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Placid Refining (2366), Port Allen

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #136758
State Police #12-00515
Accident Date2012-01-27
Report Date 2012-02-01
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 Dioxide61mIncinerator #1NOYESNO511.0 pounds
Acid gas27mIncinerator #1NONONO458.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

According to the Inspections Division, "At the time of the incident Placid was in the process of shutting down processing unit operations for turnaround maintenance. The only unit online at the time producing acid gas was the disel hydro treating unit; the Sulfur Plant No.2 shut down unexpectedly. Placid had already shut down Sulfur Plant No.3 and had to send the acid gas stream and the sour water stripper off gas to the flare while restarting Sulfur Plant No.2".

Discharge Preventable - No

Inspection Division reports that "this incident was deemed not preventable because the facility was in turn around".

Notes/Remedial Actions

Both LDEQ and State Police Report included. At 0319, same day, the acid gas was returned back to the sulfur plant and taken out of the flare, according to both the LDEQ and State Police reports. Placid will check electronic and communication systems to ensure that they are functioning properly and perform general maintenance to the operating equipment. Currently writing a Preventative Maintenance and Operational Plan for the sulfur plants as required by Settlement Tracking No. SA-MM-11-0021. reviewing Standard Operating Procedures SOPs and maintenance schedules to ensure work practices are in place to assist in the minimization of Sulfur recovery Units SRU incidents.