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Proven technical skills combined with extensive operational experience enables us to identify and focus on the issues that are critical to assessing risks and managing major accident hazards effectively.

With these resources we have the capability to deliver robust safety conclusions in tight timescales to meet corporate, societal and regulatory expectations.

Our in-house capability addresses all technical safety issues related to oil and gas production, including wells, pipelines, process plants and refineries. We support all stages of the design process from concept selection through to detailed design and on through the life of a development.

We have extensive experience in concept ALARP reviews and safety case impacts for brownfield developments including subsea or NUI tie-backs that introduce high pressure/low pressure interfaces or new hazards. We are practiced in preparing safety cases, combined operations notifications, PWAs, MAPDs and emergency response plans.

Our key consequence model is PHAST which we use to assess the physical effects of major accident events such as un-ignited gas plumes, jet and pool fires, explosions, flash fires and toxic hazards.

Our consultants have a wealth of modelling experience in large and small scale QRAs in support of safety cases and in more detailed analysis for specific issues such as failure of Safety Critical Elements (SCEs) or management of change for brownfield sites.

We aim to breakdown and assess risks in a way that allows operators to have a clear understanding of their major accident hazards and the impact of SCEs on risk reduction. H2S management is a particular area of expertise.

We are adept at generating safety philosophies including active and passive fire protection strategies and can provide detailed fire water design based on Pipenet™ analysis. We provide hazardous area classification both with respect to flammability and H2S.

When carrying out safety studies we aim to avoid a tick box exercise and instead use the studies as opportunities to bring value to operations, engage the workforce and continually improve understanding of major accident hazards. To this end we are also able to provide training courses in all aspects of management of major accident hazards.

Key areas of activity:

  • Thorough reviews
  • Safety cases
  • MAPD/PWA
  • COMOPS notifications
  • PFEER assessment
  • Emergency response procedures
  • ALARP demonstrations
  • HAZID/HAZOP studies
  • Bow-tie analysis
  • Concept screening
  • Consequence modelling
  • Detailed QRA
  • Safety studies (SSIV)
  • Safety philosophies
  • Firewater design
  • Plant layout
  • Hazardous area classification
  • MAH management and awareness training.