February 11, 2009 / 6:45 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-Explosion near DCP Midstream's Texas natgas plant

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NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Reuters) - An explosion occurred near DCP Midstream’s natural gas processing plant near Carthage, Texas, on Wednesday but a company spokeswoman said there were no employees injured and no major damage to the plant.

“There has been some damage to minor out buildings but no damage to the facility,” DCP Midstream spokeswoman Roz Elliott said, noting all company employees have been accounted for.

The explosion and fire occurred at about 10:15 a.m. CST near the east Texas gas processing facility, but Elliott said the fire has diminished.

Elliott said the company was not aware of the cause of the blast or whether it occurred at their facility or a third-party facility.

She said all pipelines feeding the plant have been blocked but was not sure how much gas was flowing to the plant at the time of the explosion.

The company is dispatching an investigation team, but Elliott said it may take several days to identify the cause.

The east Texas facility, which processes liquids like ethane, propane and butane from raw natural gas, is operated by DCP Midstream and is a joint venture, owned 75 percent by DCP Midstream and 25 percent by DCP Midstream Partners DPM.N.

DCP Midstream is jointly owned by Spectra Energy (SE.N) and ConocoPhillips (COP.N). (Reporting by Joe Silha; Editing by Christian Wiessner)

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