Incidents 2015-2017

Incidents 2015-2017 2018-08-15T16:01:11+00:00
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2015

LyondellBasell – Berre-l‘Etang, France

LyondellBasell – Berre-l‘Etang, France 2015

Police say a saboteur set off two explosions that rocked this petrochemical plant near Marseilles. The ensuing fire destroyed one tank holding 11,000m3 of gasoline and another containing 42,000m3 of naphtha. Some 120 firefighters battled the blaze for several hours. Total costs were estimated at USD 2.5 million.

2015

Husky Lima Refinery – Lima, Ohio

Husky Lima Refinery – Lima, Ohio 2015

An isocracker unit exploded following routine maintenance, triggering a blaze. Firefighters extinguished it after a day, but remained on the scene for 36 hours to provide aid. Experts put damages at USD 75 million.

2015

Aden Refinery – Aden, Yemen

Aden Refinery – Aden, Yemen 2015

Militants with the Houthis, a rebel group at war with Yemen’s government, fired rockets at the facility, unleashing a fire. Flames broke out in two large fuel-storage tanks and a pipeline linking the refinery to the city port. The attack killed the refinery’s director of operations. Two days later, Houthis launched a second missile that targeted an empty storage tank at the refinery port. Total costs were estimated at USD 2 million.

2015

Ultracargo Fire – Port of Santos, Brazil

Ultracargo Fire – Port of Santos, Brazil 2015

Over 100 firefighters were deployed to battle a fire at this fuel-storage facility near Santos, Latin America’s largest port. The fire spread to four tanks and lasted three days. People in the surrounding area were evacuated. Total damages were estimated at USD 2.5 million.

2015

Chempark Zaluzi Plant – Litvinov, Czech Republic

Chempark Zaluzi Plant – Litvinov, Czech Republic 2015

A propylene leak touched off an explosion at a steam-cracker unit. The blast interrupted utility lines, which eventually caused a quench-oil leak that formed a pool and ignited. The blaze damaged four of the facility’s 10 cracker furnaces. The plant’s owner, Unipetrol AS, was forced to suspend all petrochemicals production at Litvinov. Property damages were estimated at USD 180 million.

2016

Matautu Wharf – Apia, Samoa

Matautu Wharf – Apia, Samoa 2016

A fuel-storage tank exploded during maintenance, killing one worker and injuring another. Firefighters put out the blaze in 16 hours, but not before it had destroyed 206,000 liters of product as well as the tank. Thousands of people were evacuated from the area. Total damages were estimated at USD 250,000.

2016

Jingjiang, Jiangsu Province, China

Jingjiang, Jiangsu Province, China 2016

A warehouse containing chemicals and fuel has exploded in the city of Jingjiang on April 22. A firefighter died while battling the blaze, which took 16 hours to extinguish. One storage tank exploded and several more burned out. Experts said total costs were at least USD 25 million.

2016

Keamari Oil Terminal - Karachi, Pakistan

Keamari Oil Terminal – Karachi, Pakistan 2016

At least two workers were killed and several others injured when an explosion ripped through a tank containing chemicals. Firefighters decided to let the flames consume all 1,000 tons of material inside the tank, along with the tank itself. The blaze burned itself out after 34 hours. Total costs were estimated at USD 1.5 million.

2016

Jurong Aromatics Corp. - Jurong Island, Singapore

Jurong Aromatics Corp. – Jurong Island, Singapore 2016

Firefighting teams extinguished this blaze in less than five hours and managed to contain it to a single 40m-diameter tank. The operation involved five fire engines, 29 support vehicles and three Singapore-made firefighting cars known as Red Rhinos. Total costs were estimated at USD 9 million.

2016

Bazan Oil Refinery - Haifa, Israel

Bazan Oil Refinery – Haifa, Israel 2016

A blaze broke out in a 12,000m3 benzene-storage container that was about 10% full. Firefighters had the blaze under control within a few hours. Experts estimated total damages at USD 4 million.

2016

Puma Energy Plant - Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua

Puma Energy Plant – Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua 2016

A fire broke out in a fuel-storage tank following an explosion at the Puma plant, Nicaragua’s sole oil refinery. A second tank ignited the next day. Puma Energy and Williams Fire & Hazard Control decided to let the fire burn itself out. Both of the damaged fuel tanks had a capacity of about 144,000 barrels. Costs were estimated at USD 30 million.

2017

Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions – Glenville, New York

Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions – Glenville, New York 2017

A heater operating inside the plant caused a cleaning solution containing kerosene to overheat and catch fire. One tank containing between 5,000 and 7,000 gallons of the solution burned out. Afterwards, the plant’s owner said it would cease production of the kerosene solution at this facility. Experts estimated total damages at USD 1 million.

2017

Port of Mumbai - Butcher Island, India

Port of Mumbai – Butcher Island, India 2017

A lightning bolt touched off this storage-tank fire at Mumbai’s Butcher Island. The blaze persisted for four days even as 60 firefighters worked to contain it. More than 10 million liters of diesel went up in smoke. Experts put damages at USD 20 million.

2017

Iranian Oil Pipelines - Tehran, Iran

Iranian Oil Pipelines – Tehran, Iran 2017

A fire broke out after lightning struck an oil-storage tank. Some 400,000 liters of crude oil evaporated during the incident. Extinguishment took about four hours. Experts estimated damages at USD 6 million.

2017

Salina Cruz Refinery – Oaxaca, Mexico

Salina Cruz Refinery – Oaxaca, Mexico 2017

The fire broke out after crude oil began leaking from a 500,000-liter storage tank. One person died and at least nine people were injured. Total damages were estimated at USD 600.000.

2017

Kuala Garing Factory, Selangor, Malaysia 2017

Kuala Garing Factory, Selangor, Malaysia 2017

An explosion rocked a diesel-storage tank at a cement factory, knocking three maintenance workers into the tank and setting it ablaze. A team of 30 firemen put out the fire in an hour. The company then brought in tanker trucks to pump out 725,000 liters of diesel so authorities could recover the victims’ bodies.

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