Reducing secondary containment failures

One of the root causes of containment failure incidents occurred within the AD sector over the past years is the lack or poor standard of secondary containment. Several members of the REA as well as the EA have raised concerns that there is currently little clarity or transparency on what is required in terms of containment and bunding at AD sites. The EA is keen for the industry to take the leadership in setting its own guidance, if we are to avoid reputational and cost implications. 

To address these concerns, REA and ADBA have agreed to support with industry the development of a ‘risk register’, including guidance and criteria that can be applied to different types and scales of AD plant. This will provide guidance to developers on what need considering in terms of site containment when designing and constructing a site.  A small group of volunteers from industry led by Terrence Brownhill (Projen) agreed to make a start on drafting the risk register during January. Once drafted, the document will be sent out to industry for consultation, and, once finalised, it could be adopted or inform the development of an industry best practice guidance on containment and bunding.  

For more information, please contact Kiara (

Updated: 09/01/15

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