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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #90114
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State Police #06-05235
Accident Date2006-08-20
Report Date 2006-09-22
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
Sulfur DioxideWest Ops Ground Flare (EPN# 9-84)NOYESNO1,173.0 pounds
BenzeneWest Ops Ground Flare (EPN# 9-84)NONOYES151.0 pounds
HexaneWest Ops Ground Flare (EPN# 9-84)NONONO38.0 pounds
TolueneWest Ops Ground Flare (EPN# 9-84)NONONO82.0 pounds
Carbon MonoxideWest Ops Ground Flare (EPN# 9-84)NOYESNO18,796.0 pounds
Particulate MatterWest Ops Ground Flare (EPN# 9-84)NOYESNO650.0 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)West Ops Ground Flare (EPN# 9-84)NONOYES4,240.0 pounds
Nitrogen OxideWest Ops Ground Flare (EPN# 9-84)NOYESYES3,455.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Process Upset

Shell Chemical's GO-1 Process Unit experienced an exchanger leak, which led to a process unit shutdown and startup in order to complete repairs. GO-1's DEAD treater was also upset. This led to flaring at the Motiva West Operations Ground Flare.

Discharge Preventable - No

This incident was not under the control of Motiva Enterprises, LLC.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Process gases were flared at the Motiva West Ops Ground Flare until the GO-1 process unit was restarted and under control. No further remedial actions; the incident was not under the control of Motiva. Flaring was not continuous throughout the start and end dates. The West Ops Ground Flare is owned and operated by Motiva Enterprises, LLC. SCOGI Louisiana Holdings LLC and Shell Chemical LP are the owner and operator of the GO-1 process unit.