Jacobs Confirms Death of 11 Employees at BP Texas City
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. CEO Noel Watson has issued the following statement regarding the deaths at the BP Texas City refinery:
"All of us at Jacobs are devastated by the tragic loss of 11 of our colleagues and the injuries to a number of others in the explosion that occurred yesterday at the BP refinery in Texas City. About 375 employees of Jacobs and its JE Merit Constructors subsidiary were involved in turnaround work at a separate unit close to the isomerization unit where the explosion occurred.
"Right now our utmost concern is for the people and families directly affected by this terrible tragedy.
"Even though Jacobs was not performing any work on the isomerization unit, a number of our employees were meeting in a staff office trailer about 150 yards from that unit when it exploded. The ultracracker unit where our employees were working had been shut down for the turnaround.
"I am sure I speak for everyone in the company when I say that our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been affected by this tragedy. We are doing all that we can to support our people and their families at this time."