Caribbean Petroleum Corp.’s refinery and tank farm at Bayamon, Puerto Rico is on fire after two explosions at the site today.
Firefighters are still fighting the blaze, the cause of which is still unknown, according to a spokeswoman for the local Guaynabo police force, who was speaking by telephone and asked to not be identified by name. She said the explosions happened at about 12:30 a.m. local time.
At least 11 tanks at the oil distribution center were ablaze, and firefighters were trying to prevent further explosions at 22 other tanks, local news service Noti Uno reported, citing police superintendent Jose Fugeroa Sancha.
CPC markets the Gulf brand on the island. The Bayamon facility, near the capital city of San Juan, can process 48,000 barrels of crude oil a day, according to the company Web site.
The sour-crude refinery isn’t operating, according to undated information on the Web site. The facility also houses a tank farm and oil-product import terminal.
One of the versions of the story said, Explosion near San Juan, Puerto Rico believed to be Crashed Spirit Airlines Flight 837, but police later confirmed that no aircraft were involved.
Noticias 24 posted a homemade video (in Spanish):
El Nuevo Dia is running news updates (in Spanish). The latest is that the fire is still raging, local schools and businesses are closed, and electricity has been cut off in the neighborhood of the fire. The FBI are already investigating.
This massive fire affects the entire metro area. We’ll see if it has any effect on oil prices, too.