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Valero (1238), Meraux

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #98885
State Police #No Information Given
Accident Date2007-08-24
Report Date 2007-09-21
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: No Information Provided

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Hydro-treated hydrocarbon10mCompressor at the PlatformerNONONOBRQ

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Process Upset

The compressor at the Platformer shut down for about 10 min.. And sent clean hydro-treated hydrocarbon to the flare.

Discharge Preventable -

Notes/Remedial Actions

There is no corresponding report from Murphy. In the LDEQ report, this event is described as a noise event. It states that there was smoke and noise but the combustion of the vented hydrocarbon was essentially total. According to the report, Platformer feed is very pure and all sulfur and nitrogen has been removed so these materials are not released when that hydrocarbon stream is directed to the flare. The noise came from the steam that allows this steam to burn smokeless. The complaint was cd in about seven min. into the event. NOTE - there is no information regarding why the compressor as the Platformer shut down in the first place?