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Inspection: 1623687.015 - Bp Products North America, Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: Toledo
Bp Products North America, Inc.
4001 Cedar Point Rd
Oregon, OH 43616
4001 Cedar Point Rd, Oregon, OH 43616
Union Status: Union
NAICS: 324110/Petroleum Refineries
Inspection Type: Fat/Cat
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 09/21/2022
|#||Citation ID||Citaton Type||Standard Cited||Issuance Date||Abatement Due Date||Current Penalty||Initial Penalty||FTA Penalty||Contest||Latest Event||Note|
|1.||01001||Serious||19100119 D03 II||03/13/2023||04/14/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|2.||01002||Serious||19100119 E01||03/13/2023||04/14/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|3.||01003||Serious||19100119 E03 III||03/13/2023||04/14/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|4.||01004||Serious||19100119 E03 IV||03/13/2023||04/26/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|5.||01005||Serious||19100119 E06||03/13/2023||04/26/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|6.||01006||Serious||19100119 F01 I C||03/13/2023||04/14/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|7.||01007||Serious||19100119 F01 I D||03/13/2023||04/14/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|8.||01008A||Serious||19100119 F01 I E||03/13/2023||04/14/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|9.||01008B||Serious||19100119 F04||03/13/2023||04/26/2023||$0||$0||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|10.||01009||Serious||19100119 F01 II||03/13/2023||04/26/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|11.||01010||Serious||19100119 G01 I||03/13/2023||04/14/2023||$15,625||$15,625||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
|12.||02001||Other||19100119 E03 VI||03/13/2023||04/14/2023||$0||$0||$0||04/04/2023||C - Contested|
At 6:45 p.m. on September 20, 2022, the south area units of the refinery were ex periencing process upset conditions, including lifting pressure safety valves an d loss of pump arounds on the crude tower. Due to an incident earlier in the day , the NT/Sat gas unit and Coker gas plant were not in normal operating condition s. During work to troubleshoot and provide stability to the process units, the o pening of a flow control valve to the absorber stripper tower in the Coker gas p lant resulted in naphtha to flow downstream, eventually filling the TIU fuel gas mix drum with naphtha. This led to liquid in the refinery fuel gas system, whic h initiated the shutting down of some operating units. During outside employee r esponse to the high liquid level in the TIU fuel gas mix drum, naphtha was relea sed into the atmosphere, forming a flammable vapor cloud at ground level and in the oily water sewer at the refinery. At approximately 6:47 pm, the vapor cloud ignited at/near the TIU fuel gas mix drum, possibly due to nearby fired heaters, in the crude unit. Both of the outside employees who responded to the high liqu id levels were severely burned in the explosion. Both of the employees died due to their burn injuries in the early morning of September 21, 2022.
Keywords:burn, explosion, flammable vapors, ignite, ignition, refinery, troubleshooting