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Refinery – Flex Process LTD

Case study: Refinery

The Problem

A refinery was under pressure from the UK HSE over the operating practices at their LPG storage tanks. Improvements were required. Poor operation could lead to uncontrolled LPG releases and a vapour cloud explosion or BLEVE. An independent consultant was called in to review the client’s practices against ALARP and make recommendations.

The Solution

  • Review the HSE recommendations and existing design and operations, against good practice, and perform a gap analysis.

  • Facilitate an inherent safety review to identify further risk reduction measures.

  • Demonstrate that risks have been reduced to ALARP and provide a justification for accepting or rejecting each risk reduction measure. Perform Cost benefit analysis and consequence modelling where necessary.

The Benefits

  • This approach ensured that appropriate, cost-effective controls were applied , and risks. controlled to ALARP.

  • Provided assurance to the client that his key risks are adequately controlled and supplies documented evidence to show this.

  • This evidence-based approach helps to overcome differences between industry and regulator, improving the relationship.

Services Provided

  • Review of relevant good practice, recommendations from historical incidents, and gap analysis.

  • Inherent Safety review.

  • HAZOP and risk assessment.

  • ALARP Assessment.

  • Prepare documentation for client/Competent Authority meetings.