Oilfield fires are devastating!  They are also preventable!!  The fact is that open thief hatches are a major cause of most oilfield tank battery fires.  Keeping all thief hatches closed at all times can prevent many of them.  

Grounding is another chief issue, particularly as we place more and more tank batteries on insulating vinyl containment liners.  These electrically insulate tank bottoms from grounded earth, which can create un-grounded structures which can accumulate static charges.  When these static charges discharge across an open thief hatch, or unprotected gas vent line, where flammable gas and the oxygen in air mix, the static discharge completes the third leg of the fire triangle.  What happens next is well known to us all ... fire, then explosion, and destroyed facilities. 

Proper grounding, flame and detonation arrestors on vent lines, and closed thief hatches should be the order of the day in all facilities ... both old and new!


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Breakthrough Engenuity LLC

6840 East 112th Street South

Bixby, OK 74008-2062 USA

(Bixby is a suburb of Tulsa, OK)

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