• Published: 17 Jun 2011
  • Incident ID: 3254

Heat Exchanger Failure (Lean Amine Cooler)

Cause & Consequence

  • Failure of vessels or pipework
Incident Consequence
Hydrocarbon release

Incident Location

Fixed Installation

Incident Activity

Production operations

Incident Info Source

Talisman Energy &

Specific Incident Equipment

Plate & Shell Heat Exchanger

Lessons Identified

Primary failure of the plate/weld occurred as a result of low cycle fatigue

Incident Recommendations

  • Check for similar heat exchangers at your site and confirm their integrity
  • Consider if operational control of this equipment is robust

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