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02/20/2013

Increased Oil Productivity Could Come With Safety Risks

 
Increased oil production may come with a unique set of challenges for facility and plant managers.

The number of safety incidents at processing plants has increased as the nation's refineries have aged.1 During the first two weeks of 2013, a total of 27 process safety incidents, including fires, leaks and fugitive emissions were reported at U.S. refineries.2   This incident rate could climb even higher as the U.S. is expected to be the world's top oil producer by 2017 and plants are pushed even harder.  To further compound these risks, the industry is experiencing a "brain drain." More than half of the most seasoned oil and gas professionals are set to retire in the next few years.3

In response to industry trends, WIKA has developed the Full Audit Service Team (FAST), a value-added program to help ensure plant safety, productivity and profitability. FAST Services are provided by a dedicated group of engineers with the expertise to investigate, diagnose and correct issues with pressure and temperature instrumentation at refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants. 

"Every component and every piece of equipment can help plants be more productive and safe," says Michael Gerster, president of WIKA Instrument, LP, one of the world's largest manufacturers of pressure and temperature instrumentation. "Failures of even the smallest component, especially the wrong instruments, can expose plants to unsafe conditions, fines, clean-up costs, and the financial burden of dealing with shutdowns and severe injuries."

In a typical plant, 25% of pressure gauges are damaged, broken or misapplied.4 That means that within 20 feet of workers there are approximately eight gauges that pose safety risks.4 A malfunctioning gauge may lead to leaks, fugitive emissions or even fires. But even more likely, a malfunctioning or improper instrument can prevent a plant from identifying larger system and process issues before they develop into safety incidents.

"WIKA's FAST Program is one-of-a-kind. It's based on industry best practices for predictive and preventive maintenance as well as proprietary data compiled from more than 250 Instrument Audits and reviewing more than 150,000 installations," Gerster says. "With FAST Services, a plant manager won't have to worry about gauges.  We'll be the gauge expert so they don't have to be."

FAST Services include the Instrument Audit, Turnaround Instrument Planning, Instrument Failure Analysis and Instrument Safety Training, helping plants to:

  • Ensure the right gauge is in the right place to reduce the risk of fire, explosion and leaks
  • Identify redundant or incorrect inventory to reduce costs and decrease the risk of misapplication
  • Improve employee productivity, reduce maintenance costs and help eliminate guesswork
  • Extend the period between shutdowns and avoid operational disruptions and unplanned downtime

Sources

1 "Aging Equipment, Repeated Safety Violations Put Refinery Workers at Risk, Say Critics." Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell. ABC News; The Blotter. March 1, 2011.

2 Weekly List of Refinery Events, www.usw.org:  January 1-10 and January 11-17, 2013.

3"Skills Shortage in the Global Oil and Gas Industry: How to close the gap" Part I. Peter Peek, Jocelyn Fenard, Patrick Gantes, Christine Theiler. December 2008. Pages 14-15.

4 WIKA internal data based on more than 250 Instrument Audits.

 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

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04/09/2014
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04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
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03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
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03/11/2014
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