Publish on 26/07/2016
At the Dunkerque LNG terminal, currently being tested, emergency mode was activated this night, because presence of LNG (liquid) into the flare system, causing a larger flame than usual and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projections at the ground level.
The site was put into the safe-mode by the plant emergency response team, with no need of external help.
Following the safety procedure, the roof vents of the 3 tanks have been opened to properly control the in-tank pressure. So evaporation could escape from the top of the tanks.
The incident is now under control without any injured persons.
As a preventive measure, only necessary persons have been authorized to remain on site (emergency team, management, and shift operators from TS LNG and Gaz-Opale).
Technical investigation and analysis are beeing conducted by the contractor Techint Sener.
Dunkirk LNG terminal has been testing since the arrival of the 1st LNG carrier last 8th July. During all this phase the flare is running. It is a normal and expected mode during thie start-up of a LNG terminal.