Loss Prevention

Project Management: Bridging the gap in revamp projects—From business need to design basis

Revamp projects are notorious for scope creep, cost and schedule overruns.

Upgrade the ALARP model as a holistic approach to project risk and decision management

Benintendi, R., De Mare, G., University of Salerno

The ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) model was developed by the UK Health and Safety Executive to establish and justify risk acceptability limits.

FCC collector tray leaks impact column operation

Hanson, D., Brown Burns, J., Teders, M., Valero Energy Corp.

In the collective experience of the authors, one of the most troublesome pieces of refinery fractionation equipment is the collector tray.

XOS launches analyzer for testing critical elements in petroleum refineries

ALBANY, N.Y. — XOS has announced the worldwide release of Petra MAX, a new D4294 analyzer with combined analysis of 13 elements from P to Zn. Petra MAX delivers high-precision sulfur analysis in addition to rapid monitoring of critical elements like Ca, Fe, K, Ni, and V at sub-ppm levels.

Using an improved method of capitalized cost to evaluate alternatives

Kerr, C. P., Contributing Writer

The method of capitalized cost is often used to determine the most desirable economic alternative. In its most simplified form, it consists of the original cost of an alternative plus the capital cost of a perpetuity needed to generate funds to replace the item at known intervals of useful-life.

Rethinking the risk mitigation process and revitalizing operational safety

Planche, S., DuPont

For the past 2 yr, oil prices have been in free-fall. At the time of writing, the WTI price is around $50/bbl, up slightly since OPEC’s May 2017 announcement to extend its September 2016 production cut of 2.2%.

Identify the cause of liquid maldistribution inside packed beds

Pless, L., Tracerco

Diagnosing liquid maldistribution problems inside packed beds that can cause mass transfer efficiency loss is a challenge to process engineers.

Carburization inspection robots for radiant tubes inside ethylene cracking furnaces

Tiyawongsakul, T., Rayong Engineering & Plant Service Co. Ltd.

In an olefins plant, the reliability of ethylene cracking furnaces is one of the deciding factors used to indicate whether or not the plant can be operated at its design productivity.

Does your control valve talk?

Almas, A., Palmela

Pneumatic operated control valves (POCVs) are consistently the most used control final element for process control across most industries—in some cases, they are also part of the safety instrumented systems (SISs) layer.

Plug the metering skills gap to ensure measurement accuracy and safety

Macgillivray, A., TUV NEL Ltd.

In all sectors of industry, the measurement of flow is of vital importance. However, in an industry that is cutting costs, what impact will a growing skills gap have on meter management and accuracy of measurement?