Risk Reduction Using Protection Systems in Brownfield Projects
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Many of the oil and gas operating facilities in the world are not new. Since acceptable engineering practices have evolved substantially over the last decades, major changes at the plant level require upgrading existing systems to meet the new standards. In addition, in some countries there is a minimum design basis requirement for hazardous operations.

This may lead to a requirement to evaluate and modify existing safety equipment. From the operating company's perspective, this also implies that older facilities may not be at same acceptable risk levels as newly built facilities. The paper discusses options (with a focus on mechanical and instrumented protection systems) available to facilities to update their systems and how to develop a consistent gap closure plan based on the plant requirements and constraints taking into account operability and reliability framework necessary for the operating company to justify the engineering solutions.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Irfan Shaikh
  • Title: Risk Reduction Using Protection Systems in Brownfield Projects
  • Event or Publication: IChemE Hazards Asia Pacific Symposium 2013
  • Practice Areas: Risk Management
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia