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Phillips 66 (2418), Belle Chasse

Causal Factor: Other

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

308F-D-2 High Pressure Flare
Cause: Low flare vapor traffic and a possible sudden release of high velocity steam may have snuffed out the HP flare flame at its tip.

Followup: No

Notes: Operations immediately blocked in the steam controllers and orifices to the High Pressure flare and added additional purchased fuel gas to the tip. The manual flame front generator was then reactivated to reignite the High Pressure Flare. The additional purchased gas was then blocked in and the steam controllers were ublocked to provide smokeless flaring capabilities.
Hydrocarbon: 9,813.0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide: 79.0 pounds

308F-D-1 Low Pressure Flare
Cause: Coke fine particles clogged downstream of the valve causing liquid levels in V16 to increase.

Followup: No

Notes: It seems these coke particles had accumulated failry quickly near the valve due to the manner in which the outlet valve had been operating over the past several drum switch cycles.
Hydrocarbon: 61.9 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide: 6.5 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide: 6.5 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide: 641.5 pounds

Cause: Fire

Followup: No Information Given

Notes: Fire on the insulation of thecrudeunit's vaccum tower. Residual hydrocarbon from a previous event on 11/19/1008 on the insulation caught on fire. Water spray used to put out fire by the Refinery Emergency Response fire brigade.