11 April 2005 22:57 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--BP said it has turned over more than 8,500 pages of information to federal investigators examining the cause of the 23 March explosion at BP’s ?xml:namespace>
BP said the information is contained on 27 CDs and DVDs. The information was shared with the
“The information included voluminous company records, technical drawings, maintenance records, engineering documents, computerised plant control data, videotaped media reports and other witness information gathered by BP’s investigation team,” BP said.
In addition to investigations underway by Osha and the CSB, BP is conducting its own probe into the causes of the explosion that killed 15 workers and injured 100 others. BP said it has interviewed more than 50 people and completed more than 140 “high priority action items” during its investigation.
“The explosion and fire at the isomerisation unit was a result of a very complex process upset that BP America is still striving to understand,” BP said.
BP reiterated that it has moved all personnel more than 500 feet or more away from any blowdown stack or flare at the refinery and is in the process of removing any temporary trailers within the area. Most of those who were killed when the isomerisation unit exploded were in a temporary trailer near the unit. The unit was undergoing start up procedures at the time.
According to media reports, practices at other refineries include placing personnel trailers far away from such units when they are being restarted.
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