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Risk Based Process Management in Oil and Gas Industry



This course presents the ideas, plans, and best practices of offshore and onshore safety engineering, and they are applicable to petroleum engineering and the industries that are close by. This reference, which is based on the strategic risk management line, arranges the steps in the practical application of risk management activities in the order of importance and priority that should be given to the themes, from the conceptual and design phase to operational and crisis management situations.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • understand how to approach and apply best practices specific to the oil and gas industry, both offshore and onshore
  • gain the knowledge needed to gain new techniques in computer simulation and human factors to apply to various sectors of the industry, including subsea and refineries

Targeted Audience

  • Marine Terminal Facility Managers and Coordinators
  • Terminal Superintendents, Supervisors, and Engineers
  • Safety and Environmental Managers, Engineers and Officers
  • Spill Management Team Members
  • Transfer Supervisors
  • Marine Shipping Coordinators
  • Dock Maintenance Planners

Course Outline

Unit 1: Fundamentals of risk management

  • principles and main concepts
  • risk management strategic line
  • basic concepts about risk, hazard, safety culture, human factors, human error
  • technical operational knowledge for preventing accidents or reducing their losses
  • emergency control
  • reduction of unpredictability

Unit 2: Technical and operational knowledge

  • Importance
  • minimum information base on upstream facilities
  • downstream facilities
  • process safety
  • operational practice
  • design routine
  • history of the oil and gas industry
  • subdivision of the production chain areas
  • types of onshore and offshore installations
  • major accidents in the oil and gas industry
  • transportation and distribution
  • loss of containment
  • combustion
  • project activities
  • operational activities

Unit 3: Hazards reduction

  • main techniques for segmentation of the hydrocarbon inventory
  • sequences of operational actions for the protection of the facilities
  • ways of disposing of hydrocarbons in emergency situations,
  • depressurization, dispersion, and controlled burning of inventories
  • the simplified operation of atmospheric vents and flare
  • sequence of automatic shutdown in emergency
  • detailing the shutdown strategy
  • effects on the safety of the operation.

Unit 4: Agents (people) evacuation

  • the importance of escape and abandonment systems for the protection of personnel
  • maintain emergencies at levels where there are no losses of people’s integrity
  • survival conditions of people in accidental scenarios in oil and gas facilities
  • the influence of human-system interaction factors during escape and abandonment operations
  • main recommendations for the effectiveness of escape and abandonment systems
  • types of rescue boats (offshore rigs) and other equipment associated with escape, abandonment and rescue operations
  • description of escape and abandonment strategies to make survival feasible
  • dimensioning of escape routes and muster stations
  • characteristic of lifeboats, life rafts, rescue boats, and rescue equipment.

Unit 5: Emergency control

  • technical description and recommendations related to the main “emergency control” systems
  • classification of areas, concepts, and phenomena related to burning and explosion
  • constructive characteristics and technology of gas and flame detectors
  • information on positioning of detectors
  • characteristics of fire-fighting water pumps
  • calculation of the demand for fire-fighting water
  • passive protection strategies
  • identification and selection of accidental scenarios
  • redundancy of safety-critical equipment
  • notions about the physical and chemical phenomena associated with the explosion

Unit 6: Reducing unpredictability

  • characteristics and applications of quantitative and qualitative risk analysis
  • preliminary risk analyses
  • preliminary hazard analysis
  • analysis of operational hazards (HAZOP)
  • consequences analysis
  • concept of full safety analysis
  • explanations and flowcharts about risk analysis tools
  • examples of risk classification matrices, differences, and characteristics of the main risk analysis tools
  • consequences such as fire propagation, gas dispersion and explosion…

Unit 7: Human–system interaction

  • technical approach to human error, human reliability, human factors, and the Rapid Entire Body Assessment
  • the differentiation between human error and human factors.
  • multidisciplinarity of the human factors theme and indicating a way of classifying human errors
  • main elements to be considered in addressing issues related to human factors
  • methodologies for analyzing human factors from the design, operation, and decommissioning of operational units

Unit 8: Risk management systems

  • concepts and benchmarks for experts to develop efficient risk management systems
  • Risk-Based Design
  • Safety Peer Review technique
  • Surveillance System
  • accident investigations, their techniques and methods
  • the influence of the corporate environment on risk management
  • the values and the general culture in which the safety culture is inserted
  • main sources of international normative references useful for professionals
  • perspectives for risk management in the challenging scenarios of the 21st century

Unit 9:

  • Revision
  • Workshop

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