NGL Solex Gas Liquids Ltd., Calgary, reported that the fire and explosions at its Taylor, B.C., natural gas liquids plant last month resulted from an accidental release of hydrocarbons (OGJ, Feb. 8, 1999, p. 34). Evidence indicates the release was caused by the mechanical failure of a piece of equipment engaged in routine operations and owned and operated by an independent contractor. The blast forced evacuation of Taylor and closed the Alaska Highway for 8 hr. Investigators are conducting a detailed damage assessment of the shutdown plant. Oilsands Suncor Inc., Calgary, created an alliance of contractors to work on its $2 billion (Canadian) Millennium oilsands ...

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