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Navigational warning systems for oil platform

Tideland's ML-300 lanterns provide the main and secondary lights for Marathon's North Sea Brae Alpha platform

Stand and deliver: the role of front-line fire monitors

While fire monitors spend the vast majority of their lives motionless and inert, when the call to action comes, their effectiveness can easily be all that stands between recovery and disaster. Far from being ancillary equipment, they are a 'front line' firefighting resource in volatile high-hazard environments. Peter Kristenson explains

Oil characterisation is key to preventing hydrate formation

Research carried out in Norway promises to bring new solutions to the problem of dealing with hydrate formation in pipelines. Sean Ottewell reports

New standard in competency for Ex protection

The development of the IECEx Scheme for Certification of Personnel Competency has created a new standard by which all plant owners can judge if they have competent staff looking after Ex equipment

Self-contained water-atomising fire suppression for offshore installations

Alan Elder reports on a low-pressure system that is specifically engineered to deliver total flooding fire protection

More safety in the oilfield with ATEX drive heads

Joerg Eitler looks at a higher safety standard in the oilfield, using progressing cavity downhole pumps including the new ATEX drive head

US refineries commitment to safety called into question

A spate of serious accidents at US refineries has led to a renewed call for a commitment to safe operations from operators. Sean Ottewell reports

Explosive decompression perfluoroelastomer for offshore pumps and valves

Polymer's high fluorine content renders it inert to a wide range of liquids and gases such as hydrogen sulphide and methane

BP's 'top kill' tricky but doable; odds seen as even

BP says it has 30,000 hydraulic horsepower of pumping capacity at its disposal

IECEx Certification of Personnel Competency

New IECEx Scheme for Certification of Personnel Competency is off the ground

Lighting solution for extreme conditions

Torches remain charged and ready, they light up automatically in case of a blackout in hazardous working environments, such as the oil and gas sector.

Handheld ATEX laser measure

Suitable for offshore personnel working on high risk rigs and installations

Technology integration delivers more powerful integrity management

The complexity of the pipelines means there is no universal technical solution to all the safety challenges. But integration of existing technologies is a step forward. Jie-Wei Chen and Wolfgang Krieg report

Independent inspection key to oil and gas pipeline installations

The impact of the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill will result in oil and gas pipeline installations coming under far greater scrutiny from industry regulators over the coming months and years. Dr Richard Gooch discusses how to meet these more stringent engineering, inspection and safety requirements

Preventing petroleum tank lightning strikes

New options make satisfying API RP 545 fast, economical, and safe for floating roof tank lightning protection. Del Williams report

Oil spill detection system

The Miros OSD System utilises a standard marine X-band radar and advanced image processing algorithms for the detection of oil spill

Health and safety rules drive new industry initiatives

Evolving health and safety regulations are prompting a broad range of new initiatives within the industry, including a subsea well incident response project, novel landing string assemblies, and new guidelines to make offshore support vessels safer

Building competence through a well-defined industry collaboration

IMOSTI Inc trains and educates the workforce in offshore oil and gas industry

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