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ExxonMobil Refinery (2638), Baton Rouge

Releases of 3-Methylpentane

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

alkylation unit

Followup: No

Notes: water was sprayed on the vapor cloud to mitigate hazards from the release. Upstream and downstream block valves had to be closed to stop the leak; this was not preventable because the gasket failed- it was an appropriate gasket for the service
26.0 pounds

FLARE - Alkylation Feed Preparation Unit
Cause: The Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether Unit was converted to an Alkylation Feed Preparation Unit (AFP). The AFP was beginning its initial start up. As the level in one of the towers increased, steam was added to the reboiler to begin producing overhead product. During this time, the safety valves on the tower began relieving to the flare system, which resulted in the reported flare. During the conversion of the unit the overhead pressure meter was reranged in the field, but was no reranged in the control room. Due to this oversight the operator believed he was at a significantly lower pressure and did not immediately discover that the safety valves on the tower had lifted to the flare system. The calculations automtically completed by the flare system

Followup: No

Notes: The cause of the accident is listed as preventable in the company's report, but there is no explanation whatsoever as to why it was preventable - that section is blank. The only remedial measure listed is that the pressure meter range was corrected in the control room. The letter to LDEQ states that reportable quantities of nitrogen oxide and butenes were exceeded.
11.0 pounds