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Shell Facility (3462), St. Rose

Releases of Hydrogen Sulfide

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source(s) Notes Amount of Release
No LDEQ Reported

5-77 (St. Rose Flare)
Cause: A failure of the pilot gas regulator caused the pilot fuel gas pressure to drop below normal. Inclement weather (high winds) then caused to flare pilot to blow out. Reported weather conditions at the time were cloudy with 17mph winds

Followup: No

Notes: The equipment failure was unexpected and thus the discharge was not preventable. Actions were taken to override the regulator and restore the gas flow to the pilot and hence relight the flare pilot. During this time gas flow to the flare was minimized The flare pilot regulator that failed was replaced with a formal investigation to follow to see if further corrective actions are necessary. NOTE: Quantity of material released was calculated using a formula that conservatively assumes the flare is emitting at its average rate just prior to and during the event.

Tank TK-8552
5-77 St. Rose Flare
Tank TK-8553
Cause: During a crude tank switch there was a unit upset when water and emulsion from a feed tank was introduced into the process, leading to the over pressuring of a de-salter vessel to the flare, a spill of water and emulsion to the water treatment facility and the shutdown of the compressor with additional flaring. During this unit upset tanks TK-8552 and TK-8553 roof legs inadvertently landed on the floor

Followup: No

Notes: Initial written report issued 6/20/07 but investigation revealed additional vent streams were routed to the flare so the numbers were updated on 8/14/07. To prevent this the water in the crude oil tank should have been drained prior to being placed in service. The crude tank was switched back to prevent further water and emulsion from being fed into the unit. Necessary steps were taken to clean up the wastewater treatment facility & return unit to normal. Tanks TK-8552 and TK-8553 were refilled to their normal levels. In the future, the water in the crude tank will be drained before the tank is placed into service
101.0 pounds

tank 8553
Cause: On October 16, 2013 at 1600 hours, the St. Rose operators discovered that a naphtha tank, Tank 8553, transferring naphtha landed on the roof legs. The radar gauge that was being used to monitor the level was believed to have been reading incorrectly; approximately 3 feet higher than the level should have been reading.

Followup: Yes

Notes: Once the operators discovered that the tank landed on the roof legs, the transfer from Tank 8533 was immediately stopped, and product was allowed to gravitate back into the tank until the roof was floated off the legs. Currently, an investigation is occurring. The results from this investigation will be incorporated, where applicable, to prevent recurrence.
1.3 pounds