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Rupture Of A Tank In A Refinery

Rupture of a tank in a refinery

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
Within a refinery storage zone, the shell of a fragile 15,000-m³ tank (at the end of its filling cycle) containing 13,500 m³ of HTS residue (at 130°C) split open. The flow of HC then destroyed two other tanks (15,000 m³[...]
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Hydrogen tank explosion in a chemical plant.

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At 6.10 am, a 3000 litre hydrogen gas tank dating back to 1939 (L=14 m, diam.=570 mm) exploded at 135 bar during hydrogenation in a chemical site. The technicians who witnessed the violent explosion followed by a red-orangey fire ball[...]
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Boilover of a crude oil tank

  • Accident report
  • ROYAUME-UNI
In the storage tanks of a refinery (production: 5 million tonnes/year), smoke was detected on a 94,000-m³ capacity floating roof tank containing 47,000 tonnes of light crude oil (flash point: 38°C). Shortly thereafter, the surface (4,800 m²) ignited. In the[...]
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Catastrophic explosion of a cyclohexane cloud

  • Accident report
  • ROYAUME-UNI
A cyclohexane cloud violently exploded at a caprolactam plant; 28 employees were killed, and a total of 89 individuals were seriously hurt, 53 of them among the general public. Property loss was considerable: buildings destroyed within a 600-m radius, 1,820[...]
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Agricultural NH3 Leak

Agricultural NH3 leak

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
In a farm courtyard on the outskirts of a village, a liquid ammonia (NH3) hose broke during the transfer of a fixed tank (7.2 m³) to a mobile cistern (3.7 m³). Since the outdoor temperature was 24°C, the pressure level[...]
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