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Oklahoma tornadoes: Devon Energy plant idled by damage

Devon Energy Corp. has shut down a natural gas processing plant damaged in Tuesday's tornado near Calumet.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Published: May 26, 2011
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It will be a number of weeks before Devon Energy Corp. gets its new natural gas processing plant near Calumet back online after it was damaged by flying debris from a Tuesday tornado, a company spokesman said.


The storm destroyed a drilling rig being operated nearby by Denver-based Cimarex Energy Co.

Devon officials are assessing the damage to the $140 million plant, but spokesman Chip Minty said it likely will take several weeks to determine the extent of the damage and repair it.

Nobody injured

He said no one was injured when a tornado struck a salvage yard near the plant, located just north of Interstate 40 near Calumet.

“We knew this storm was coming so we had time to shut this plant in and secure it,” Minty said. “All of our employees were able to move into our on-site storm shelter.”

No one was injured when the Cimarex-operated rig near the Devon plant was hit by Tuesday's tornado, said Steve Bell, the company's senior vice president. He said the rig, owned by Oklahoma City's Cactus Drilling Co., was evacuated before the tornado hit.

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