May 2019

Environment and Safety

Can nuclear power plant methodologies help improve hydrocarbon processing reliability?—Part 1

Safety requirements within nuclear power plants (NPPs) have encouraged the development of several rigorous methodologies that, in turn, have stimulated excellence in operability, availability, reliability and maintenance to the extent that numerous guides and standards now regulate that industry.

Pradhan, S., Consulting Engineer; Zamora, A. A., Tecnicas Reunidas

Safety requirements within nuclear power plants (NPPs) have encouraged the development of several rigorous methodologies that, in turn, have stimulated excellence in operability, availability, reliability and maintenance to the extent that numerous guides and standards now regulate that industry. Comparisons of the safety requirements for nuclear facilities and the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) indicate that the two industries have very similar, if not identical, objectives (TABLE 1). In NPPs, it was determined that effective maintenance, not only of the operating plant equipment but also of the associated safety related systems, wa

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