US chem safety board recommends shutdown of Silver Eagle refinery

13 November 2009 23:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) on Friday recommended a Silver Eagle refinery in Utah be shut down until concerns about the integrity of the piping and equipment at the facility can be addressed.

The CSB sent a six-member team to investigate the refinery in Woods Cross, Utah, on 4 November, after an explosion and subsequent fire in the refinery’s diesel hydrotreater unit that day sent four workers to the hospital.

CSB investigators found the explosion occurred when a 10-inch (25-cm) pipe “failed catastrophically”, according to CSB chairman John Bresland.

“The refinery units should remain shut down until the integrity and fitness for service of all the equipment can be documented and verified,” Bresland said.

“After there’s been a comprehensive examination and any needed repairs have been made, the plant could be restarted in close coordination with the appropriate regulatory agencies,” he added.

Bresland said Silver Eagle’s management responded positively to the suggestions and would soon begin the process of shutting down the refinery until those steps are accomplished.

The refinery has a capacity of 10,500 bbl/day.

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By: Ben DuBose
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