Flammable mists from accidental hydrocarbon releases offshore

Oil & Gas Division
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24 Feb 2014

HSE's research report RR1001- Flammable mists from accidental hydrocarbon releases offshore, investigates  offshore hydrocarbon releases in an attempt to identify whether mists of hydrocarbon droplets were formed, and if these presented a flammability hazard.

It was found that ninety-five percent of reported liquid releases (forty-five percent of total reported releases) could have formed flammable mists. It was also noted that there were thirty-five cases of high flash point diesel and machine oils igniting as flash fires in five years.