Major Incident Planning and Support (MIP+S) Level 3

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Hazards and Risks at a COMAH Site


This section outlines the significant hazards and risks associated with operating as a top-tier COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) site.

Flammability Hazards

The site stores a range of flammable materials, including highly flammable substances similar to gasoline.

  • Storage Capacity: The largest tank holds up to 12 million litres of flammable material.
  • Processing Risks: Operations involve heating and condensing, increasing the risk of leaks and potential fires.

Potential Risks

There are several potential hazards that could lead to serious incidents:

  • Fire Hazards: Due to the presence of highly flammable materials, there is a risk of fires.
  • Vapour Cloud Explosions: In case of leaks, vapour cloud explosions are a significant risk.
  • Boiling Liquid Evaporating Vapour Emissions: Operations involving boiling liquids pose risks of vapour emissions.

Environmental Concerns

The site's drainage system discharges into a river designated as:

  • SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest)
  • Ramsar Site (Wetland of International Importance)
  • Special Protection Area (SPA)

In the event of a spill or incident, contamination of this sensitive environment is a significant concern.