Turnaround Incident Causes Massive Flaring at PBF Energy's Chalmette Refinery

The Times-Picayune, March 13, 2018

Significant flaring occurred Saturday night (March 10) at PBF Energy's Chalmette Refinery. On Monday, state officials said the flaring was the result of an accident at the facility during a "turnaround" maintenance project, and was not reported in advance to the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). 

Mike Algero, administrator of DEQ's surveillance division, said the agency was informed afterwards that the incident occurred when liquids got into the "header" of one of the flares, which tripped a compressor. The compressor trip then resulted in gases from all operating equipment at the facility being directed to a second flare at the plant, Algero said.

Chalmette Refinery has informed DEQ that it will be submitting a report on the incident within seven days, as required by state law, which will describe how the incident occurred and estimate the amount of chemicals released. Elizabeth Ellison-Frost, the company's community relations manager said the company remains committed to safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible operations.

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