August 2011

Safety, Security and Environment 2011 Supplement

Limit the damage from a vapor cloud loss

Risk reduction ideas from personal experience

Allen, G., Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Energy

Over 35 years of loss prevention and loss investigation experience in hydrocarbon processing facilities has led me to believe in the philosophy that I like to call rule number one: “If you do not pass on your experiences, someone else will have the same experience with the same bad results.” There are a few simple principles that could limit the damage of a vapor cloud event in a facility. It must be assumed that every plant operator is doing all the “keep it in the pipes” programs, like piping and vessel inspection, process hazard analysis reviews, corrosion under insulation and all the other parts of a good mechanical integrity program. The focus here is not on pre

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