July 2005

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HP Impact: HPImpact: Interim report outlines causes of Texas City refinery explosion

On March 23, 2005, an early afternoon blast at BP Products North America's Texas City, Texas, refinery claimed the lives of 15 workers and injured more than 170 people. The company has issued an inter..

On March 23, 2005, an early afternoon blast at BP Products North America's Texas City, Texas, refinery claimed the lives of 15 workers and injured more than 170 people. The company has issued an interim accident investigation report, although fluid-sample analysis and computer-modeling simulations have yet to be completed. The investigative team was directed to determine the cause of the explosion and make recommendations for preventing similar incidents in the future. Here's a summary of key findings from the review: A series of failures by BP personnel before and during startup of the isomerization (Isom) process unit in the refinery led to an explosion and fire. The investigatio

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