Exxon: study might have identified Longford hazard

An internal company report on the Longford, Vic., gas processing plant disaster, by Exxon Corp. has found that a detailed hazard operability study might have identified the hazard associated with low-temperature liquids in the bottom of the plant. Employees of Exxon unit and plant operator Esso Australia Ltd. recently testified at a Royal Commission review of the accident, which cut gas and oil supplies from Australia's Bass Strait last September, saying that a heat exchanger ruptured after becoming frosted over with ice (OGJ, Jan. 25, 1998, Newsletter). The commission review has been extended and is now expected to last until midyear. Internal report During the comm...

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