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Bursting Of A High-pressure Steam Pipe

Bursting of a high-pressure steam pipe

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At 11:15 pm, a violent and loud bursting occurs within an ammonia (NH3) synthesis unit at a SEVESO-classified nitrogenous fertiliser plant. The convex base welded to a heat-insulated, high-pressure water vapour pipe connected to catalytic reforming equipment had burst prior[...]
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Rupture Of An Oxygen Pipeline

Rupture of an oxygen pipeline

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  • FRANCE
Buried for 36 years at a depth of 2.5 m on a Seveso-rated plant involved in liquefying air on behalf of Lorraine's regional industry, an oxygen (O2) pipeline pressurised at 40 bar burst at 1:45 pm along the property boundary,[...]
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Fertiliser Decomposition In A Dryer

Fertiliser decomposition in a dryer

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  • FRANCE
When observing yellow smoke emanating from the chimney of a drying unit located downstream of the fertiliser plant granulator, an employee notified a control room technician; the workshop extraction fan was turned off at 10:30 am in order to limit[...]
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Leakage Of A Pipeline In A Nature Reserve

Leakage of a pipeline in a nature reserve

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  • FRANCE
A leak was discovered on a crude oil pipeline (diam.: 40'', maximum service pressure: 40 bar, built in 1972) composed of welded rolled tubes. The accident occurred on a Natura 2000 site in the Crau Natural Reserve, home to several[...]
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Explosion Of A Sulphuric Acid Tank

Explosion of a sulphuric acid tank

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  • FRANCE
An empty 100-m³ reservoir of sulphuric acid (H2SO4) exploded at 9:15 am at a chemical site. Installed directly above its retention basin at a height of several metres, this "F2" reservoir was projected and fell nearby, toppling the scaffolding set[...]
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Oil Spill In An Estuary During A Transfer Operation

Oil spill in an estuary during a transfer operation

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  • FRANCE
While loading 31,000 m3 of bunker fuel in a ship, a leak in a refinery transfer hose resulted in a major oil spill in the Loire estuary. At 4.10 pm, a person on a barge observed the presence of hydrocarbons[...]
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