Safety

Reliability: The risks of deferred compressor maintenance

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At a recent conference attended by failure investigation professionals in San Antonio, Texas, a participant spoke about an explosion and fire event on a multistage horizontally opposed compressor in oxygen (O2) service. He had scant data, but he knew the machine did not have cylinder lubrication.

Never waste a shutdown to improve process safety and uptime

Loseto, M., Honeywell Process Solutions

Process safety cannot be ensured solely by design, as it relies on the effective operability of safety and control components. Effective operability is influenced by factors that include the condition of components and operational practices.

Power outage halts output at Mexico's Tula crude refinery

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- Mexico's second-biggest oil refinery was hit by a power outage that halted production, state oil company Pemex said on Saturday.

ADNOC shuts half capacity at Ruwais refinery after fire

SINGAPORE/DUBAI (Reuters) -- Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has shut half the capacity at its 800,000 barrels-per-day Ruwais refinery after a fire there last week, three industry sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Accident kills worker at Pemex refinery, output not affected

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- An accident at the Ciudad Madero refinery of Mexican state-owned oil firm Pemex killed one worker on Thursday, but the incident will not affect production, a company spokesperson said.

Improve plant work processes with enhanced alarm response programs

Millinger, G., MAVERICK Technologies

One of the unfortunate realities of automation in process industries is the stubborn inability to improve on the weakest link of the chain: human beings.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Lubricants play a key role in equipment performance and reliability. ExxonMobil has redesigned used lubricant analysis service to be quicker, easier and more useful.

Viewpoint: Leadership commitment for safety and sustainability

Dutta, H., Gupta, L. K., Maji, S., Essar Oil Ltd.

Management commitment is an essential ingredient for building a healthy organizational safety culture. To achieve this objective, management must provide adequate resources, along with unstinted support and direction.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 94: Why mentors are important for industry

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

When I started working in industry 50 years ago, it was management’s job to have a senior engineer watch over my work. Much of the quality of my analytical work and technical discipline were formed early in my career with help from these engineers.

Reliability: Reliability and the EPC contractor

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In this column, I have often elaborated on critical information related to reliability thinking. However, reliability thinking is continually subverted by approaches that concentrate excessively on project cost and completion.