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Pressure relief systems 'neglected'

Pressure relief systems appear to have been neglected over recent years, there will be a need to address this key area of vulnerability

Intrinsic safety barriers for hazardous areas

Intrinsic Safety Barriers provide both power and signal isolation for an incremental encoder with differential quadrature outputs and an index

StatoilHydro publishes report into Norwegian rig's oil spill

Norwegian company StatoilHydro has published a report which investigates the environmental impact of a crude oil spill at its Statfjord A North Sea platform in December 2007

Reverse buckling bursting disc for accurate pressure relief

The UBR Bursting Disk combines resistance to vacuum with the ability to operate up to 95 per cent of its minimum burst pressure

UPS protection for oil and gas platform off the South African coast

Unlike diesel back-up generators, UPS provide 100 per cent ‘instant’ continuity of supply, says Carter Sullivan

Rugged mobile computers gain ATEX explosion-safe certification

Boost productivity wherever explosive gases and chemical vapours traditionally require workers to perform their jobs using paper-based systems

Safety system protects personnel and operations

ABB’s System 800xA high integrity now operating on StatoilHydro’s Troll A platform; system will control emergency shut down applications

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

Explosion-proof enclosures for electrical equipment

Target offshore and onshore oil, gas and petrochemical applications

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

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