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Process Safety Analyses for New Fractionation Facility

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Third-party review with mitigation options for relief device installation in a FCC gas plant

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Resolution of Process Hazard Analysis Recommendations

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A global petrochemical company contracted Smith & Burgess to provide engineering assistance to answer PHA recommendations generated as part of a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) assessment. Tasks included reviewing the initial recommendations along with the basis for the severities from the team and providing options for resolution. The facility wanted to ensure that sufficient resources were committed in resolving the LOPA concerns while complying with both industry practices and state and federal technical, environmental and safety requirements.

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Gas Plant Vent Sizing

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A United States production company was in the process of designing a natural gas liquids facility. This facility was being commissioned when a review of the design package indicated that the vent stack for the relief valves had not been sized. Based on the information provided, Smith & Burgess developed the relief systems loads. Upon completion, Smith & Burgess was able to provide a detailed vent stack-sizing basis that quickly satisfied RAGAGEP requirements. This lead to an increase in the overall safety of the facility, while satisfying the requirements from the regulatory review, through minor system re-designs.

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Transient Analysis of Production Facility for Startup and Shutdown Operations and Flare Capacity

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A national petroleum company in the process of building a new gas plant, fed by a natural gas field, changed the operating conditions of a section of the gathering system. Rather than modifying the physical system to operate with high pressure and low pressure headers, the company consolidated the entire gathering system into a single system. As a result, the two flare stacks needed to be designed to ensure their adequacy after the major changes.

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Overpressure Protection Analysis

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A global oil and natural gas operation company contracted Smith & Burgess to provide engineering assistance for reviewing the PSM standard 29CFR191.119 compliance at their production facilities. They were also tasked with helping the company develop a methodology to document the design basis for the relief devices that protect the facilities equipment. These facilities are not currently covered in the PSM standard 29CFR191.119. In applying the standard, the company wanted to assess how well those facilities fared in terms of compliance. The overpressure study helped the company identify several operating and design issues that deviated from the standard, as well as identify the existing documentation deficiencies in order to comply with PSM standard 29CFR191.119. Lastly, the study helped the company categorize their facilities based on the size and set pressure of relief device and operating conditions.

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Coke Drum Relief Valve Simmering

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A global energy and refining company was seeking to resolve an issue with their coker unit operations at an Arctic Circle refinery. Due to throughput increases, the operating pressures in the facility’s coke drums increased significantly and were approaching the MAWP of the drums; subsequently, the relief devices installed on the drums would simmer, releasing material into the flare system that would then clog the header piping. In addition to this problem, there were also previously identified concerns related to the inlet pressure losses for the relief devices. This prompted the facility to lower the set pressure on some of the relief devices, further worsening the simmering problem. The facility was concerned they would have to cut production rates in order to resolve these issues.

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3-Phase Separator Design Assistance

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A local terminal and storage facility needed engineering assistance with eliminating atmospheric venting at their facility. The facility was manually venting the hydrocarbons during day-to-day operation into the atmosphere, and their personnel felt that the process didn’t adhere to the company’s new safety standard.

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PPM to Flarenet

| Published on July 11, 2012 by Smith & Burgess

A leading petroleum refiner and supplier was looking to transfer their flare network hydraulic model from PPM (a Siemens’ product) to Flarenet, as the upgraded version of PPM no longer supported an internal hydraulic solver. In order for the client to have a working flare hydraulic model to comply with federal regulations, this switch was necessary. Since Flarenet uses the same licensing for clients who are already using other AspenTech products, the use of Flarenet was a cost-efficient choice for the client.

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Blast Study

| Published on July 11, 2012 by Smith & Burgess

A chemical manufacturing company commissioned a study that evaluated the effects of various leak scenarios from nearby tanks. The initial evaluation provided unclear results and lacked the information required by the structural engineers to adequately design the control room.

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