Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE) is a type of rapid phase transition in which a liquid contained above its atmospheric boiling point is rapidly depressurized, causing a nearly instantaneous transition from liquid to vapor with a corresponding energy release. A BLEVE of flammable material is often accompanied by a large aerosol fireball, since an external fire impinging on the vapor space of a pressure vessel is a common cause. However, it is not necessary for the liquid to be flammable to have a BLEVE occur. (Source: www.aiche.org/ccps/)
Kuwait’s Al-Zour integrated refining complex progressing as planned (22 January 2018): By Robert Brelsford - OGJ Downstream Technology Editor: Kuwait Petroleum Corp.’s (KPC) newly formed subsidiary Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC) said it remains on schedule to complete its grassroots 615,000-b/d Al-Zour integrated refining complex under construction in southern Kuwait by yearend 2019. Refuting recent local media reports that the project will be delayed, KIPIC confirmed on Jan. 20 that all five packages of the integrated complex are proceeding in line with the original schedule, with all packages due to be completed by the end of 2019.