December, 2020

This is a repeating event

202022DecAll DayLavera Fire 2012Ineos Lavera (FR) Origin: Marsh Industry:PetrochemicalsCountry:FranceLanguage:ENLoC:OverpressureIncident:FIREHazard:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (On Site At Risk)Consequence:EnvironmentalMaterial:Ethylene


The incident occurred as a two-train, ethylene cracker was being started up after its major six-year turnaround. A spanner was left in the pipework going to the medium pressure stage of a compressor. This resulted in the compressor tripping on high vibration. The trip caused an overpressure in the high pressure stage of the compressor and a loss of containment of hydrocarbon that was ignited.

[ Property Damage $250 Million. Estimated Current Value $273 Million ]

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Tue 22 Dec 2020 - Tue 22 Dec 2020


Ineos Lavera

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