DID YOU KNOW?
The success rate of a gas detection system to detect gas releases in known incidences is only about 60%*.
The effectiveness of the safety shutdown system to mitigate risks arising out of accidental gas releases is highly dependent on the associated gas detection system's ability to reliably detect gas releases, and to detect it quickly. Modern gas detection technologies are now available to help you improve the success rate of gas detection.
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*Source: HSE UK Statistics - Offshore Hydrocarbon Releases Statistics 2000 (HSE Report # OTO 2000 112).
Choose Your Best Defense, Apply Layers of Detection with MSA
No single detection technology can mitigate completely the risks arising out of accidental gas releases.
(1) Ultrasonic Gas Leak Detector | (2) Open Path Gas Detector | (3) New Generation Point Detector | (4) Flame Detector | (5) Portable Gas Detectors
MSA has a very complete range of gas detection technologies, each well suited for detecting a different stage of gas release. This is complemented by a good range of flame detectors, gas and flame mapping tools, safety rated controllers and in-house integration capabilities. We have a very complete solution to protect customers from the risks caused by accidental gas releases.
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Risk Reduction Delivers Better Capital Resources Allocation and Better Protection
The gas and flame detection system is put in place to reduce the consequence of gas explosions and fires. Consequences could include one or more of the following:
- Capital loss due to infrastructure damage
- Serious injury or loss of life
- Production loss due to process shutdowns
- Environmental contamination
The biggest factor that limits the effectiveness of any gas detection system is Detection Coverage. If the system is unable to detect the gas (i.e. "cover"), then it would not know when to execute the needed safety actions. Detection Coverage is therefore crucial.
Challenge of Risk Reduction
Almost all gas detection technologies need the gas to 'arrive' at the detector (or detection line) in order for detection to occur. In reality, positioning gas detectors to ensure that a high likelihood of this happening is an engineering challenge, especially for outdoor process areas. Mechanical obstructions, area congestion due to equipment and piping, release mechanisms, direction of release, impingement, relative density of the released gas and wind influence, are all factors that influence the behavior of gas plumes and make detector placement a very difficult task for the engineer.
Improving Detection Effectiveness
It is common these days, to find the engineer relying on software tools (i.e. gas dispersion modelling, gas and flame mapping) to help determine detector positions by simulating the behavior of gas releases and the resulting plumes. While there has been significant advances of such tools, a good measure of design assumptions supported by engineering experience is usually still needed. What this means is, a degree of uncertainty often remains. The engineer can attempt to reduce this uncertainty by making more safety conservative assumptions. But a more conservative approach in favor of safety, may also result in a greater number of detectors (i.e. higher CAPEX) and a corresponding increase in maintenance (i.e. higher OPEX). In this era of cost cutting and restraining, this is likely to be a difficult balancing act.
An understanding of different gas detection technologies and its suitability for detecting at different stages of release can make a difference. It is possible to improve detection effectiveness without an excessive increase in detector quantity. This means CAPEX (and OPEX) can be restrained, even when a more safety conservative approach is preferred.
If you wish to speak to our specialists to understand how MSA's latest gas detection technologies can help you reduce the risks that you face each day, request for a consultation today.
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- Compressor Stations
- LNG/CNG Opportunities
- Solutions for the Natural Gas Shale Industry
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- Ultima X Chlorine Monitor Calibration
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- Gas Detection System: 0-100% v/v Methane in Landfill Recovery Gas and Waste Gas Streams
- Fixed Gas & Flame Detection for Four-Gas Wet Well Monitoring
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- Combustible Gas Detection White Paper
A guide to the characteristics of combustible gases and the applicable detection technologies used.
- Gas Detection Technologies White Paper
The ability of gas detection technologies to work together is one of the benefits of a new outlook in fixed gas detection systems addressed here.
- Hydrogen Gas Detection White Paper
White paper expands on various gas detection technologies used to prevent hydrogen (H2) gas leaks and hazards in the Oil & Gas industry.
- IR Gas Detection Technology White Paper
We discuss the infrared sensing technologies for both point and and open-path infrared detection methods.
- IR vs Catalytic Bead Technology White Paper
We present when it's better to use Infrared Gas Detectors for combustible gas monitoring rather than Catalytic Bead Gas Detectors.
- MC600 Multi-Channel Controller White Paper
Characterizing a multi-channel controller for hydrocarbon, H2S and Toxic gas detection and monitoring.
- Neural Network Technology for Flame Detection White Paper
A detailed look into the breakthrough neural network technology used for improving false alarm immunity in flame detection.
- Flame Detector Technologies White Paper
Paper examines the various flame detection technologies available today and factors to consider when selecting a flame detector.
- SIL 101 - How Safe Do I Need To Be
The global importance of SIL (Safety Integrity Levels) has grown substantially in the oil/gas, petrochemical and other process industries over the last 10 years.
- Combustible Gas Detector Sensor Drift: Catalytic vs. Infrared
- Ultima OPIR-5 Open Path Gas Detector: Minimum Separation Distances
- Ultrasound: Protecting the Environment
- Photoacoustic Infrared Technology for Detetion of Refrigerant Gases
- FlameGard 5 MSIR Flame Detector
2016-2017 Gas Detection Seminars
Mitigating risks from gas releases with CAPEX and OPEX considerations
The effectiveness of the gas detection system to reliably detect unintentional gas releases quickly is crucial for the mitigation of flammable gas explosion risks or toxic gas poisoning risks. The selection of detection methods and strategic siting of detectors are critical engineering decisions that impact system effectiveness. Since such decisions have CAPEX and OPEX implications, asset owners would benefit by applying newer detection technologies, that are not only more effective but offer also significant cost savings over time.
2017-2018 Gas Detection Seminars
Practicable approaches to mitigate risks from flammable and toxic gas releases... with CAPEX and OPEX considerations
The ability of the gas detection system to detect gas releases reliably and quiickly is crutial for the mitigation of flammable gas explosion risks or toxic gas poisoning risks. Deciding detector placements for good detection coverage that will ensure fast alarming of gas releases is therefore a critical task for the gas detection system engineer. This task is significantly more difficult when the area to be monitored is an open space that is subjected to changes of wind speed and direction. Having to balance between risk mitigation and cost considerations further complicates this task.
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|Feb 14, 2017||Bangkok, Thailand||PTTEP, Chevron, Coastal Energy, Technip Engineering, IQS, Pol Dhanya||Closed|
|Feb 16, 2017||Pattaya, Thailand||Thai Oil||Closed|
|Mar 7, 2017||Kerteh, Malaysia||Petronas, Armada Engineering||Closed|
|Mar 9, 2017||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Petronas, AMEC, Akers, DialogAsia, Technip, SBM, Petrofac, Repsol||Closed|
|May 16 - 18, 2017||Singapore||MSA Associates & Technical Partners||Closed|
|May 11, 2017||Singapore||Ministry of Manpower||Closed|
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