Fire Breaks Out at Plains All American Crude Tank

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(Reuters) – A fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Plains All American Pipeline crude storage tank east of Wichita Falls, Texas, the company said.

The fire was limited to a single storage tank at the Wichita Falls Station, the company said, and none of its workers were missing. Plains did not say if there were injuries, but first-responders were on site.

Plains did not specify whether the fire had affected any other operations.

Wichita Falls is a crude injection point in north Texas along Plain’s Basin Pipeline, which runs from the Permian Basin that to the oil storage hub at Cushing, Okla.

The Basin pipeline was shut briefly, according to market intelligence firm Genscape, though the cause was unclear.

Flows on the pipeline resumed to a rate of nearly 410,000 bpd after power consumption increased at about noon CT, Genscape said in a notice.

Pipeline flow averaged about 365,000 bpd this week thus far and the Basin pipeline has a capacity of 450,000 bpd, Genscape said.

News of the pipeline closure contributed to weakness in West Texas Intermediate at Midland crude differentials during the day, traders and brokers said.

WTI Midland traded as much as $18 a barrel below U.S. crude futures early in the session, the biggest discount since late 2012. Prices recovered to last trade at a $16.75 a barrel discount, dealers said. On Monday, WTI at Midland traded near $15 a barrel under Cushing.

“Plains really hasn’t said much to the shippers so unless it’s going to be shut for a while, I don’t think there’ll be much market impact,” said one trader who buys oil off the pipeline.

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