Refinery compressor failure sends flames into El Segundo skies
A gas compressor in one of the processing units at Chevron's El Segundo refinery failed shortly after 4:30 this afternoon, sending flames shooting skyward from a closed gas-relief system.
"There is a lot of gas being vented, and it's fairly dramatic, but it's done in a closed environment and controlled," refinery spokesman Rod Spackman said this evening.
Spackman said authorities do not yet know why the compressor failed, but that the safety system was working.
"It's very visible and a bit of a nuisance," Spackman said. "We apologize to our neighbors for the inconvenience."
The 1,000-plus-acre refinery is the largest on the West Coast, according to Chevron's website.