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Early morning fire at ExxonMobil refinery quickly extinguished, plant says

ExxonMobil put out an early morning fire at its Beaumont refinery crude unit Tuesday, Nov. 28. The fire was reported around 6 a.m. on the south side of the refinery.

"Onsite responders quickly extinguished the fire, and there were no injuries," said Ashley Alemayehu, Beaumont Area Public and Government Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil Corporation.

Initial air quality monitoring shows no off-site impact, Alemayehu said.

Tellurian signs agreement with Bechtel to construct $15.2B LNG facility near Lake Charles

Tellurian Inc. (Tellurian) (NASDAQ: TELL) and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. (Bechtel) have entered into four fixed price, lump sum turnkey agreements totaling $15.2 billion for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of Driftwood LNG, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility proposed near Lake Charles, Louisiana.


Driftwood LNG includes:


Grant applications available now for Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery fund

The Foundation for Southeast Texas released applications Wednesday, Nov. 8 for funding to assist established relief organizations through the Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Nonprofits and government organizations in Orange, Jefferson and Hardin Counties are encouraged to apply for funding to support hurricane recovery and mitigation efforts.

Caliche Development Partners contributes $25,000 to Huntsman Flood Fund to assist Southeast Texas rebuild


The Huntsman Flood Fund announced today it has received its first donation from an industry partner, a $25,000 contribution from Caliche Development Partners. A Texas-based company, Caliche is focused on the development and operation of state-of-the-art midstream storage and transportation assets, including the Caliche Coastal facility in Beaumont.

H-E-B now accepting online donations to provide community support in wake of Sutherland Springs tragedy

Today, H-E-B started accepting online monetary donations to provide support to the victims and families of the tragedy at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. When a disaster occurs, H-E-B is dedicated to stand by the communities we serve, which is the cornerstone of our “Helping Here” philosophy.

Breakbulk Americas connects shippers, breakbulk and project cargo companies from all across globe

Breakbulk Americas, the largest exhibition of its kind in the Americas, which brings top-tier shippers together with breakbulk and project cargo service providers, drew a total attendance of 4,555, including 326 exhibiting companies and 462 cargo owners in 2017.

The event, which connects the industrial supply chain in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, was Oct 17-19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Tucker Company Worldwide’s Jeff Tucker says refineries can save millions by 'taking control of their inbound freight’

The Business Journal had an opportunity to speak with Jeff Tucker, CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, at Breakbulk Americas 2017. Tucker’s company participated in the conference for the first time, although it has a rich history of being America’s oldest privately held freight brokerage. Tucker Company Worldwide is a family held, third generation Corporation spanning over 56 years. And although it is headquartered in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the third-party logistics services company helps businesses all over North America increase their profitability and improve their efficiency.

Motiva advances Gift of Life Healthcare Services for Southeast Texas Women

Through the generous support of Motiva, more than 30 medically underserved Southeast Texas women recently received free Gift of Life clinical breast exams and mammograms on the UTMB mobile van located at the West Side Development Center in Port Arthur, as well as preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol, provided in partnership with the Port Arthur Health Department.

Motiva representatives attended the site to warmly greet clients.

Texas legislators honored at Seafarers’ Gala Oct. 24

Texas State Rep. for District 22 Joe Deshotel and Texas State Senator for District 4 Brandon Creighton were both honored at the Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont Gala on Tuesday, Oct. 24, with the Tom Jackson Sabine Neches Waterway Outstanding Service Award.

The award was created to honor those who realize the importance of the Sabine-Neches Waterway and act to improve and develop the waterway’s potential with sustained and measurable results.

JMB breaks ground on 130,000-square-foot warehouse in Hamshire


JMB Warehouse Hamshire LLC broke ground Thursday, Oct. 26, on a new 130,000-square-foot warehouse in Hamshire. The warehouse at 15110 Hamshire Road is owned by father and son John and Ricky Blackwell.

“JMB Warehouse Hamshire will provide storage services to the plants and the refineries in Beaumont and the Baytown area,” said Ricky Blackwell. We currently store for several companies, and we need more space. … We will be storing plastic goods and packaging components for Graham Packaging and several different companies.”