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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

Releases of Smoke

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

West Ops Ground Flare (EPN 9-84)
GO-1 Process Unit ; West Ops Ground Flare (EPN 9-84)
Cause: Shell Chemical's GO-1 Process Unit experienced a small pipe leak on a line at the base of a process vessel. The leak developed during an online abrasive blasting job. In order to relieve pressure on this line, operations had to reduce rates at the GO-1 process unit. The reduction of rates caused flaring at Motiva's West Operations Ground Flare (EPN 9-84).

Followup: No

Notes: Shell Chemical installed a clamp to stop the leak then returned operations to normal conditions.