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BASF Explosion in Germany

BASF Explosion in Germany

RE: BASF Explosion in Germany

"The explosion occurred on a supply line connecting a harbor and a tank depot"

RE: BASF Explosion in Germany

News reports say a fire occurred on or about the pipeline, and the explosion occurred just as fire fighters showed up on the scene.
B.E.

You are judged not by what you know, but by what you can do.

RE: BASF Explosion in Germany

http://www.manufacturing.net/news/2016/10/basf-say...

"...the Oct. 17 explosion at the Ludwigshafen plant in Germany was likely caused by a contractor error...workers were 'carrying out scheduled maintenance on an empty pipeline'...investigators on Thursday found a cut in a nearby pipeline containing flammable gas. As such, BASF says the deadly blast was likely caused when a contractor mistakenly cut the wrong pipeline."

RE: BASF Explosion in Germany

OMG. What a lame reason for disaster. Like most though, it likely took a cascade of stupidity to help it all come together into a nice flaming mess.

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

RE: BASF Explosion in Germany

All too common in large process plants where piperacks can have dozens of similar-sized pipes.

Over here the normal practice is for a competent person to pre-mark the cut location with two bands of tape, the cut being made between the two bands. That's not to say that the competent person can't get it wrong, but it reduces the chance of a welding crew mis-identifying the pipe to be worked on.

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