MAR Consulting performed an Electrical Hazard and Operability (EHAZOP) analysis of an electrical onshore station for a major OEM. The station receives power generated from offshore wind turbines (North Sea). The project was in the basic design phase, entering detailed design. Objectives of the EHAZOP The objectives were to: Evaluate the electric design with regards to safety and operability to avoid accidents and incidents; Ensure that design is fit for purpose and provides sufficient reliability, availability, and maintainability; Identify areas of improvement. Scope of the EHAZOP for wind power onshore station The E-HAZOP covered the high-power transmission and auxiliary systems. […]
MAR Consulting AS facilitated online a 7-day electrical safety and operability (SAFOP / E-HAZOP) analysis for a new liquified natural gas (LNG) development in the USA. SAFOP is also often referred to as an electrical hazard and operability (E-HAZOP) analysis. However, besides the technical system operability study, it can also include a more classical hazard identification (HAZID) and an operator task analysis. In this project, the client required system operability and a HAZID to identify potential hazards on the electrical design of the LNG plant. An operator task analysis was not included since the project was just entering the detailed […]
MAR Consulting performed an Electrical Hazard and Operability (EHAZOP) analysis of an offshore wind power transmission platform. The platform receives AC power generated by wind turbines and distributes it to shore via a High Voltage DC link. Objectives of the EHAZOP The main objectives were to: Evaluate the electric design with regards to safety and operability to avoid accidents and incidents; Ensure that design is fit for purpose and provides sufficient reliability, availability, and maintainability; Identify areas of improvement. Scope of the EHAZOP for offshore wind power platform The E-HAZOP covered the high-power transmission systems: Gas Insulated Switchgears (GIS), transformer, […]
MAR Consulting facilitated and documented a 2-day computer and control system HAZOP (CHAZOP) and a what-if analysis for an electrical power plant in Aruba. Major upgrades to the control system (HMI, PLCs, and network) triggered the analysis, with the objectives to: ▪ Evaluate the control system design modifications with regards to safety and operability;▪ Eliminate or reduce the likelihood of accidents and incidents due to the control system design modifications;▪ Identify and recommend design improvements. A what-if/ CHAZOP is a systematic review of the design and operation of a control system. MAR Consulting conducted the study as a multidisciplinary workshop […]
MAR Consulting AS received a contract extension to perform hazard identification (HAZID) and operability analysis with regards to worker safety in a major new build in Lund, Sweden. The new build will be a European nuclear research facility. Further responsibilities include oxygen deficient hazard (ODH) analysis and defining processes, rules, guidelines, and procedures for risk identification, analysis, evaluation and treatment within the facility during design, manufacturing and installation phases. https://www.marconsulting.no/2017/11/27/new-contract-in-nuclear-industry/
MAR Consulting performed an Electrical Hazard and Operability (EHAZOP) study of the electrical systems present in a power plant concept. Power Plant Concept The client wished to analyze a new power plant concept based on ultimate generation high-efficiency engines able to run on natural gas and heavy fuel oil. The engines are expected to run mostly on natural gas. Engine-based power generation will provide the flexibility necessary to counterbalance fluctuations caused by intermittent sources of energy into the grid, such as renewable energy sources. Objectives of the EHAZOP The EHAZOP focused on hazards potential resulting from the design, operation, and […]
MAR consulting AS facilitated a cybersecurity hazard identification (HAZID) of a manned oil & gas offshore production platform complex. The workshop aimed at identifying cybersecurity hazards based on the experience and knowledge of cybersecurity specialists and network administrators. It followed standard hazard identification strategies adapted to cybersecurity hazards. To learn more about the methodology, see our previous article or contact us.
Cyber-attacks have the potential to become a major threat to oil and gas operators. Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $5 billion in 2017. That’s up from $325 million in 2015 — a 15X increase in two years and expected to worsen. Prevention and mitigation of accidents are normally achieved through good practices, hazard and risk assessments, and application of appropriate risk reduction measures. However, traditional process and hazard studies such as hazard and operability studies (HAZOP), hazard identification (HAZID), etc.. are not appropriate to address cybersecurity threats since they typically only consider single initiating events. MAR Consulting […]
MAR Consulting AS facilitated an electrical safety and operability (SAFOP or EHAZOP) analysis of a unique North American liquified natural gas (LNG) plant. The LNG plant is being expanded with electric motor-driven technology for liquefaction resulting in reduced emissions and eco-friendly operations. An electrical SAFOP consists of hazard identification and safety analysis; system operability; and operator task analysis of the electrical systems in the plant. It is performed in workshops (3-weeks duration) with the system and electrical engineers; construction and commissioning personnel; and operators.