Air monitoring taking place along fence line after TPC explosion

Published 7:27 am Wednesday, November 27, 2019

PORT NECHES — At approximately 1 a.m. today (Nov. 27) an explosion was reported at the TPC Group Port Neches Operations site located at 2102 TX-136 Spur in Port Neches, involving a processing unit.Emergency responders are still working to bring the event under control, and are doing so as quickly and safely as possible. Teams have been dispatched to conduct air monitoring along the fence line of the facility and in surrounding neighborhoods through mutual aid.

The event resulted in injuries to two employees and one contractor at the site. They have been transported to the Southeast Texas Regional Medical Center and to Memorial Hermann in Houston for treatment.

“We are focused on their quick recovery and providing support to their families,” a company statement said. “TPC Group activated its Emergency Response Plan and requested assistance from Port Neches Fire Department, Huntsman and Sabine Neches Chiefs Association.”

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The explosion was also immediately reported to the appropriate local, state, and federal authorities.

“At this time, we cannot speak to the cause of the incident or the extent of damage, but TPC is assembling a team to conduct a full and thorough investigation,” a company statement said. “TPC is working with its insurance provider to establish a claims processing hotline for area residents impacted by the event.”

TPC Group said it remains focused on protecting the safety of responders and the public and minimizing any impact to the environment.