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Calumet Lubricants 8 (1214), Shreveport

Causal Factor: Seal or Gasket

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source(s) Notes Amount of Release

Cause: Exchanger head gasket failed. Platformer feed effluent exchanger was the unit the leak developed on. Burned hydrogen and flammable hydrocarbons as they were released to the atmosphere.

Followup: No

Notes: Personnel extinguished fire with water, dry chemical and depressured the operating un
Hydrogen: 10.0 pounds
Fuel: 246.0 pounds

#4 Vac Unit - Distillation Unit 300-350
Cause: Pump seal failure on a viscosity distillate pump for the vacuum distillation unit 300-350. Hot oil sprayed out and flashed (smoke burn). #4 vacuum unit.

Followup: No

Notes: No Information Given


Tank Farm
Cause: Flange failure. A flange in the pipe rack located northwest of T-98 failed, releasing about 5 barrels to the surrounding ground. It was contained in the tank ber

Followup: No

Notes: Directed vac truck to vac the spill up and recycle the product back into the refinery. No specific remedial action planned to prevent recurrence. Flange failures not common cause of spills.
Atmospheric Tower Bottoms (Crude Oil): 210.0 gallons

Cause: 4 inch gate valve packing blew out releasing hydrogen into the atmosphere. Incident cause: the packing blew out the 4 inch valve

Followup: No

Notes: Roads east of the refinery were temporarily blocked as a precautionary measure. Also LOHT was shutdown and depressured to the flare.

No LDEQ Reported

Tank 164
Cause: Pump seal failed on tank 164 and leaked onto electrical heat trace. Electrical ignition of heated oil started a fire and plant personnel extinguished the flame.

Followup: No

Notes: Fire extinguished by plant personnel. No injuries or offsite impacts. No specific remedial action taken.
Paraffinic Lube: 2.0 gallons

Flare Gas Compressor - FL 2001
Same as above
Cause: Broken valves in FGC were repaired during and emergency shutdown.

Followup: No

Notes: Valves were repaired upon shutdown.
Sulfur Dioxide: 11,880.0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide: 126.0 pounds

#4 Vac Unit
Cause: Flange failure on 700 pumparound in the #4 vac

Followup: No

Notes: Extinguished fire, shout down the unit. The flange was replaced and a root cause analysis will be performe


Cause: Premature gasket failure; top hot effluent change gasket failure resulting in fire in #1 platformer

Followup: No

Notes: Shut unit down and installed a new gasket. 5/21 field investigation
Fuel: 28.0 pounds
No LDEQ Reported

Tank Farm
Cause: Pump seal failure on isomerate tank

Followup: No

Notes: Release was below reportable quantities. Used water and an ABC fire extinguisher to put out fire. Isolated pump from product.
Isomerate: 30.0 gallons

Diesel Hydrotreater
Cause: Flange seal leak caused a fire in the diesel hydrotreater unit on the reactor feed effluent exchanger flange on the second deck.

Followup: No

Notes: no information given


crude distillation unit
Cause: On May 20th, Calumet Lubricants Shreveport Refinery self reported a seal fire from a crude oil leak. At approximately 0830 hours a charge pump seal was to the crude distillation unit reported to have started leaking and caught on fire. On May 29th, LDEQ spoke with Calumet's environmental engineer - he advised that the charge pump to the crude distillation unit developed a small leak, which caught on fire. The material was contained on the containment pad around the pump and was determined to be Below Reportable Quantity.

Followup: No

Notes: Material was contained on the containment pad around the pump. The seal was replaced and the unit was returned to service. Less than 1 gallon of oil discharged to containment pad around pump.


Tank 98 and 82
Cause: Flange on pipe in the tank farm ruptured and released crude oil.

Followup: No

Notes: The line was isolated. The facility began removing oil with vac trucks and remediating soil. 10 barrels of crude oil paraffinic was released.
Crude Paraffinic: 420.0 gallons