Accidents in AD-Lessons learnt from industry
As part of its technical due diligence activity plant operators ZEBEC commissioned PROjEN BioEnergy to identify the frequency and causes of accidents on AD plants.
The study involved an internet word search on a set of words related to AD accidents [e.g. Biogas, accident, incident, explosion, fire, death, anaerobic digester]. These were translated into German, French, Spanish, Danish and Swedish and used as search terms on internet search engines, the most useful of which was Google. The terms brought to light newspaper reports of accidents in the language local to the incident. These newspaper articles were then translated to English and analysed for clues as to the type of accidents on AD plants, the frequency of accidents and more importantly the cause of the accidents.
The report highlights 13 deaths world -wide from 2003 to 2010, [India, one explosion 4 deaths; Germany, gas incident 4 deaths; Philippines, gas incident 4 deaths; UK, gas incident 1 death]. In addition there were 11 Serious Injuries [including serious burns from explosions and near fatal gas related injuries]. There were also 13 other noted Injuries [including 11 firemen- mainly gas related]. The population of digesters these accidents relate to was close to 10,000 in Europe and over a million others world-wide.
For a full copy of the report click HERE
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