Chevron's El Segundo refinery. Image courtesy of Pedro Szekely/Flickr.

Safety flaring and a sulfur odor were reported in Manhattan Beach, California on Thursday after an equipment malfunction at Chevron’s El Segundo refinery.

According to the Daily Breeze, one of the refinery’s processing units malfunctioned and caused an emergency flare.

“Chevron immediately notified the appropriate agencies of this unplanned flare event and has worked with the city to respond to community calls regarding noise and odors associated with the event,” Manhattan Beach police told the Daily Breeze.

The refinery has 150 major storage tanks are greater than 30 feet in diameter with a total storage capacity of 12.5 million barrels and daily output capacity of 290,000 barrels.

Chevron has not disclosed what caused the malfunction.

California’s refinery woes weren’t restricted to Manhattan Beach this week.

While gasoline prices have fallen to an average of $2.327 per gallon in the United States, California refinery issues have pushed the state’s average gas price to over $3 per gallon with prices in Los Angeles hitting $3.208 per gallon on Monday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.


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