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Jal #3 Gas Plant

Parent Companies:
La Grange Acquisitions, LP
EPA Facility ID:
100000162566
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
122717866

Location:

Address:
Highway 18
Jal, NM 88252
County:
LEA
Lat / Long:
32.174, -103.174 (Get map)
Method:
GPS Code Measurements (Psuedo Range) Standard Positioning Service SA ON
Description:
Center of Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
3 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Energy Transfer Partners
Phone:
(201) 403-7300
Address:
800 E. Sonterra Blvd
Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78258 -3941
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Y.O. Olivas
Title:
Manager - Plant

Emergency contact:

Name:
Mike McCracken
Title:
Sr. Director - Operations
Phone:
(817) 302-9806
24-hour phone:
(505) 217-5034
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Lea County LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
32
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
P090M1
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Sept. 30, 2010
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Natural Gas Liquid (NGL)
RMP ID:
1000063236
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction (211112)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
743,395
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
CK Associates
Address:
2001 East 70th Street
Suite 503
Shreveport, LA 71105
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(318) 797-8636

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Oct. 22, 2015
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
Change in program level of covered process (40 CFR 68.190(b)(7))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000050268

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 Natural Gas Liquid (NGL))
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
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 Natural Gas Liquid (NGL))
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
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

April 27, 2015 at 03:00
ID:
1000038937
NAICS:
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction (211112)
Duration:
8 hours
Chemicals involved:
  • Flammable Mixture
Release events:
Liquid spills/evaporation
Fire
Explosion
Weather conditions at time of event
Wind speed:
19.0 miles/h N
Temperature:
48.00 ℉
Atmospheric stability:
D
Precipitation present:
No
Unknown weather conditions:
No
On-site impacts
Deaths of employees or contractors:
1
Deaths of public responders:
0
Deaths of public:
0
Injuries of employees or contractors:
0
Injuries of public responders:
0
Injuries of public:
0
Property damage:
$500000
Known off-site impacts
Deaths:
0
Hospitalizations:
0
Medicals treatments:
0
Evacuated:
0
Sheltered-in-place:
0
Property damage:
$0
Environmental damage:
Initiating event:
Equipment Failure
Contributing factors:
  • Equipment failure
  • Human error
  • Upset condition
  • Maintenance activity/inactivity
  • Process design failure
  • Unsuitable equipment
  • Management error
Off-site responders notified:
Notified and Responded
Changes introduced as a result of the accident:
  • Improved/upgraded equipment
  • Revised training
  • Revised operating procedures
  • New mitigation systems
  • Under investigation

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Natural Gas Liquid (NGL), Natural Gas Liquid Extraction (211112)
Prevention Program ID:
1000052504
Safety Review Date
May 31, 2013
PHA Update Date
Dec. 30, 2011
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Scrubbers
  • Flares
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
Mitigation Systems
  • Fire Walls
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • Process Controls
  • Process Detection
Training Type
  • Classrom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • None
Procedure Review Date
April 17, 2015
Training Review Date
April 17, 2015
Maintenance Review Date
July 14, 2009
Maintenance Inspection Date
April 14, 2015
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
April 28, 2015
Management of Change Review Date
April 1, 2014
Pre-startup Review Date
April 28, 2015
Compliance Audit Date
April 20, 2015
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 20, 2015
Incident Investigation Date
April 27, 2015
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2015
Participation Plan Review Date
Jan. 1, 2014
Hot Work Review Date
July 1, 2013
Contractor Safety Review Date
July 1, 2013
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
July 1, 2013

8. Prevention Program level 2

No Prevention Program level 2

9. Emergency response

Facility In Community Plan:
Yes
Facility Own Response Plan:
No
Specific Facility Response Plan:
Yes
Inform. Procedures in Response Plan:
No
Emergency Care in Response Plan:
Yes
Plan Review Date:
Response Training Date:
April 11, 2015
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(575) 395-2221
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
Yes
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
No
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
No
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

Energy Transfer Partners

Jal #3 Gas Plant

Executive Summary RMP



The Jal #3 Gas Plant is located northeast of Jal, New Mexico, in Lea County, NM. The plant has a long-standing commitment to worker and public safety. This commitment is demonstrated by the resources invested in accident prevention, such as training personnel and considering safety in the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of our processes. Our policy is to implement reasonable controls to prevent foreseeable releases of regulated substances.



This facility gathers raw field natural gas for processing. The facility and system of pipelines is jurisdictional to the Environmental Protection Agency, New Mexico Oil Conservation Division, New Mexico Environmental Department, New Mexico Water Quality Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the United States Department of Transportation. These agencies conduct periodic facility inspections and report any findings to Energy Transfer corporate management.



This facility receives gas from surrounding oil and gas fields and other sites. Gas is received in the Jal #3 facility with the hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, and water removed. The natural gas liquids as well as the compressed natural gas are then transported from the facility through pipelines to third party customers.



The two compounds in the facility that contain substances regulated under the Risk Management Program (RMP) in the amounts greater than threshold quantity are natural gas liquids (NGL), propane and unstabilized condensate. These are reported as flammable liquids. The NGL is made up of the following RMP regulated substances: ethane, propane, butane, methane, etc.



There are not any public receptors within the distance of the endpoint of the worst case scenario. Emergency response activities are coordinated with local responders; the facility is classified as Program Level 3 under the regulation. The purpose of this Risk Management Plan (RM
P) is to provide information about our operations at the facility, our programs to prevent accidental chemical releases, our emergency response plans in case an accidental release should occur, our 5 year accident history, and our planned changes to improve safety at the facility.



As specified by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) RMP Regulations, our worst case release would be the loss of all of the NGL in our largest vessel causing a vapor cloud explosion. Such a scenario is highly unlikely; however, using the EPA RMP formulas, the distance that the resulting vapor cloud explosion could cause an overpressure of 1 psi would be approximately 0.63 miles. An overpressure of 1 psi is EPA's threshold for measurable impacts.



Potential releases have been discussed with our employees and with local emergency response officials in Lea County, thereby further reducing the possibility of any impact on the public.



The Jal #3 Gas Plant operates under the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Process Safety Management (PSM) Program. Our ongoing analysis of the potential hazards of our process, detailed training of our employees, and constant emphasis on safety has helped us avoid any serious accidents over the last 5 years. Part of this program has also involved identifying and taking steps to avoid potential accidental chemical releases. A few examples of the additional prevention features implemented at this facility include:



. "fire eyes", that sense UV waves, in the G. E. Turbine engine room to automatically shut down the compressor in case of fire.

. Installation of pumps with dual seals and an indicator to show primary seal failure.

. Installation of a continuous lit natural gas flare.

. Emergency shutdown valves for removing the product from the system during emergency situations along with automatic pump shutdown.



These safeguards as well as the vigilance of our trained employees have helped the plant to o
perate safely.



An ongoing dialogue with the Lea County Emergency Management Director or his designate will ensure a constant state of readiness to respond to any potential emergencies, as well as a means to implement improvements as the need develops. In this way, we shall bolster our strong commitment to the safety of our workers and the community.



An Emergency Response Plan (ERP) specific to the facility is in place and has been coordinated with the Lea Volunteer Fire Department and the Lea County Sheriff. The Plant Manager is responsible for coordinating all emergency actions. The ERP in place deals with evacuation procedures, training, etc. The ERP provides the essential planning and training for effectively protecting workers, the public, and the environment during emergency situations.



Diligent compliance with our RMP Prevention Program forms the framework on which we will continue to improve the level of safety at the Jal #3 Gas Plant. Some of the key components of the safety improvements we expect to achieve are as follows:



. The Management of Change provisions ensure that we consider the potential safety and health impacts of any change we make to process chemicals, technology, equipment or procedures.

. The Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) provisions serve as a tool to ensure continual evaluation of potential hazards, thereby leading to continual improvements in our safety standards.

. The Mechanical Integrity provisions ensure that process equipment and instrumentation are designed, constructed, installed and maintained to minimize the risk of hazardous releases, thereby serving as an integral part of our safety program.

. Internal and third party compliance audits will ensure we maintain and increase our level of safety protection.



The overall emergency action program for the Jal #3 gas plant is coordinated with the Hobbs, New Mexico, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). This coordination includes periodic meetings of the committee,
which includes local emergency response officials, local government officials, and industry representatives. The Jal #3 gas plant has around-the-clock communications capability with appropriate LEPC officials and emergency response organizations (e.g., fire department). This provides a means of notifying the public of an incident, if necessary, as well as facilitating quick response to an incident.