MIIB Final Report on Buncefield

UK Petroleum Industry Association Limited
11th December 2008


MIIB’s Final Buncefield Report

UKPIA and its members welcome the MIIB’s 2 final report issued today, into the Buncefield oil terminal explosion and fire on 11th December 2005.

Since then, UKPIA's members have reacted swiftly to the initial findings and interim reports of the MIIB, as well as working closely with the Competent Authorities 5 (HSE, EA and SEPA).

As a result, the Buncefield Standards Task Group 3 (a joint industry CA task force) was established in June 2006 and published its own recommendations to improve safety at major fuel storage installations in July 2007.

Many of those recommendations have been or are being implemented. Furthermore, it was announced in September 2008 that UKPIA member companies (along with those of the Tank Storage Association) have committed to the standards of Safety Integrity Level 1 and the installation of automatic shutdown systems at storage terminals for tanks storing gasoline (petrol) received via pipeline transfer - a key recommendation of the MIIB.

UKPIA and its members continue to be closely involved in taking a lead on developing measures designed to promote the sharing of good practice and performance improvement in process safety at oil refineries and fuel storage facilities, with the aim of ensuring that the sector becomes a leader in process safety excellence, building upon the work already done by the BSTG and its successor the Process Safety Leadership Group 3, chaired by Tony Traynor of INEOS.

During this last year UKPIA :

  • Council signed up to the Commitment on Process Safety Leadership in April
  • established its own Process Safety Leadership Network, chaired by Alan Green of ConocoPhillips, to help support and direct the work of UKPIA and its members on the working groups of the PSLG, and support UKPIA’s Council in the delivery of its Process Safety Commitments agreed in April.
  • appointed Peter Davidson as Process Safety Programme Manager (joining the Secretariat in January 2009) to help both to underpin the active participation of UKPIA in the PSLG and the continued development of our process safety programme under the guidance of UKPIA’s Process Safety Leadership Network.
  • Held an international conference in February on process safety leadership
  • Participated in the HSE ‘Leading from the top’ conference for chief executives in April
  • Under the auspices of the PSLG, was a lead participant in the Practitioners Workshops held in October, and
  • Participated in the conference for senior executives of onshore major hazard companies in November, sponsored by the PSLG.

MIIB Buncefield Investigation Final Report


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Notes to editors:

  1. UKPIA represents nine oil refining and marketing companies operating in the UK, which also own approximately 2,152 of the UK's 9,271 service stations, and own and operate the nine major crude oil processing refineries in the UK.
  2. The independent MIIB, chaired by Lord Newton of Braintree, was set up to supervise the investigation into the explosion and fires at Buncefield. The investigation was directed by the then Health and Safety Commission and with the publication of this report, the MIIB’s work is completed under its terms of reference.
  3. Tony Traynor, Operations Director of INEOS Refining, chairs the Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG).Formed in July 2007 as the successor organisation to the Buncefield Standards Task Group, the PSLG aims to build upon the work of the Task Group, particularly in relation to maintaining leadership to improve operating and process safety standards in the petrochemical sector. It is also taking forward outstanding matters arising from the BSTG work, examining any other recommendations coming from the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board’s reports, and will monitor compliance with all the recommendations. The PSLG includes representatives from industry trade associations, the Competent Authority and trades unions.
  4. The main process safety regulation of refineries and terminals in the UK is the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations 1999. Refineries and larger oil storage terminals are categorised as top tier sites. These regulations require all such sites to have a major accident prevention plan and, in addition, top tier sites must produce a safety report to show that risks have been systematically reviewed and controlled, and necessary measures taken.
  5. COMAH Regulations are enforced by a joint Competent Authority: the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency in England and Wales; and HSE and Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland.

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