Fire-damage assessment cuts reconstruction cost, plant downtime

Use of a structured approach to damage assessment after a major process plant fire minimized reconstruction costs and the time necessary to resume production.A recent refinery fire illustrates application of API's Recommended Practice for Fitness-For-Service (API RP 579) and additional practical principles in such an approach.This article describes the methodology used for the damage assessment by assignment of heat-exposure zones. It focuses primarily on the evaluation of pressure vessels, heat exchangers, and piping systems. A complete assessment includes a documentation package.The accompanying box highlights practical application tips useful to others faced with a similar situatio...

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