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Topic 34: Can the application of Redundancy Increase Safety and Reliability in the oil and gas industry?

A system with a single point of failure is usually made more reliable by the concept of redundancy. Redundant members are added in structural members to reduce the likelihood of failure.

This has an effect in increasing the safety, functionality and reliability of the structure. Redundancy in Engineering is the duplication of critical components or functions of a system with the intention of increasing reliability of the system, usually in the case of a backup or fail-safe. This is highly applicable in many critical systems.

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Topic 33: Discuss the future of Biomass as an Alternative Source of Energy- Risk and Challenges

Biomass is currently one of the latest sources of renewable energy. Biomass consists of plant matter that is specifically grown for its ability to generate heat or electricity. Mostly this would mean that Biomass consists of dead plant matter, but plants that are still alive can also generate heat and are therefore also included in the term Biomass.

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Topic 32: Decommissioning of aged Platforms and Pipelines in the North Sea - Risks and Challenges

The North Sea’s aged offshore oil and gas platforms and pipelines is
approaching a new phase in its operations during which it will be necessary to
decommission some of them, many of which have been producing oil
and gas for over 30 years.

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Topic 31: Prescriptive case, Safety case and the future of Legislation

Like we have established, health, safety and environmental legislation regimes have always been as a result of major accidents. The only time there is the need for new legislation is when there is a major accident. this is rather a faulty pivot for legislation formation because there is no single accident sequence that would ever repeat itself in thesame way. Why is it not possible to achieve a more robust model.

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Experience vs. Risk Percieved

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Topic 30: Extending the life of pipeline in the North Sea what are the Safety & Risk challenges

The North Sea is experiencing another wave of technological advancement in the process of extending the life span of Existing pipelines.

A lot of the Pipelines in the North sea have reached or are close to the end of their design life and as usual the business minds who own these assets are taking steps to extend the life of the pipelines instead of just decommisioning, their argument is mainly economic i.e. the CAPEX involved. 

Is this not a potential disaster in the making. Can we properly extend the lives of pipelines and still optimize the safety case

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Topic 27: Geothermal Energy a clean, safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable energy source

( This is a very clean, environmentally friendly and sustainable energy source. It is the heat from the earth crust. The heart of the earth is about 12000 degrees farenheit. Geothermal systems tap into this inexhaustive though not generally available energy source. Example is  Reykjavik the capital of Iceland which islocated near hot springs.

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Topic 25: The constant struggle between HSE legislation and human stupidity

I feel that, even though health and safety regulations are
continually becoming more and more advanced, and the legislation develops after
most major incidents, a major factor aiding incidents occurring is the involvement
of humans. I understand that this sounds blatantly obvious (I mean, If humans
weren’t involved, there wouldn’t be any equipment etc. to cause a risk), but I’m
talking more about the risk due to the lack of common sense, or, more bluntly,
human stupidity. Whilst working for an valve maintenance firm,  I once saw a >3m long actuator suspended
from a crane around 2m off the ground with a valve technician standing on top
of it, adjusting part of the lifting mechanism it was suspended from.

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Topic 24: Safety in Hydropower

The biggest disaster in terms of fatalities in the energy industry was the 1975 Banqiao Dam failure in China which killed over 170,000 people. However this is not the only hydroelectric dam failure which has cause loss of life and major damage in the surrounding area. The accidents in this sector are rare but when something does go wrong then the consequences are usually fatal. Planners need to take a lot of geological and environmental issues into account when they plan building new hydroelectric plants but sometimes the events can’t be predicted.

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Topic 23: Implication of the offshore industry toward "zero harmful discharge"

Current situation in the North Sea, impacts of dissolved subtances to the environment, new legislation and how the industry will be prepare to the new challenge. What is the current situation in your own country?

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In the age at which we live, no doubt energy controls the world. Loads of effort and assistance has gone into the development of technologies to meet the world's demand for energy and in the light of this we should ask ourselves this question "Is this uprise going to compromise the safety standards on ground?". Man all through history has been known to always find a way at all cost to solve problems even though most point to economical reasons.

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April, 1947, remains a day that can never be forgotten easily in the history of
the United States. When a French cargo (SS Grand camp) that was loaded with
2300 tons of Ammonium Nitrate and ammunition exploded shortly after the engine
room was gut by fire.

explosion climaxed and 14 hours later exploded the second ship (SS High Flyer, heavily loaded with
Ammonium Nitrate) that was anchored adjacent the SS Grand Camp. The chain

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Topic 17: Should Arctic drilling activities be halted until the Safety and Technology are improved?

Arctic drilling has
been happening since the 1920s, but it become much more contentious as BP’s
Deepwater Horizon spill in the GOM dominates the headlines while firms were
scrambling to expand production in the far North.

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Topic 15: Carbon emissions trading: How viable?

In order to control the emission of greenhouse gases, a number of initiatives have been brought up internationally. One of these is carbon trading in its various dimensions. This blog is to discuss the insights and issued associated with this initiative.

Posts along this line are welcome

Samuel Bamkefa

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Topic 14: Discuss safety in biofuels

One of the renewable sources of energy that has gotten attention and is developing is bio-energy. It is obtained from biomass, which is an organic material that has stored chemical energy.

But, is the harnessing and use of biofuels completely safe? Are there issues that should be of concern?

Posts giving insight into safety issues in the use of biofuels are welcome

Samuel Bamkefa

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Topic 10: ONGC Mumbai High Accident (July 27, 2005 @ West Coast of India)

Mumbai High Fire

The Mumbai High Field was discovered in 1974 and is located in the Arabian Sea. The field is divided into two blocks, North and South. It had the capacity of 180,000 barresls per day. It is operated by state owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), and is protected by one private company and Indian Navy.  


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