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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-04-010
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Synopsis: On April 7, 2003, about 8:55 p.m., central daylight time, an 80,000-barrel storage tank at the ConocoPhillips Glenpool South tank farm in Glenpool, Oklahoma, exploded and burned as it was being filled with diesel. The tank, designated tank 11, had previously contained gasoline, which had been removed from the tank earlier in the day. The tank contained between 7,397 and 7,600 barrels of diesel at the time of the explosion. The resulting fire burned for about 21 hours and damaged two other storage tanks in the area. The cost of the accident, including emergency response, environmental remediation, evacuation, lost product, property damage, and claims, was $2,357,483. There were no injuries or fatalities. Nearby residents were evacuated, and schools were closed for 2 days.
Recommendation: The National Transportation Safety Board makes the following safety recommendations to ConocoPhillips Company: Evaluate your storage tank operating procedures and make the revisions necessary to ensure that product flow rates in both the tank fill line and the discharge nozzles are restricted to provide a level of protection against excess static electricity that is at least commensurate with industry standards.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Glenpool, OK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA03MP001
Accident Reports:
Storage Tank Explosion and Fire
Report #: PAR-04-02
Accident Date: 4/7/2003
Issue Date: 11/4/2004
Date Closed: 4/27/2005
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: ConocoPhillips Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: ConocoPhillips Company
Date: 4/27/2005
Response: The Safety Board notes that ConocoPhillips has evaluated its storage tank operating procedures as requested. Specifically, ConocoPhilips instituted the following policies: (1) for tanks without a floating roof, the tank fill-line velocity must be maintained at or below 3.28 feet per second until tank is no longer considered empty, (2) for tanks with floating roof, the fill-line velocity must be maintained at or below 3.28 feet per second until the tank is no longer empty, (3) when a tank is no longer empty, the fill rate may be increased to 23 feet per second, and (4) credit may not be taken for diffusers, and the maximum velocity must be based on the inlet nozzle size where the flow crosses the plane of the tank shell. Accordingly, because ConocoPhillips has reviewed its operating procedures as requested and implemented revised procedures that should reduce the likelihood of an accident such as the Glenpool from recurring, Safety Recommendation P-04-10 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: ConocoPhillips Company
To: NTSB
Date: 2/2/2005
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 2/7/2005 3:09:33 PM MC# 2050046 ConocoPhillips, Pipelines and Terminals Response: The below have been addressed in existing policies and procedures. · Tanks without a floating roof - The tank fill line velocity must be maintained at or below 3.28 feet per second until tank is no longer considered empty, as defined in procedure (API 2003, Section, 4.5.2a) · Tanks with floating roof - The fill line velocity must be maintained at or below 3.28 feet per second until the tank in no longer empty, as defined in the procedure (API 2003, Section 4.5.2b). · Once tank is no longer empty, as per definition, the fill rate may be increased to 23 feet per second (API 2003, Section 4.5.2g) · Credit may not be taken for diffusers -the maximum velocity must be based on the inlet nozzle size where the flow crosses the plane of the tank shell (API 2003, Section 4.5.2b). If your or members of the Safety Board have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Randy Beggs at 580-767-7101 to discuss further. Sincerely: Linus J. Schmitz, Manager, Pipeline Integrity & Reliability