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ISO Cracker at an Oil Refinery

Post by tuberadiogeek on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:40 am

You will probably hear about my city on national news very soon. We have an Oil Refinery owned and operated by Husky Energy. It dates back to the 1800's and has seen many owners/operators with it's share of incident's and fires. Well this mornings incident likely tops all from the past. We had an ISO Cracker apparently become unstable and blow. The blast could be felt about 15-20 miles in all directions. I am very close to part of the refinery, less than 5 minutes from a near by gate, and less than 10 minutes from the main building. A link to one story- http://the419.com/ I also took some videos from my bathroom window, as it faces that direction. www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204264731233274&l=1511185799503105660 (video 1) www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204264758753962&l=3094716706841887092 (video 2)


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Post by kb4yrc on Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:31 pm

Hope no one was injured. at least the neighbors could turn the heat down ! ..... Gregg

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Post by tuberadiogeek on Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:37 pm

No injuries, no deaths. Everyone was accounted for. Crews are still trying to get the fire under control. It is contained to within the cracker unit. EPA is here monitoring the air quality, and only found traces of sulfur dioxide in the air. The wind is carrying the smoke up and away, which helps greatly.
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Post by 75X11 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:05 pm

Hope they get things under control.
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Post by tuberadiogeek on Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:19 am

They got it under control early last night and apparently got it out at 9:45 pm last night. Our local news coverage isn't always the greatest. I was reading better information from surrounding cities. Our local news company has 4 stations but all owned by the same company. We have really good weather reporting and good equipment, but everything else is less than standard.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:34 am

It's said the infrastructure in our nations' refineries is deteriorating steadily and epa regs make it so difficult to open any others the existing ones are run at or near capacity. Ohio has some of the oldest in the nation, as it is where much of the technology originated. Hope they include improvements with their repairs.
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Post by tuberadiogeek on Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:08 am

Right. Our refinery is 128 years old and it was originally intended to handle 160,000 barrels a day. Currently it is said we process 155,000 a day. The EPA stepped in a few years back and required some changes to their waste product/pressure relief flares. Only allowing them to be used for pressure relief. Apparently they were in the process of updating some equipment, but now they will have to do repairs. Hopefully they will make improvements along with the repairs. Here is an image of the isocracker, this was taken from their website and apparently taken in 2006.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:35 pm

I guess I was lucky, my home town only had 3 glass plants. They were never big on any kind of public hazards nor pollution. There was, however a wire plant on the opposite side of the small river that used to reclaim wire by burning the rubber, jute/tar, pvc, etc. insulation off then tendering the copper and aluminum for scrap. That joint would have two cities coughing and gagging. They would do it every Friday night. They stopped about 1973. That was one good mark in the EPA's book.
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Post by tuberadiogeek on Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:15 pm

I just thought I'd revive this thread since we just had another fire in our Refinery. This time it was a small fire in part of the Coker unit. Apparently they were attempting to resume production in that area after a short shutdown. It was in the lower section, in the drum area. The Coker is a very important step in the refining process, so it could potentially affect the price of gasoline. https://limaohio.com/news/151832/fire-erupts-saturday-night-at-lima-refinery
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