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Fire at the Coker Drums Top

The Coker unit has a valve to send drum outlet to the blowdown system when the cooling step is working. It is a routine operation.

Oil went out because the flanges were OPEN too. Nobody was hurt but the unit was out for 7 days becasue of damage in the drill system.

Lessons Learned: Never touch a flange without a previous check list of the system.

by Horacio Marchueta

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Posted by: Becky Peterson

Becky is the Content Lead and Program Manager for CRU / RefComm Events.