October 2015

Environment and Safety

Managing the recovery from the Jaipur oil terminal fire

In October 2009, a devastating fire at the oil terminal in Jaipur, India, killed 11 people, injured many more and incurred a significant financial loss.

Dutta, H., Oil Industry Safety Directorate

In October 2009, a devastating fire at the oil terminal in Jaipur, India, killed 11 people, injured many more and incurred a significant financial loss. The blaze spread throughout the entire terminal, and it took several days for firefighters, including the company’s in-house employees, to extinguish the fire and minimize the damage to public property outside the boundary of the terminal, which is located in a thickly populated area. Beginning the recovery and correction process Following the event, an investigative committee was formed, and it identified a number of shortcomings in design, operation and maintenance practices. It was observed that some of the primary causes of the inciden

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