July, 2009

This is a repeating event

200919JulAll DayCITGO (Corpus Christi) Fire 2009CITGO Corpus Christi (US-TX) Origin: CSB Lessons:Audits & Reviews,Emergency PreparednessIndustry:RefiningCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Fire exposure

Summary

A fire in the alkylation unit at CITGO’s Corpus Christi refinery led to a release of hydrofluoric acid (HF). The alkylation unit makes high-octane blending components for gasoline. One worker was critically burned.

KEY ISSUES:
• ENSURE ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY TO THE HF MITIGATION SYSTEM
• AUDIT FACILITIES AGAINST AP 751

ROOT CAUSES:
1. Inadequate water supply


Image credit: CSB

Origin

CSBUS Chemical Safety Board

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