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ABB highly commended in joint award for work on decommissioning of oil and gas facilities 10 November 2017

ABB was Highly Commended in the Team Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2017 for its work leading the Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop safety case guidance and technology solutions for end of life and decommissioning of offshore facilities....

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New ABB handbook helps make industrial temperature measurement easy 17 October 2017

ABB has released a new in-depth handbook explaining how to maximise temperature measurement accuracy in industrial applications. Titled ‘Industrial temperature measurement: Basics and practice’, the handbook provides a detailed explanation of the key areas that users need to consider when implementing and operating temperature measurement technology. ...

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Barrier Management in the process industries 21 November 2016

The process industries operate with inventories of materials which are often large as well as flammable or toxic; furthermore operation at high temperature and pressure is common. ABB consultant John Martin highlights the importance of identifying how hazards may lead to harm and ensuring barriers are in place to prevent realisation of the hazard and mitigate the consequences....

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What constitutes good operation and maintenance of a SIS? 20 September 2016

Are your operations and maintenance requirements correctly balancing the need for profitability with good safety? Effective SIS inspection and proof testing should confirm the correct operation of the sensing element(s) through the logic solver to the actuating devices. Where applicable, safety instrumented function (SIF) testing should also consider the logical voted paths between the various safety elements of the SIF to ensure all channels are tested.

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Why do you need a compliant Functional Safety Management System? 13 September 2016

Does your existing Functional Safety Management System meet with the requirements of industry good practice or are there any gaps? Recent high profile incidents and accidents have highlighted the need to ensure that installed layers of protection on hazardous installations meet required reliability and safety integrity requirements. This means operators linking hazard analysis with credible layers of protection, including safety instrumented systems....

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Integrated and safe operations in the offshore oil & gas industry 21 July 2015

A spokesman from ExxonMobil has said: “All the easy oil and gas in the world has pretty much been found. Now comes the harder work in finding and producing oil from more challenging environments and work areas.” Luis Duran of ABB in Houston, Texas, looks at how Integrated Operations can provide enhanced safety on the larger offshore platforms and facilities that are an increasing presence in the increasingly remote fields and basins now being bro...

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Improving environmental safety through responsible monitoring 14 August 2014

The escape of chemical pollutants into the environment either by air or water can pose a major environmental risk, not just on an industrial site but also to the surrounding area. For this reason, sites need to be carefully monitored so that emissions are accurately measured not only at known points of discharge, such as stacks and drainpipes, but also any other areas where there is a possibility of leakage. This article from ABB looks at some of the issues that need to be considered....

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Cable management and electrical safety for the oil & gas industry 29 August 2013

Thomas & Betts, a group member of ABB, will have a major presence at the forthcoming SPE Offshore Europe 2013, Aberdeen.  The extensive range of exhibits highlights the breadth of hazardous area solutions available from the company, including electrical conduit systems and cable glands, lighting and enclosures, cable trays and surge protection equipment. ...

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ABB wins marine order worth over $40 million in Finland 19 July 2011

ABB has won an order worth more than $40 million to provide complete energy-efficient power and propulsion systems for two new icebreaking vessels to be built by the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard in Finland. The order was booked during the first quarter of 2011....

Perception and reality – safety standards can deliver both 23 May 2011

A string of high profile incidents have left oil and gas companies under more scrutiny than ever when it comes to safety. Not only must companies operate safely but they must be seen to do so, which makes meeting agreed industry standards imperative, argues Stuart Nunns, manager of safety critical consultancy for ABB and Trevor Dunger, ABB’s pressure and level specialist....

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