Veolia reports cause of June's steam pipe explosion is abnormal pipe wall thinning
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- On Thursday, Veolia released an update to their analysis of the steam pipe explosion that occurred on June 20, citing abnormal pipe wall thinning as the cause.
The release from Veolia North America reads:
"Veolia carefully reviewed and analyzed the June 20th incident that occurred on Eutaw Street between Pratt Street and Lombard Street. A section of the steam pipe was excavated and inspected. The analysis determined the origin of the break showed evidence of abnormal pipe wall thinning. We have replaced the existing cast iron pipe with ductile carbon steel, and believe this will provide appropriate protection against thinning.
This was an extremely rare and isolated event. Veolia operates the largest footprint of district energy systems in North America and we believe this may be the only instance where a system experienced this type of failure.
Steam is one of the safest and most sustainable forms of energy. Safety is, without question, the highest priority at Veolia. We fully believe that the system is safe, and we are committed to using best practices to maintain its safety."