Holly Corporation Reports Fire at Navajo Refinery

Jan 18, 2010, 07:00 ET from Holly Corporation

DALLAS, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Holly Corporation (NYSE: HOC) reported today that it experienced a fire in the crude unit at its Navajo Refinery in Artesia, New Mexico. The fire was detected at approximately 3:30 AM MST on January 17, 2010, and was extinguished after approximately one hour by the refinery's fire fighting team. There were no injuries reported.

After initial investigation, the Company believes the fire was a result of a pump seal failure in the crude unit. Initial investigation also indicates that the damage to the crude unit appears to be minimal.

This unit was scheduled to be shutdown beginning later this week for approximately three weeks for a planned turnaround—primarily for completion of the refinery's crude unit reconfiguration. It is expected all necessary repairs to the unit should be made during this downtime.

Holly Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other high value specialty products. Holly operates through its subsidiaries a 100,000 barrels per stream day ("bpsd") refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 125,000 bpsd refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a 31,000 bpsd refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. A subsidiary of Holly also owns a 34% interest (including the general partner interest) in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

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