6 Worst Pipeline Accidents since 2010

9th November 2018
Pipeline Integrity Management

  Maintaining the safety and reliability levels of high-pressure oil and gas pipeline systems is crucial to any Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) system. As these pipelines transport hazardous and highly flammable materials, any mistake may result in fire, explosion or poisoning that will lead to significant economic losses, casualties and environmental pollution. A well-rounded PIM plan has a defined and written integrity program, which includes defined integrity goals, sound written processes and procedures (covering design, construction, operations, maintenance, and removal from service), change management, risk analysis, documentation systems, emergency management protocols, external audits to gauge the program itself, and defined...

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Fire and Gas Detection Systems Guideline in Lowering Explosion Risks

7th November 2018
Gas Explosion Hazards, Fire Detection and Protection Systems Design for Oil & Gas

  Industrial fires and explosions cost companies and governments billions of dollars yearly. In 2017, an average of 37,000 fires occurred at industrial and manufacturing properties and resulted in 18 deaths and 279 injuries. A total amount of $1 billion was recorded in direct property damage alone. Well designed fire safety systems, detection and alarm systems are all paramount to keep workers safe. This is especially true for worksites that where flammable and/or toxic substances are extracted and processed. This includes chemical plants, oil and gas refineries, and on offshore drilling rigs. Prompt detection provides timely notification of personnel, activation...

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ASME B31.3- Latest Process Piping Changes

1st November 2018
Process Piping

  B31.3 is one of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)’s most requested codes. It serves as a companion to ASME’s B31.1 Code on Power Piping as well as to the other codes in ASME’s B31 series. Together, they remain essential references for anyone engaged with piping. Careful application of these B31 codes will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdictions, while achieving the operational, cost and safety benefits to be gained from the many industry best-practices detailed within these volumes.   ASME B31.3 – Process Piping   Process Piping is the piping that convey fluids under...

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Risk Management with LNG ships – Tackling LNG Fires

29th October 2018

  The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has set out to reduce the total carbon emissions from marine transport by half by 2050. This involves lowering the sulphur content in vessel fuels and setting the limit at 0.5 per cent. With this regulation with effect from 2020, shipping companies may choose to switch to an alternative fuel – LNG. Natural gases provide a more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient fuel for ships, with an estimated emitting up to 90-95 per cent less sulphur oxide as well as nitrogen oxide than oil-based ones. However, there are risks involved when transporting LNG. As natural...

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6 Essentials for Media Crisis Management

18th October 2018
Media Crisis Management

  Being able to manage the media is crucial to the operations of any organisation. Whether for a product launch, quarterly announcement or crisis management, the spokesperson needs to be able to convey messages clearly, concisely and convincingly.   Crises are inevitable for businesses but being prepared through proper training and having the right spokesperson to speak in front of the media is key. Crisis management is an essential skill for all businesses. Crisis management is key to effectively manage an organisation’s reputation in times of crisis. Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time can wipe out stock valuations...

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How Leadership In Process Safety Is The Key to Successful PSM Implementation

16th October 2018
Process Plants

  Process safety incidents can induce an enormous loss of capital and business continuity, while negatively affecting the company’s reputation. As companies are responsible for all onsite workers, companies will need to know how to guarantee their safety while ensuring the facility is always operating at maximum safety. In addition, companies will need to know how to ensure acceptable risk level through a comprehensive management system and to ensure that it is fit for purpose and suits the Process Safety Management (PSM) system.   If an organisation’s PSM system is to be successful and sustainable, it requires the commitment of...

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How To Manage Risks Which May Lead to Charter Party Disputes?

11th October 2018

  Laytime/demurrage is traditionally one of the most contentious issues in the shipping industry, owing to the frequency with vessels are delayed in port, the cost caused by such delays, and the often ambiguous wording in charter parties and contracts for the international sale of goods. In order to maintain a harmonious business relationship between shipowners and charterers, it is desirable to avoid disputes on charter parties. Therefore, the establishment of a clear and solid contractual basis on laytime calculations and demurrage rules for all parties is one of the utmost importance. A firm understanding of the legal and practical...

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Industry Practice for Fire and Gas Detection Systems

9th October 2018

  Fire and gas detection systems play a huge role in maintaining safety levels in the oil & gas industry. The objective of installing a fire or gas detection system is to give reliable warning of a developing hazard in sufficient time to prevent that hazard occurring. Fire and gas detection systems are installed to continuously monitor plant activity and in case of hazardous conditions initiate appropriate actions. These systems give the earliest warning of hazardous situations and are required to work from the detection of hazardous gases up to a proper plant shutdown. Based on the HSE guide, the...

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Integration of Human Factors in Preparation for Safety Case

4th October 2018

  The need for increased safety levels in the industry is seen through the recent introduction of a set of Major Hazards Installations (MHI) Regulations under the Workplace Safety and Health Act. The core feature of the MHI Regulations is the Safety Case Regime where the submission of a safety case is compulsory.   A safety case is a structured argument produced by an MHI operator, which: Identifies the hazards and risks that may lead to a major accident Describes how the risks are controlled Describes the safety management system in place to ensure controls are applied in a consistent...

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Major Threats to Pipeline Integrity

2nd October 2018

  Pipeline integrity ensures a pipeline and all its related components are running properly and in good working condition. It involves and ensures that pipelines are designed, built and operated to be safe, reliable and sustainable. Pipeline integrity management is done through every aspect of the pipeline life cycle – from design and construction to operations, maintenance and retirement. There are many challenges to the integrity, or overall safety, of a pipeline: Corrosion, cracks caused by the environment, mechanical damage (strain, dents, gouges), manufacturing or construction defects, equipment failure, operation error or external forces.   Corrosion Pipelines are prone to...

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