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Ellwood Onshore Facility Lo-Cat Iron Solution Line Leak 05/31/10

Post Date:07/28/2010
At 0340 on 5/31/10 the 16" main Lo-Cat solution line came apart which resulted in the immediate shutdown of the Lo-Cat process. The Lo-Cat process uses a non hazardous chelated iron solution to convert H2S from the Platform Holly gas stream to elemental sulfur. The location of the leak was the LoCat Unit, upstream of where the solution contacts the platform gas. As such, no platform gas was released to the atmosphere. The leak caused some of the solution to spray on to the fence, frontage road and some shrubbery. One fence line odor sensor was activated at <1 ppm. Venoco operators cleaned up the spilled material; however, they did not perform all proper notifications of the incident as required in their City permit.  As such, the City issued a Notice of Violation on June 17, 2010. Gas processing remained shutdown until the piping was repaired to the satisfaction of the SSRRC. APCD gave Venoco authorization to restart gas processing on 7/28/10.
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