need to make alternative plans after a huge fire ripped through a Texas petrochemical plant early Wednesday morning.
Authorities have ordered residents within a 6.4 km radius of the TPC Group petrochemical plant in Port Neches to evacuate after a series of blasts ripped through the facility.
The plant has been evacuated and all staff members have been accounted for, officials said, but the fire is proving hard to get under control.
Other neighbouring energy firms have had to cut production in the wake of the blaze.
Total has slashed production to minimum levels at its 225,500-barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas, oil refinery because of its proximity to there TPC site. The two facilities lie about 6 km apart.
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