Gas Explosion Hazards on Offshore Facilities

On August 30-31, 2010, The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, in conjunction with GexCon US, hosted the Gas Explosion Hazards on Offshore Facilities course. The 75 participants from industry and government participated in this two-day advanced course to discuss all aspects of explosion hazards: ignition processes, release and dispersion, explosion mechanisms, blast loads and modeling of all these aspects. The course culminated in a tour of TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field, including a view of numerous industrial live fire training projects being used by clients. These projects included a chemical complex; a process unit; a loading terminal; an interior structure; an LPG transport, storage & pump facility; a marine ship deck, superstructure & engine room; high angle rope, confined space & specialized rescue areas; hazardous material pipeline, transport, rail & container areas; and a tour of the Disaster City area. In addition, a live LPG liquid / vapor release & fire was conducted on Project #66, utilizing a fixed deluge system. The class was a very successful chance for industry leaders around the globe to discuss such a pertinent topic.