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Fire in a pipeline trench

Published on 10/03/23 774 Views

To start up a new isomerisation unit at a refinery, an existing pipeline was cleaned and drained. When Naphtha was pumped through that line, the drain plate was still open and over 1000 m 3 spilled into a pipe trench. This started a fire with serious damages.

Ask yourself and your crew:

  • How can something like this happen here (e.g. on our site)?
  • What safety measures (i.e. procedures, controls/barriers) do we have in place to mitigate the risk?
  • How do we know the risk controls/barriers are working?
  • What improvements or changes should we make to the procedures, controls/barriers or the way we work?

Original material courtesy of the European Process Safety Centre