August, 2001

This is a repeating event

200114AugAll DayLemont Refinery Fire 2001Citgo Lemont (US-IL)Industry:RefiningCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Deficiency Origin: Marsh Incident:Pool fireHazards:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (On Site At Risk)Effects:EnvironmentalMaterial:Hydrocarbons


The 160,000 bbl-per-day capacity refinery was shut down due to a pool fire, as a result of a pipework release on the crude distillation unit. Three days later, the crude column suffered a structural failure due to an internal fire caused by air ingress from the previously ruptured pipework reacting with pyrophoric material and oil in the column. The crude distillation unit was shut down for 12 months. The cause of the initial pool fire was due to incorrect piping material specification in one elbow, which failed.

[ Property Damage $145 Million. Estimated Current Value $247 Million ]

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