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Calumet Lubricants 8 (1214), Shreveport

Releases of Hydrogen

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

Cause: The hydrogen plant went down and they sent the hydrogen to the flare. The plant went down due to a frozen level control on the deareator. This caused a bright orange 20 ft. flare. No hydrocarbons were released.

Followup: Yes

Notes: Strong odor, numerous community complaints. Calumet will followup on the amount of hydrogen that was lost.

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
10.0 pounds

No information given
Cause: A charge pump went down, flow was lost and a flange cooled and separated, the separation allowed oxygen to meet the heated product (diesel/hydrogen) which resulted in a fire

Followup: No

Notes: Calumnet employees extinguished the fire. All parameters tested were below their respected action levels. No further action taken.

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.

Tail Gas Compressor
Cause: Distance piece broke causing cylinder door to come off. A hole was created in the top of the casing. This caused immediate ignition of gases.

Followup: No

Notes: No remedial action. Release was below reportable quantities
56.0 pounds

Hydrogen Plant
Cause: Piping Flange broke off recycle absorber on LOHT unit

Followup: No

Notes: Unit was depressurized and purged with nitrogen.
816.0 pounds

No. 2 Flare
Cause: Citizen complaint of flaring was received on 11/6/13. Flaring was a result of power failure which caused the No. 2 Hydrogen Plant to trip and lose power. The heavy flaring occurred from the No. 2 flare from 10:35 to 10:50 on 11/6/2013

Followup: No


Flare #2
Cause: At approximately 7 PM on May 2, a PSA compressor tripped, routing gas to Flare #2.

Followup: No

Notes: No remedial actions taken. No exceedances resulted from incident and no emissions of reportable quantity were released. Gas was estimated to be 70 to 80 percent hydrogen. LABB was unable to locate a corresponding seven-day refinery letter.

Platform Unit Charge Heater #1 (EQT 250)
Cause: Rupture of tube in heater fire box. No 1 Platformer charge heater (EQT 0250) exceeded opacity >20% for approximately 20 minutes. The unit was turned off and cooled.

Followup: No

Notes: Feed and fuel into heater were removed, steamed out and water was sprayed to cool. The report states that the heater tubes will be repaired to proven recurrence. A field interview was conducted on 5/23 and photos were taken which are included in the pdf file. At the time of the inspection, a steam plum exhaust from the heater stack due to water sprayed on to the heater to cool the unit.
No information Given