Risk Assessments of Refinery Units Case Study


The Challenge

A large Canadian refinery was performing risk assessments to identify personnel, environmental, and operational hazards in order to satisfy legal and business requirements. This work was being done on a planned schedule, with each unit being reviewed annually. The challenge was to use Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) methodologies that provided an effective analysis appropriate to the particular unit to be studied and the potential hazards.

Our Approach

To quickly identify any compliance gaps and conduct risk analysis for each unit, our team used Process Safety Office® PHAGlobal® software. A top down fault tree analysis was used for the risk assessment of the refinery’s cooling water systems and acid gas/sulfur recovery systems. The PHA of the hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation unit was completed in accordance with RP751, as recommended by the American Petroleum Institute (API), which required the use of the HAZOP methodology. This was followed by consequence analysis of the identified high-risk release scenarios, using our software Process Safety Office® SuperChems™. For other refinery units such as the crude tower, hydrocracker, and BTX unit, a combination of the HAZOP and What-if/Checklist methodologies was utilized. 

The Benefits

The ioMosaic team met the refinery's risk management goals by delivering a quality risk assessment. The team were able to adapt the PHA to each particular unit's requirements by using our hazard analysis software and save costs. This approach has made it far simpler for the refinery to revalidate in the future.

Learn More

Our mission is to help you protect your people, your plant, your stakeholder value and our planet. To learn more about how we can help you manage risk, call us at 1.844.ioMosaic.