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The incidents
Fluidised Catalytic Cracker Unit (FCCU) Fire - 10th June 2000

Competent Authority Actions and Recommendations

The Competent Authority investigation required that BP should take the following measures before re-introduction of hydrocarbon to the FCCU "light ends" section. The incident has substantial commercial implications for the site. (The Fluidised Catalytic Cracker Unit is currently not operational whilst BP are evaluating the option of re-building the facility).

FCCU Recommendations – Prior to restart

Mechanical integrity

Demonstration that the mechanical integrity of pipework on the "light ends" section of the FCCU is assured, in particular, with respect to the following:

BP confirmed that the recommendations would be addressed before the FCCU was started up again and would be dealt with in the design of the revamped "light ends" section.

Emergency shutdown arrangements

Demonstration that adequate arrangements have been identified for the emergency shutdown of the "light ends" section of the FCCU need to be considered (in particular the following):

BP confirmed that the recommendations would be addressed before the FCCU was started up again and would be dealt with in the design of the revamped "light ends" section.

Alarm flooding

Demonstration that adequate arrangements have been identified to ensure a timely and effective response by Central Control Building operators to those alarms necessary for the prevention and mitigation of major accidents, taking due account of the number, presentation and rate of presentation of alarms during plant start up, or other upset conditions, and any relevant factors set out in industry best practice guidelines (the EEMUA guidelines).

BP confirmed that the recommendations would be addressed before the FCCU was started up again and would be dealt with in the design of the revamped "light ends" section.

Further FCCU recommendations

The HSE investigation also recommended that improvements be made in the following areas of FCCU operation.

Recommendations for the Complex

The HSE investigation also recommended that improvements be made in the following areas site wide.

2010-12-13