Technology Focus: Production Facilities (December 2011)
- Hisham Saadawi (ADCO)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
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- December 2011
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- Journal Paper
- 66 - 66
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Every year, SPE organizes more than 30 conferences worldwide. Critical issues of current interest to the oil industry are reflected in the SPE papers presented at these conferences. When selecting papers for this feature, I was not surprised that many papers deal with topics related to safety in facilities design and to asset integrity.
With recent publicized accidents and the industry’s continuing concern about its public image, operating companies are focusing on process safety and improving asset integrity, and are addressing these issues early in facilities design. Indeed, it can be argued that enhancing safety performance and dealing with the increased environmental risks remain the key challenges facing the industry today. Some concepts relevant to these topics are briefly outlined.
Asset integrity can be defined as the ability of the asset to perform its required function effectively and efficiently while managing health, safety, and the environment. In this context, asset integrity refers to hydrocarbon systems and includes support systems and infrastructure, such as platform structures.
Critical safety elements are those systems and equipment that prevent, control, or mitigate major accidents. They include elements such as pressure-relief valves, shutdown systems, fire- and gas-detection systems, and firefighting equipment.
Safety instrumented systems (SISs)—since its publication in 2003, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61511 standard is becoming the basis for the specifications and implementation of SISs in the oil industry. Initially, the industry was relatively slow to adopt this standard. A dilemma facing operating companies is what to do about the existing shutdown safety systems that were installed before 2003 and that are not in compliance with IEC 61511.
Papers selected for this feature along with those recommended for additional reading highlight industry progress in these issues. I hope that they will be of interest to you.
Production Facilities additional reading available at OnePetro: www.onepetro.org
SPE 146240 • “The Practical Application of Process Safety Principles To Determine and Monitor Asset Integrity of Oil and Gas Facilities” by John Hopkins, WGPSN.
SPE 141174 • “Replacement of Existing ESD Valves With New SIL Rated ESD Valves: A Case Study of Production Optimization and Enhancement of Process Safety and Integrity in Kuwait Oil Company” by Sadoun Mutar Bezea Al-Khaledi, Kuwait Oil Company, et al.
SPE 137461 • “Corrosion Management of a Worldwide Existing Pipeline Network” by Michel Bonis, Total S.A., et al.
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