Information about incident on friday January 18th 2013
Friday, shortly after 5.00 pm, the fire started. Although the gas escaping from the test facility provided a spectacular fire cloud during the first few minutes, the fire was relatively quickly under control. The very efficient deployment of the fire brigade in Arnhem contributed strongly to this fact. The fire was triggered by the rupture of the shell of a heat exchanger, although operating at only half of its design pressure. A metallurgical defect is likely to have played a role. An independent investigation is carried out by TÜV from Germany. Until this event the installation has been operating incident free. It is generally considered to belong to the most sophisticated oilfield simulation facilities in industry.
Mrs. Margreet van Gastel, deputy mayor of the city of Arnhem confirmed: “ProLabNL’s permits are in order and comply to all current regulations. We wish ProLabNL’s personnel strength and good luck in re-commissioning their test facility”.
Arnhem, January 23d 2013
Note For further information please contact:
Mrs. Hermien Nieuwenhuijsen of ProLabNL