PROCESS SAFETY—1: Gas conditioning failures show need for design scrutiny

Brian Pack BP America Production Co. Houston Aubry Shackelford Inglenook Engineering Inc. Sugar Land, Tex. Based on a presentation to the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, Feb. 24-27, 2013, Norman, Okla. Review of certain oil and gas operations offers lessons on process safety to designers of gas conditioning. Those operations include upstream NGL processing, onshore gas conditioning—such as glycol dehydration and amine sweetening, and dewpoint process plants, instead of booster compressor stations, offshore production platforms, and floating production, storage, and offloading vessels. Part 1 of this two-part series presents four process safety examples of possible inadequate...

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