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RE: Sulfur Pit Fires and sulfur pumps

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Pete Bisila

Update on the pit fire issue. Has anyone else experienced a pit fire attributed to static discharge in the pit? If so, how did you determine the cause and what did you do about it? As rare as it may be, we feel it is quite likely that one of our problematic pumps may indeed be starting fires due to static charge off the lubricating flow. (Unless someone else can postulate an ignition source that occurs within 45-60 minutes of the installation and start up of a brand new pump???) There is a fair amount of literature avaialble referring to the potential to build a charge, but I have yet to see it be associated with the pumps. Anybody?…..Hello, hello, hellooooooo……….

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