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Hi,
I have not come across a 'definition' as such, but would not any system or equipment whose failure can cause significant environmental damage qualify as ECE?
If a gas compressor trips and that results in venting hydrocarbons to the atmosphere, or an oil catcher releases oil into a river or the sea, a benzene pump, chlorine or ammonia compressor seal leaks, they qould also qualify as ECE, I guess.
But why are you after this info? After all, any failure that poses a risk needs maintenance action. Some risks relate to Safety, Health or the Environment, others to Production Loss or Asset damage. If these risks are not tolerable, we need suitable action.
RM
Josh,
In the UK Offshore O&G sector, we monitor clearly defined Safety Critical Systems, which need a much higher level of attention and control than the others. These cover Health, Safety and the Environment. They include systems such as Power Generation, HVAC, Evacuation (of people),Fire & Gas Detection etc. Their KPIs, e.g. for Maintenance Work Order Compliance, are set at higher levels than other non-SCE Work Orders.
RM
All,
To put this in context. Within the UK there are various regulators that act on behalf of the govermemnt to ensure that due diligence, prudent operatorship etc are being carried out. For SCE equipment the operator must ensure and be able to demonstrate that equipment used to detect, prevent or mitigate against major accidents and hazards is reliable, operates and is maintained to the required perfromance standards. The environmental regulator is now taking a similar approach in that any equipment that should it functionally fail may lead to an envirnomental incident. Within my company I intend to flag all items within asset registers that are safety, production and environemntally critical. A secondary hierarchy if you wish. The key point is the determination of this equipment. Iposed the question orignally to see if there wasa description already out there.
RM
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Originally posted by Josh:
R u a student or working now?

Anyway, some process systems in oil & gas platforms or plants are designated as safety-critical systems because these systems offer some protective functions.

If u serach internet, u will get more detailed answers.


Hi Josh. Thank you for your help. I am working now, although I am no expert in this field, so I am technically a student, as I am learning!

Chris
RM
I tought safety-critical systems would be listed in UKOOA manual or booklet for the oil & gas industry. Can search for this internet.

The UKOOA manual would also list all critical maintenance activties or modification works or temporary repairs which need to be tracked.

If anyone can get hold on Shell DEP standards especially on process system and equipment tagging codification, I thought the safety or environment critical items can be easily identified.
RM

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