Abstract

The overwhelming goal to maintain a pollution-free environment whilst providing a hazardous–free operation necessitate the oil and gas companies to embark on maintaining the integrity of its mature infrastructure that may have a high potential for frequent failures due to internal/external corrosion, mechanical failures, aging and lack of maintenance.

Therefore, it is necessary for those companies to correct the reactive approach in their operations and to start being proactive especially in the integrity-related issues. In this paper, a brief discussion will be reviewed to reflect and to demonstrate the necessary activities and action plans recommended to oil and gas operators in order to safely keep the hydrocarbon inside its container by maintaining the integrity of the handling facilities in order to protect the operators, surrounding environment and the long-term value to company's shareholders.

This vision requires company's operators to develop an integrity management plan and self assessment programs to address the condition of the facilities in order to control its failures, maintain its mechanical integrity and to assure its safe operation.

A tailored PS/IM (Process Safety / Integrity Management) Program could be used by operators to identify the areas of greatest impact to the environment/safety, establish the necessary course of actions to remedy the deficiencies, determine the current condition and the remaining life for each facility, refurbish the aged infrastructure and maintain its integrity.

This practice could be transferred to all oil and gas companies to help them in keeping hazards-free operations and to maintain pollution-free environment in order to protect the safety of employees and community meanwhile complying with environmental laws and regulations.

Introduction

Gupco's PSIM program considers 8 elements that could be used for Hazard Evaluation, Management of Change, Mechanical Integrity, Protective Systems, Competent Personnel, Incident Investigation, Emergency Response and the Performance Management.

The Hazard Evaluation element necessitates the operator to systematically identify and eliminate / control / mitigate hazards within the boundaries of all facilities such that residual risk are as low as reasonably practical. In addition, risk assessments shall be carried out as necessary to understand the risks, ensure they are managed and results communicated and understood by the workforce.

The Management of Change element necessitates the operator to maintain a Management of Change system for temporary and permanent process, equipment, operating and organizational change.

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