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Fire in Pilot Plant

The incident

Following a power failure, there was a fire in the Pilot Plant when the power was restored

The Investigation

The power failed in the Pilot Plant.  The back up diesel generator failed to start up and therefore the back up systems all failed, and the agitator on a vessel with refluxing solvent stopped.  When the power was restored, the vessel boiled up rapidly and solvent was lost.  The ignition of the solvent was put down to a nearby wiring failure.

Lessens Learnt

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