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Phillips 66 (2418), Belle Chasse

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #142368
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State Police #12-05726
Accident Date2012-08-27
Report Date 2012-09-04
Follow-up Date 2013-01-02
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Sulfur Dioxide847mLow Pressure Flare and High Pressure FlareNOYESNO1,916.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Weather

On the morning of August 27, 2012 while shutting down the entire refinery for the expected landfall of Hurricane Isaac the Flare Gas Recovery System was taken offline due to limited Refinery fuel gas needs and the Units that process recovered flare liquids were shutdown.

Discharge Preventable - No

The Flare Gas Recovery System (FGRS) was shutdown because the refinery units that use the recovered gas as fuel and the units that process the recovered flare liquids were shutdown.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Minimized flaring emissions by practicing good combustion practicies and making sure the highest flaring contributors were already taken offline prior to shutting down the FGRS. An investigation will commence following Alliance Refinery's recovery from the Impact of Hurricane Isaac.