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Coke Drum Damage Lesson Learned

Presented By

Sarah Whitaker - ExxonMobil

David Gibson - ExxonMobil


ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery Coke Bed Combustion IncidentA coke cutting interruption during normal operations allowed a hot spot to form in the coke bed.  The hot spot resulted in coke drum damage. This topic will focus on why the hot spot formed, how the coke drum was repaired, and corrective actions to reduce the probability of future events.

Sarah WhitakerSarah Whitaker is a delayed coking specialist with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.  She has worked in the refining industry for 13 years. Her delayed coking experience totals seven years including process engineering assignments at two refineries and her current role in central engineering.


David GibsonDavid Gibson is a Senior Mechanical Engineering Associate with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering group.  He has worked with the company in the chemical and refining sector for 20 years, 11 of those years he directly supported delayed coking units at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge Refinery.

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