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OPSIS-limit exceedings

These are the incidences where the OPSIS monitoring notification limit was exceeded since the start of the system at BP in Geel in April 2000.

 

By way of the detection system OPSIS, BP continually monitors the presence of hydrocarbons such as benzene around the PX unit. BP has agreed with the authorities to notify the 'Milieu-inspectie' (Environmental Inspectorate) and a number of public bodies the moment the system measures a value exceeding 100 microgram per cubic metre for more than 30 minutes. The amount of 100 micrograms per cubic metre is called the notification limit.

 

2018
In the month of March 2018, some exceedances of the information threshold were found. These had to do with the maintenance work that was being carried out at that time. During a maintenance shutdown, the production units are shut down and made chemical-free to ensure that this work is carried out safely. Partly due to the cold weather conditions, limited quantities of product were left behind, which then resulted in a limited emission when the installations were opened. In practice, therefore, there were some minimal exceedances that are unavoidable with such large-scale activities. These exceedances and the actions taken were reported to the competent authorities.
2017
In 2017 no exceedances of the information threshold were observed.
2016
In 2016 no exceedances of the information threshold were observed.
2015
In 2015 no exceedances of the information threshold were observed.