Safety is the number one priority and concern onboard oil & gas installations. No other factor comes close when outlining the basic operational criteria and design principles, with the final goal of reducing as far as possible the occurrence of accidents related to operations, and to limit their consequences.
By coordinating different disciplines during the development of engineering packages, we can provide a solution where risks are identified and consequences are mitigated through passive and active means which are incorporated into the general design complementing the operational requirements.
Fire risk is one of the key hazards onboard drilling and production units, as fire can ignite even if all precautions have been taken given the potential presence of flammable products and atmosphere in numerous parts of the installation. It can also start in other areas not directly involved in operations, manned or unmanned, such as accommodation or equipment rooms.
Uncontrolled fire, and the resulting smoke, are extremely dangerous and their progression must be stopped as soon as possible in a safe, controlled manner. Design principles must emphasize the necessity of minimizing the risk so as to protect crew and critical equipment in unexpected situations.
Where the risk turns to certainty, designs must ensure that the fires are contained and promptly extinguished through the combined effect of different disciplines such as architectural (fire rating of bulkheads and decks), electrical (fire detection and alarm) and mechanical (containment of spread through fire dampers, and extinguishment through manually operated or automatic systems).
We can assist in the analysis and assessment of the potential risks, and advise on suitable solutions to reduce chances of occurrence.