JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A Mississippi natural gas processing plant rocked by explosions on June 27 remains offline.
Rick Rainey, a spokesman for Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP said Thursday that the operator can’t predict when the Pascagoula plant will restart.
The plant extracts liquids from natural gas, sending the gas to users and the liquids to plants making propane and butane. Because the plant isn’t running, some oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are limiting production. Some natural gas is being diverted to another connected pipeline, according to online notices, but capacity is limited.
Rainey says the company hasn’t completed its investigation into what caused the plant to blow up, and is also cooperating with inquiries by two federal agencies. Flames shot from the plant for hours after the explosions.