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Phillips 66 (2418), Belle Chasse

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #126678
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State Police #10-3503
Accident Date2010-09-24
Report Date 2010-10-20
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 Dioxide19h 6m308F-D-1 (low pressure flare) and various process heatersNOYESNO26,236.0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide19h 6m308F-D-1 (low pressure flare) and various process heatersNONONO76.0 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide19h 6m308F-D-1 (low pressure flare) and various process heatersNOYESYES7.0 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)19h 6m308F-D-1 (low pressure flare) and various process heatersNONOYES70.0 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

During maintenance activities, "amine stripper vessel experienced unexpected level swings" and "SRU (sulfur recovery unit) waste heat boiler unexpectedly tripped offline due to its flame scanner no longer detecting a flame at the burner. Several attempts that were made to re-light the burner were unsuccessful due to igniter malfunction" -- had to flare excess.

Discharge Preventable - No

"Unexpected trip off-line of the SRU Clause Train's Waste Heat Boiler"

Notes/Remedial Actions

"Routed acid gas feed stream to the LP flare and immediately implemented the sulfur shedding plan...root cause investigation has been initiated." Detailed refinery letter only in this file. No LDEQ Report.