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Eunice Natural Gas Processing Plant

Parent Companies:
EnLink Midstream Operating, LP
EPA Facility ID:
100000122486
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
878636729
Parent Company DUNS:
0

Location:

Address:
222 Refinery Road
Eunice, LA 70535
County:
ACADIA
Lat / Long:
30.461, -92.532 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Map
Description:
Center of Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1927
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
EnLink Processing Services, LLC
Phone:
(214) 953-9500
Address:
1722 Routh St Suite 1300
Dallas, TX 75201
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Don Nguyen
Title:
PSM Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Sean Manuel
Title:
Midstream Operations Manager
Phone:
(337) 432-6881
24-hour phone:
(337) 432-6881
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(214) 721-9271
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Acadia Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
32
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
No
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
0040-00025-V10
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Dec. 11, 2013
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

NGL Processing
RMP ID:
1000060188
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction (211112)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
3,000,000
No
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
2,700,000
No
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
780,000
No
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
1,700,000
No
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
7,000,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Nick Kellam
Address:
1722 Routh St Suite 1300
Dallas, TX 75201
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(469) 644-8662

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Jan. 21, 2015
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
Voluntary update (not described by any of the above reasons)
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000048135

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Other Reason:

2. Toxics: Worst-case

None

3. Toxics: Alternative release

None

4. Flammables: Worst-case

Some Risk Management Plan information is not provided in the available RMP data. You need to make an appointment at an EPA Reading Room In order to get access to details from the Off-Site Consequence Analysis (OCA) such as:

Instructions on how to make an EPA appointment can be found here.

Public OCA Chemical (in NGL Processing)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Blast walls

5. Flammables: Alternative release

Some Risk Management Plan information is not provided in the available RMP data. You need to make an appointment at an EPA Reading Room In order to get access to details from the Off-Site Consequence Analysis (OCA) such as:

Instructions on how to make an EPA appointment can be found here.

Public OCA Chemical (in NGL Processing)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Fire wall
  • Blast walls
  • Enclosures
Active mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Excess flow valve

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

NGL Processing, Natural Gas Liquid Extraction (211112)
Prevention Program ID:
1000050122
Safety Review Date
Oct. 3, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Oct. 3, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Scrubbers
  • Flares
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Grounding Equipment
Mitigation Systems
  • Dikes
  • Fire Walls
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • None Recommended
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • None
Procedure Review Date
Nov. 11, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Nov. 5, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Nov. 11, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Jan. 12, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Jan. 8, 2015
Management of Change Review Date
July 12, 2012
Pre-startup Review Date
Dec. 18, 2014
Compliance Audit Date
April 15, 2014
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
June 15, 2014
Incident Investigation Date
Feb. 26, 2014
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Feb. 28, 2014
Participation Plan Review Date
April 15, 2014
Hot Work Review Date
April 15, 2014
Contractor Safety Review Date
April 15, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Jan. 8, 2014, since latest RMP submission

8. Prevention Program level 2

No Prevention Program level 2

9. Emergency response

Facility In Community Plan:
No
Facility Own Response Plan:
No
Specific Facility Response Plan:
No
Inform. Procedures in Response Plan:
No
Emergency Care in Response Plan:
No
Plan Review Date:
Response Training Date:
None
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(337) 457-4204
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
No
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
Yes
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

The Eunice Natural Gas Processing Plant (Eunice Plant or Facility) utilizes more than the threshold quantity of a "regulated flammable substance (10,000 pounds)" in the processing and storage of natural gas. The Facility stores natural gas liquids (NGL) or raw feed, propane, n-butane, natural gasoline, and isobutane in a variety of storage vessels. The Facility does not store any toxic substances above threshold quantities. This Facility is subject to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) requirements codified in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 68 (40 CFR 68) administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).



The Eunice Plant is also subject to Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Process Safety Management (PSM) standard (29 CFR 1910.119) and public receptors are located within the worst-case release scenario for the Facility. Therefore, the Eunice Plant is subject to Program 3 requirements as stated in 40 CFR 68.10. OSHA's PSM standard closely parallels requirements outlined in USEPA's RMP rule. All elements required by USEPA's 40 CFR 68 - Program 3 Prevention Program are also required by OSHA's PSM.



Within the last five (5) years, the Eunice Plant has not had an accidental release of a regulated substance where exposure to the substance, its reaction products, overpressure generated by an explosion involving the substance, or radiant heat generated by a fire involving the substance led to any off-site death, injury, or response or restoration activities for an exposure of an environmental receptor.



The Eunice Plant employs 32 full-time employees on-site who will ensure the proper operation and maintenance of the facility.



EnLink Midstream Operating, LP (EnLink), formerly Crosstex Energy, last submitted an RMP to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in April 2014. The current modification represents corrections to the Facility flammable inventory, which triggered a full 5-year update
.



ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE POLICIES



The Eunice Plant maintains a policy of safe flammable material handling operations, reducing to the greatest extent possible, hazards associated with material transfer and storage activities, and reducing subsequent risk to the surrounding community, employees, and the environment.



The Eunice Plant has procedures in place, including both on-site activities and coordination with off-site responders that are to be followed in the event of a flammable material release.



DESCRIPTION OF THE STATIONARY SOURCE AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES



The Eunice Plant processes and stores NGL (raw make), and NGL derivatives in various temporary and permanent aboveground vessels and associated piping and valves. NGL is a regulated flammable mixture that is an aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbon mixture. The regulated flammable chemicals contained in the NGL mixture above 1 percent include ethane, methane, propane, isobutane, N-butane, isopentane, and pentane. The maximum inventory of NGL at the Facility at any given time is 168,846 gallons (gal) (782,034 lbs), in two tanks. The largest NGL tank is 84,423 gal (391,017 lbs).



The NGL is further treated using cryogenic and fractionation processes, resulting in the following RMP-regulated products stored at the Facility prior to shipment off-site:



? Propane, a flammable mixture containing propane, ethane, n-butane and isobutane, is stored in 17 tanks, one of which is refrigerated. The maximum inventory of propane at the Facility at any given time is 1,430,813 gal (7,044,933 lbs). The largest propane tank is 95,804 gal (471,713 lbs);



? N-butane, a flammable mixture containing n-butane and isobutane, is stored in 8 tanks. The maximum inventory of n-butane at the Facility at any given time is 551,637 gal (2,664,550 lbs). The largest n-butane tank is 90,470 gal (436,994 lbs);



? Isobutane, a flammable mixture containing isobutene, n-butane, and
propane, is stored in 5 tanks. The maximum inventory of isobutane at the Facility at any given time is 448,249 gal (2,106,055 lbs). The largest isobutane tank is 89,896 gal (422,368 lbs); and



? Natural gasoline, a flammable mixture containing isopentane and n-pentane, is stored in 3 tanks. The maximum inventory of natural gasoline at the Facility at any given time is 515,620 gal (3,012,103 lbs). The largest natural gasoline tank is 1171,906 gal (1,004,225 lbs). Although natural gasoline is classified as an NFPA Class 3 flammable substance based on the current facility Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), subsequent testing completed by EnLink demonstrates that the mixture would, at times, be considered an NFPA Class 4 flammable based upon the flash point and boiling point of the mixture. As such, EnLink has chosen to include natural gasoline in the RMP-regulated inventory.



The Facility also uses an amine treatment process. The amine used at the Facility is not an RMP-regulated substance.



GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM



The Eunice Plant maintains a consistent accidental release prevention program to eliminate or minimize releases of NGL and other RMP-regulated flammables. As previously indicated, the Prevention Program required under 40 CFR 68 is identical to the Prevention Program required under OSHA's PSM. The Eunice Plant's Prevention Program 3 elements, as required under 40 CFR 68 Subpart D, are included in the Facility's PSM Plan, which is kept on-site as a separate document. Required elements include:



? Employee Participation;

? Process Safety Information;

? Process Hazard Analysis;

? Operating Procedures;

? Training;

? Contractors;

? Pre-startup Review;

? Mechanical Integrity;

? Hot Work Permits;

? Management of Change;

? Incident Investigation; and

? Compliance Audits.



FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY



The Eunice Plant has had no accidental releases of flammable materials regulated under the RMP program that resulted
in deaths, injuries, or significant property damage on-site, or off-site deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage or any environmental impact for the period of five (5) years prior to January 2015.



EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM



The Emergency Response Program requirements for Program 3 Facilities are very similar to those required under the PSM rule. The Emergency Response Program required under the RMP and PSM rules must be site-specific and comprehensive, including the following elements:



? Public and emergency response agency notification procedures;

? Proper first aid and emergency medical treatment;

? Emergency response measures;

? Procedures for inspecting, testing, and maintaining emergency response equipment;

? Employee training; and

? Program review procedures.



EnLink maintains a corporate Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) that provides guidance for emergencies expected at all EnLink facilities, including the Eunice Plant, as well as additional safety information. The Eunice Plant also maintains a site-specific Emergency Action Plan. In addition, operating procedures and equipment design codes and standards associated with the operations at the facility are maintained. Furthermore, the Facility has coordinated the emergency response with the Acadia Parish Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the Eunice Fire Department. For these reasons, the Eunice Plant meets the exceptions listed in 40 CFR 68.90(b), and therefore the Facility is not required to have the Emergency Response Program as described in 40 CFR 68.95.



A site map, MSDSs, and a list of chemicals kept on-site are maintained at the Facility. Complete details on the Emergency Response Program required under the PSM Rules are included in the Eunice Plant's PSM Plan, which is kept on-site as a separate document.



SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS



The Facility last completed a PHA in October 2013 to address facility changes. Planned changes
arising from the most recent PHA included updating operating procedures, installing alarm systems on additional process equipment, and additional safety measures. The completion date for all action items resulting from the most recent PHA was December 2013.