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Regina refinery in Saskatchewan rocked by fire after LPG explosion

12.25.2013  | 

The fire was 95% contained as of late Tuesday, Gerard Kay, deputy chief of operations for Regina Fire and Protective Services, said in a post on Twitter. Early indications are that it was a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) explosion, he said. All workers are accounted for and no injuries were reported.

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By DAN MURTAUGH
Bloomberg

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. had an explosion and fire at its Regina refinery in Saskatchewan.

The fire was 95% contained as of 4:49 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve, Gerard Kay, deputy chief of operations for Regina Fire and Protective Services, said in a post on Twitter. Early indications are that it was a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) explosion, he said. 

All workers are accounted for and no injuries were reported.

Vic Huard, a spokesman for the company, said in an e-mail that he would provide a full briefing on the plant’s status today.

The plant makes gasoline, diesel and lubricants from a variety of heavy and light crude feedstocks, with the latest expansion tailored toward light, sweet synthetic crude produced from Alberta’s oil sands.

The co-op completed a C$2.7 billion ($2.62 billion) expansion of the refinery in October 2012 that increased its capacity to 130,000 bpd from 100,000. Final unit revamps for the expansion were completed this August.

The refinery has reported multiple fires in the past 27 months:
  • On Oct. 6, 2011, the plant was shut after an explosion and fire injured 10 people. The explosion occurred in a middle- distillate unifier in an older section of the refinery that is being revamped as part of a larger expansion project, Huard said at the time.
  • In May 2012, the refinery reported a fire in the pumphouse with no effect on operations.
  • On Feb. 11, a fire forced the shutdown of a coker in the heavy oil upgrader section of the plant.
  • On Nov. 1, the refinery reported a small fire in a desulfurization unit that treats the diesel stream.



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RK Garg
12.31.2013

Some more details would have been welcome. It is known that LPG fires have been cataclysmic. Many countries have faced including France in early 60's and India in late 90's.Once it gets triggered , it is difficult to control. Best remedy is to follow the standard procedures which every company has. Unfortunately such procedures gets overlooked due to various pressures.

Bill Timbers
12.30.2013

LPG Aka NGL is one of the potentially most dangerous substances transported throughout North America via rail, truck or pipeline or even personal vehicles; unfortunately stand by for more info on this and yet to come incidents. Thanks for sharing, which is a superb way to leverage and possibly prevent any future incidents! Be sting, be wary, assume the worst and build for the best! Bill Timbers, P.Eng., P.E., bill_timbers@yahoo.com

Niels Jensen
12.30.2013

I hope that the root cause of this latest explosion at the FCL refinery in Regina together with analysis of previous fires and explosions will be subject of an investigation like the ones the CSB are conducting south of the border. The series of events seem to demand it.

Also it appears that Canada is laging land area usage bylaws like those of the EU and in particular the UK and France.

Prakash J. Lakhapate
12.29.2013

There are multiple fires reported in last 27 months.
This means proper audit of entire refinery for all equipment and piping is necessary.

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