Technical risk, safety and environmental

Risk, Safety and Environmental (RSE) services can be utilised as an integral part of a larger project or provided as a standalone service.  

All areas of risk will be carefully considered by the team, using rigorous systems and processes. Mitigating issues as early as possible is essential to successful project development. Our capability spans all project stages – from concept through to FEED, detailed design and operations. 

 Core competencies include:

 

Hazard and risk assessment

Although the risks facing any project can be broadly similar in nature, each project also has its own particular risks. It is vitally important to identify and assess the specific risks associated with each project.

Our team is adept at reviewing data and using industry-proven methodologies with consequence and risk analysis techniques to create an accurate picture of the risks facing any project.

We deliver the following stages of analysis:

  • hazard identification
  • preliminary (qualitative) risk ranking/screening
  • major accident event identification
  • frequency analysis to determine the likelihood of a major accident
  • consequence analysis to determine the impact of a major accident
  • generation of a quantitative risk assessment model to calculate the overall risk
  • sensitivity and ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practicable) analyses

And - depending on the project - our risk experts will create:

  • hazard registers, risk matrices and fault schedules
  • design basis assessment
  • system reliability analysis
  • safety integrity level assessment
  • specifications of minimum safety requirements, limits and conditions of operation
  • hazard bowtie analysis – mitigation plans
  • ALARP assessment and demonstration

 

Process safety

Oil and gas facilities are dangerous places, handling hazardous chemicals.

Process safety engineering aims to prevent the unwanted and uncontrolled release of these hazardous chemicals, particularly where this could expose workers and the public to serious hazard. It requires a systematic approach to identifying, evaluating and managing hazards and the application of deep design and operational experience.

Engineering design requirements for these hazardous facilities are becoming increasingly challenging, as operators rightly demand the highest levels of safety standards, as well as higher production levels and more flexibility.

Process safety engineering relies on the detailed analysis of an asset, of its development stage, and of the project’s execution methodology. Our process safety engineers are fully qualified to review safety processes and to identify potential risks, including:

  • fire and explosion hazard analysis
  • dispersion modelling – toxic gases, flares and vents
  • offshore escape evacuation recovery
  • emergency systems survival analysis
  • dropped objects
  • temporary refuge impairment

Our engineers can specify safety systems, including:

  • fire and gas
  • emergency shutdown
  • hazardous area classification
  • active and passive fire protection

And we offer reliability and availability assessments. These look at production targets, compare alternative design configurations, and then define sparing requirements and design change sensitivity to help our clients maximise reliability and availability of their assets.

 

Environmental risk

Our environmental engineers conduct environmental risk assessments using industry-proven qualitative assessment techniques. They are all fully qualified, and have experience of ISO 14004: Environmental Management Systems.

We offer:

  • environmental impact identification studies (ENVID)
  • best available technique studies (BAT)
  • waste stream disposal studies
  • environmental budget reports
  • emissions inventories
  • preparation of scopes of work for Environmental Impact Assessment
  • management of third party environmental consultants
  • noise assessments and modelling (overseeing specialist consultants)
  • permitting and licensing applications

 

Risk, safety and environmental workshops

Part of the process of mitigating the high level of risk associated with oil and gas projects is the regular conduct of risk, safety and environmental workshops.

These ensure that everybody associated with the project - clients, third party consultants and our own experts - fully understand the status and objectives of the project.

Our fully rounded understanding of the risks associated with these projects, from subsurface, then from well-head to production and refining, and on to export, means that our team of experts are best placed to prepare, deliver and manage risk, safety and environmental workshops.

These can be conducted in-house or offsite, and include:

  • hazard and operability reviews (HAZOP)
  • hazard identification (HAZID)
  • environmental issues identification studies (ENVID)
  • safety and integrity level assessment reviews (SIL) undertaken in accordance with IEC61 508/61511 and calibrated in consultation with clients
  • layer of protection analysis (LOPA)
  • ALARP (to demonstrate that risks are As Low As Reasonably Practicable)
  • simultaneous operations workshops (SIMOPS)
  • constructability and layout reviews

 

Our strengths

  • proven methodology. Our risk assessment and risk management approach and disciplines have grown from our deep experience of managing major projects.
  • expert teams. We have risk engineers with deep experience of assessing and managing risks for major projects. We build each team to meet the needs of each project; every project has different, and specialist, needs.  And every team can draw upon our global bank of expertise

Further information

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