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Case Study: SIL Design

Posted by Dustin Smith, P.E. on Dec 2, 2017 6:05:00 PM
Dustin Smith, P.E.

Case_Study

The Opportunity:

As part of a relief valve study, a competing engineering firm recommended a major United States refinery to replace multiple relief valves and modify the associated piping on a column system in order to mitigate for a higher flare load. The proposed changes would have cost the refinery approximately $300,000. Unsure of the recommendations and associated expenses, the refinery reached out to Smith & Burgess to review the EPC’s findings.

Our Solution:

Smith & Burgess’ engineers were able to recommend installing a SIL 2 System to eliminate the heat source and thereby mitigating the higher flare load.

The Results:

The customer was able to reduce the higher flare load with our recommended solution which resulted in a cost saving of $250,000 and no in-field modifications.

  • Facility Type: Refinery

  • Services Provided: LOPA Review & SIL/SIS Design

  • Money Saved: Over $250,000 Dollars

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Topics: Case Study, Refinery, Pressure Relief Valves, PRV Study, Overly Conservative Assumptions, Third Party Review, SIL Design, SIS Design

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