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Motiva Enterprises (2719), Convent

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #146649
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State Police #13-00666
Accident Date2013-02-13
Report Date 2013-02-15
Follow-up Date 2013-02-19
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Sulfur Dioxide49mFCCU WGSNOYESNOBRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide49mFCCU WGSNONONOBRQ
Carbon Monoxide49mFCCU WGSNOYESNOBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

Due to a rupture on a seal SO2 was released to air. The incident began at Motiva's Convent Refinery on February 13, 2013 at approximately 23:00, when the FCCU's Electric Quench Turbine experienced a trip. The FCCU experienced an upset which resulted in increased carbon monoxide emissions from the Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit Wet Gas Scrubber Stack (FCCU WGS.) The excess emissions ceased when the FCCU stabilized.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

Pressure controller that opened and caused flaring closed at 00:25...Flaring continues, stable... No high H2S releasing to flare at this time... The incident was initially reported as a potential exceedance of the 500-lb Reportable Quantity (RQ) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). However, after further calculation, the total SO2 emissions from this incident were not above the RQ.