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Phillips 66 (2418), Belle Chasse

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #132895
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State Police #11-04612
Accident Date2011-08-02
Report Date 2011-08-09
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 Dioxide4h 7mFLARE: Low Pressure Flare (308F-D-1)NOYESNO1,664.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

The bottoms control valve malfunctioned and could not be closed allowing the loss of all amine liquid in the contractor vessel (410-V-3). The hydrocarbon carryover prompted the amine flash drum's (591-V-38) flare valve to open to the Low Pressure Flare (308F-D-1).

Discharge Preventable - No

This release was not preventable. It was an unexpected malfunction of the amine contractor's control valve allowing a loss of amine liquid levels in the contractor.

Notes/Remedial Actions

The amine contractor's bottoms control valve was manually closed to re-establish liquid levels.