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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #84073
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State Police #05-08417
Accident Date2005-11-23
Report Date 2005-11-29
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: No

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Compressed Flammable Gas144hNo. 2 Coker Wet Gas CompressorNONOYES10,509.0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide144hNo. 2 Coker Wet Gas CompressorNONONO685.0 pounds
Nitric Oxide144hNo. 2 Coker Wet Gas CompressorNOYESNO2,490.0 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide144hNo. 2 Coker Wet Gas CompressorNOYESYES277.0 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide144hNo. 2 Coker Wet Gas CompressorNOYESNO255,680.0 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

The wet gas compressor shut down due to the axial thrust alarm, resulting in emissions from the No. 1 Flare. Following investigation, refinery personnel believe the Wet Gas Compressor shut down due to a momentary loss of lube oil.

Discharge Preventable -

Notes/Remedial Actions

In an effort to stop the release, the compressor was restarted, but the alarm remained. Following determination by refinery personnel that maintenance was required on the compressor, K-8101 was taken out of service and sent out for repair. A variance was applied for with the LDEQ to authorize the emissions associated with the compressor maintenance. The variance was approved on November 29, 2005, ending this release.