Compresseur n°1 accidenté : compresseur à double étage comprimant l'éthylène de 3 à 33 bar. Il fonctionne en alternance avec le compresseur principal. Le jour de l'accident, il totalisait 43 jours de fonctionnement depuis sa dernière maintenance 5 mois avant. Il jouxtait 2 autres compresseurs (n°2 et 3). Ces derniers étaient arrêtés et isolés automatiquement sur déclenchement des détecteurs gaz, ce qui n'était pas le cas [...]
Two explosions ripped through a petrochemical complex at night
The blasts occurred around 3 am in the storage zone of a petrochemical plant: 2 tanks ignited and their floating roofs were damaged. The 1st tank contained 11,300 m³ of pyrolysis gasoline (a mix of diesel, butene, toluene and butadiene). The 2nd tank, located 300 m away, was holding 48,000 m³ of naphtha. On-site fire-fighters, backed up by neighbouring facilities' response teams, arrived on the scene in large numbers. The complex operator activated the internal emergency plan and n [...]
In a chemical plant, a leak of effluents containing acetonitrile (a harmful and flammable solvent) from the process wastewater system lead to groundwater contamination. As the network was used only sporadically, the duration of the leak could not be accurately determined. A maximal estimate gave 557 days. The potential loss is estimated to be 61 t of acetonitrile.
Wells were established to try to recover the pollutant through pumping and to sample the groundwater. Three tonnes of acetonitrile were recovered by pumping operations over a period [...]
This study foccuses on accidents associated with ammonia and refrigeration.