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DS-16 Flowline D, Crude Methanol Spill



Incident Description
Location Flow Station 2, Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, Deadhorse, Alaska.
Product/Quantity BPXA has estimated the spill volume total at 1,932 gallons (46 bbls) of product. Included in this total is 630 gallons (15 bbls) of neat methanol, 1260 gallons (30 bbls) of a 60/40 methanol water mixture and 42 gallons (1 bbl) of a crude / water mixture. Neat methanol is 100 % methanol.
Cause The flowline was punctured when it moved with sufficient force to strike an adjacent horizontal support module and penetrated the pipe wall.
Time/Date of Incident 1:15 PM, October 15, 2007. BPXA reported the spill to ADEC at 1:57 PM, October 15, 2007.
Situation Reports
10/15/2007 (PDF 22K)
10/16/2007 (PDF 36K)
10/17/2007 (PDF 36K)
10/19/2007 (PDF 37K)
12/03/2007 (PDF 37K) -- FINAL updated
Map
Aerial photo of spill area (PDF 710K) updated
Photos
October 17
 
 
     
October 18updated
Contaminated water is being removed from the top of the ice. Vacuum (vac) truck - used to remove, store and transport the contaminated liquids.    
October 19updated
Clamp installed over the rupture in the pipeline to establish source control. Clamp installed over the rupture in the pipeline to establish source control.    
For more information

Ed Meggert, ADEC, Fairbanks, (907) 451-2124