Ergon lifts force majeure in West Virginia refinery
Ergon – West Virginia Inc. has lifted the force majeure that had been in place since June 1, effective July 9. The force majeure was imposed as a result of the significant fire that occurred at the Newell, West Virginia, refinery on May 29, 2021.
The refinery has been operational since mid-June, and inventories of paraffinic base oils and waxes have been replenished to adequate levels, allowing Ergon to resume sales to customers on a ratable monthly basis.
“Thanks to the quick and effective response of local fire departments and Ergon employees, damage from the fire was contained to the unifiner process,” said Doug Burdick, vice president – Refining for Ergon – West Virginia. “Although we have been able to restart base oil production, ongoing repairs to the naphtha unit will continue to impact gasoline production. Sincere thanks go to the employees who have worked tirelessly to help us restart the refinery so we can once again meet the needs of Ergon’s loyal customers around the world.”
Ergon is a group of privately held companies that operate under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Specialty Chemicals, Asphalt & Emulsions, Oil & Gas, Midstream & Logistics and Construction & Real Estate.