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A gas scrubber on an oilrig discharged gas periodically such that an accumulation of hydrocarbon gas nearby had occurred. A contractor welder was dispatched to a job immediately adjacent to the area and it being a shift change and personnel unavailable temporarily, the welder decided to commence welding. As a consequence, an incident occurred. Describe briefly:
(i) what you imagine was the incident including any hazards existing prior to or during the incident
(ii) the consequences of the incident on personnel, equipment or process
(iii) emergency procedures put into practice during and immediately after the incident
(iv) indications of possible cause(s) of the incident (include any breaches of safety procedures (permits to work, etc.) statutory systems, codes of practice and company safety rules that led to the incident and any other causes or contributing circumstances
(v) recommendations/suggestions that would reduce the possibility of a repetition of the incident
Question2
(a) Distinguish between a Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP) and Hazard Analysis (HAZAN).
(b) Explain briefly the quantities shown in the equations used for hazard analysis H = D . fdt = D × 1/2F . T (if F . T << 1).
(c) State the units of H and D and hence determine the units of fdt if any.
(d) FIGURE 1 shows an external intermediate vessel which receives a continuous mixture of hydrocarbon liquid and small variable amounts of water. The water must be separated by settlement into the sump to prevent contamination of a later hydrocarbon processing stage. The sump should be drained every 4 hours by an operator. The operation is facilitated by a sight glass and high level alarm. Under normal conditions the sump would fill in approximately 10 hours. Carry out a hazard and operability study (HAZOP) on the sump and drain line for deviation of ‘No Flow’ and ‘More Flow’ of water, listing possible causes, consequences and recommendations to avoid future deviations.
Question 3
FIGURE 2 shows an improved arrangement for separating water from the hydrocarbon liquid for the process in question 2.
Two simple level control loops, LC, have been added to regulate flow control valves on a pumped system.  Extra protection is also provided in the form of high level alarms, LA, one to each side of a baffle plate fitted in the tank.It has been determined that estimating the probable frequency of hydrocarbon passing to the water drain will permit judgement as to whether this would be an acceptable risk.
FIGURE 3 is the cause tree for this TOP event, showing the conventional ‘AND’ and ‘OR’ gates together with typical fail-to-danger fault frequencies for the control and alarm equipment, including estimates forelectricity and instrument air failure.  Also shown are probabilities (3%) for operator failure to respond to the alarm system which is rated at 97% reliable.
(a) Complete the conversion of this cause tree into a FAULT tree, allowing for testing the alarm system once per week.  (Use the simple fractional dead time formula.)
(b) State which pieces of equipment have the greatest effect on the top event frequency.
(c) If the reliability of the level detector and controller can be improved from a fault frequency of 2.36 and 1.64 respectively to 0.5 per year, determine the new top event frequency
Question4
A fire water system on an oil rig is supplied by an electric motor driving a mechanical pump.  A fire detection system is installed that normally starts the motor automatically but which can be set to manual override.  The electric motor is normally supplied by the mains power source but it does have a standby generator for emergencies.
(a) State as a consequence of failure of the pump or motor or detection ystem, the top event.  (It may assist you by referring to FIGURE 4.)
(b) Complete the table for the cases of deviation/failure shown, that is:
(i) pump failure
(ii) motor failure to start
(iii) fire detection system failure
(iv) motor power supply failure
arising from any associated equipment failures or events that would cause th

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