For a construction company, supplier for the oil & gas industry, Magion has assisted in providing a SIL (Safety Integrity Level) assessment for an LNG terminal in Europe. Magion was contacted by the end user and the construction company, to provide a team of certified SIL engineers to assist with the SIL assessment procedures for the design of a new LNG terminal, consisting of an offloading facility, storage and Regas Unit. The construction company had very little experience with the SIL methodology and relied on Magion’s engineers to reach compliance with the internationals standards as required by the end user and the authorities.
The objective of a SIL assessment is to determine the SIL level of a safety function which is or is to be installed to reduce risk of industrial operations. The SIL assessment will have to be in compliance with the international standard IEC 61511: “Functional safety; safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector”. Ultimately these safety levels will have to be in accordance with levels of risk reduction deemed to be acceptable within the process industry.
Magion’s team consisted of a certified SIL facilitator, leading the assessment process, and a SIL scribe who was responsible for the administration of the assessment, but also actively took part in the assessment process. After a brief period of preparations, the assessment sessions were held in order to assess the relevant safety scenarios and determine the corresponding SIL levels. During these sessions end user and supplier staff members of various disciplines were present to contribute to the assessment process. The involvement of these experts is of paramount importance as their knowledge ensures that the right decisions are being made with respect to installation design and risk mitigation.
After completion of the initial SIL assessment, the results were used as input for a redesign of the installation for the benefit of safe operations. Since the HAZOP and the design of the LNG terminal had been done without compliance to IEC61511 in mind, a gap analysis was required to ensure that all scenarios resulting from the HAZOP studies were covered in the SIL assessment and vice versa. This was also important because of the required traceability of requirements in the SIS Safety lifecycle. Finally, a follow-up session was organized to close the remaining gaps with which the project was successfully completed.
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For a customer in the oil and gas sector Magion has built web-based production reports, providing unambiguous production data throughout the company. Both offshore as well as onshore customer staff can access the same reports to process production information into their daily routine.
Our customer operates a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) in the British sector of the North Sea. Production data is stored in an OSIsoft PI system offshore and synchronized to the onshore office. As bandwidth is limited on the North Sea, Magion has adopted specific technology for optimal synchronization. The request from our customer was to provide an application which allows staff throughout the company to access production data for overview and analysis purposes. The request was made for a number of reports, amongst which are a daily report, an allocation report, running hours report and a tank report.
Magion proposed to build a functional hierarchy into PI-AF, opening up the wealth of information contained within the data, in a structured manner. Furthermore Magion proposed to build the reports using web based technology, allowing access from anywhere within the secure company network. The benefit of this technology is that everyone is looking at the same data, preventing confusion which occurs if staff members use their own (for example Excel based) reporting tools. Whilst not strictly necessary due to the flexibility of the web based reports, export to PDF is still part of the functionality.
In building the application, Magion has used its own framework software. This framework allows for an efficient way of executing the various analyses as well as allowing for a smart way of presenting the data in the report. The challenge of this project was to ensure that all vital information was present on the reports before first oil. A close collaboration between customer staff and Magion engineers ensured that the PI-AF hierarchy was set up to reflect the situation of the actual production facility and the layout of the reports was practical and intuitive to use. The close collaboration was therefore proven again to be key to the success of this type of project.
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Gate terminal has commissioned Magion to initiate an alarm management program, in order to further optimize the alarming on the existing Yokogawa DCS operating system. During the first phase that is currently being carried out, the current alarm system is benchmarked, an alarm philosophy is written for the future situation and preparations are being made for the alarm rationalization which will take place in 2018. Gate terminal has chosen Magion to execute this assignment because of the practical approach that is being applied, which is in line with the vision Gate terminal has regarding this subject.
On the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, Gate terminal has built the first Dutch LNG import terminal. The terminal fits into Dutch and European energy policies, which state strategic diversification of LNG, sustainability, safety and environmental friendliness as important principles. Nederlandse Gasunie N.V. (Gasunie) and Koninklijke Vopak N.V. (Vopak) are the initiators and partners in Gate terminal. (www.gate.nl)
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