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Subsea Long step outLong step-out systems for subsea pump and compressor applications

Subsea processing, and gas compression in particular, are important advances in the development of fields in deep waters and harsh environments. This white paper explains the principles of applying a long step-out system to subsea pumping and compression applications. It discusses the features and the benefits of the system when applied to new (greenfield) and existing (brownfield) sites. While this paper is targeted primarily at engineering and design staff in oil and gas companies and EPCs, it is also relevant to all buyers and influencers. The aim is to stimulate discussions about future sites that can benefit from this technology.

The white paper discusses the many benefits of long step-out systems including cost efficiency, increased production and flow assurance, minimized risk and environmental impact and extended capacity and lifespan of oil and gas fields.

The full white paper can be accessed via the download button on the right.

Avoiding the ‘watermelon’ effect

Avoiding the watermelon effect

Are we doing enough in the process industry to prevent the next major accident?

Developing a ‘chronic sense of unease’ towards major accidents is seen as a vital step for companies with hazardous facilities to reach the levels of performance being achieved in truly high reliability organisations. Major accidents at Texas City and Buncefield in 2005 marked a watershed for the global process industry and led to general agreement that senior leadership is vital in developing an effective process safety culture. Fast forward over a decade however and evidence suggests that large losses are still happening at a consistently high rate across the global process industry.

In this white paper ABB Consulting presents the findings from analysis of feedback and data from senior process safety professionals. It introduces the concept of the ‘watermelon’ effect, where metrics appear ‘green’ suggesting that everything is under control, and yet digging below the surface reveals signs of ‘red’ indicating ill-health in the arrangements to prevent major accidents. It also investigates what improved metrics are needed to avoid the ‘watermelon’ effect to ensure senior management receives accurate information on the state of risk controls in the business.

The full white paper can be accessed via the download button on the right.


Next Level oil, gas and chemicals

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Next level oil, gas and chemicals: Harnessing the power of digitalization to thrive in challenging and uncertain times

This new white paper explores how existing market dynamics and challenges are forcing a massive change in the oil, gas and chemical (OGC) industries' approach to technology. Quoting from a range of independent sources, this paper argues that the current downturn is not purely a cyclical dip but rather a forewarning of a new status quo to which industry players must adapt, if they are to survive now and longer term. 

ABB identifies four imperatives which OGC executives are encouraged to embrace in order to optimize performance in these unprecedented times and ensure long-term viability:

  • Deploying enterprise-wide digitalization and connectivity
  • Bringing together information and operational technologies
  • Pursuing simplification and standardization wherever feasible
  • Having CEO leadership and sponsorship of a digitally-focused approach

Read this paper to learn about the implications for each segment -- upstream, midstream and downstream -- and see a roadmap for creating a fully digitalized hydrocarbon value chain for both greenfield and brownfield situations. In addition, you'll find case studies which demonstrate the recommendations in practice. 

The full white paper can be accessed via download button on the right.

The silo factor

the-silo-factor

New study identifies silo working within process industries.

ABB white paper raises concerns over organizational silos increasing the risk of Major Accident Hazards (MAHs).

ABB’s global engineering and consultancy group, today launched a new white paper which raises concerns of an increased risk of MAHs due to significant levels of silo working in the process industries. 

The ‘silo factor’ was the key theme identified in a new study based on 500 recommendations from 16 in-depth process safety risk assessments carried out by ABB in recent years.

According to the white paper, process safety performance within the high hazard industry is being threatened by the silo factor - an inability within process safety management circles to collaborate and be consistent across all departments in an organization.

ABB has identified five common areas of weakness within Process Safety Management (PSM), all in some way a result of silo approaches to PSM:

  1. Inadequate testing of safeguards
  2. Inadequate Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) records
  3. Inadequate safeguards in place when compared to the risk reduction claimed as part of process safety risk assessments
  4. Poor understanding of the worst case major accident hazard scenarios on site
  5. Lack of clarity about the basis of safe operation and a lack of alignment between emergency response plans and the PHA

The full white paper can be accessed via the download button on the right.


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