Qenos Olefins site has experienced two elevated flaring events in the past week that will have been observed by the community. On Wednesday 27th of September there was some flaring when a section of the SCAL-1 plant was shutdown for some unplanned maintenance. (The plant is yet to be restarted).
On Sunday 1st October at 8:45pm the SCAL-2 plant's production went off specification and was diverted to the flare until 11.20 pm when it returned to specification. This flaring was very bright with the atmospheric conditions creating a glow in the sky in the Altona region. Qenos received four calls to the Environmental Action Line about the flaring.
The timing of the SCAL-1 plant restart which will require some flaring is still to be determined. An update will be provided with the restart timing.
Flares are used to safely burn waste gases which cannot be recovered or recycled in the processing plants.
In October 2017 contractors from Coffey Environments Pty Ltd will be out in the northern part of Altona sampling groundwater. This regular monitoring work is being done on behalf of Dow Chemical to help assess the performance of groundwater remediation systems in place on the company’s manufacturing site.
If you have any questions or for more information please contact:
Taimor Hazou at Dow Chemical, Public Affairs
+61 3 9956 7593 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Qenos has completed the maintenance of the Olefins site SCAL-1 plant over the weekend of 7th and 8th October and will be restarting the plant over the next two to three days.
The flare will be in operation during the start up and will be managed to minimise the community impact.
Flares are used to safely burn waste gases which cannot be recovered or recycled in the processing plants. Further information about flares at Altona can be found on the Qenos website