February 2022

Environment and Safety

Are hot pipes and equipment surfaces ignition sources in the HPI?

Most international and national standards used in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) for conducting hazardous area classification do not provide any guidance or recommendation for non-electrical equipment, such as hot pipe and equipment surfaces, that can act as ignition sources.

Biradar, B., Agarwal, A., Bechtel India Pvt Ltd.

Most international and national standards used in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) for conducting hazardous area classification do not provide any guidance or recommendation for non-electrical equipment, such as hot pipe and equipment surfaces, that can act as ignition sources. These standards are written specifically for electrical equipment as the source of ignition for hazardous area classification purposes. Accordingly, HPI engineers are also conducting this exercise for the selection of electrical equipment in hazardous areas and other non-electrical ignition sources that are not reported in the classification process. Approach Some of the international and national standards u

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