Q: Why does the refining industry keep experiencing significant failures from damage mechanisms that have been known for decades?
A: The plant people who need to know about these damage mechanisms and how to avoid, control, and inspect for them have not had the adequate training or the knowledge transfer required to understand the lessons learned in the past.
Q: My site has a robust inspection program. We follow the API inspection code requirements. Why are we still having leaks?
A: Analysis of many fixed equipment failures has shown that prolonged operation outside of recommended ranges is a key root cause.
Operation within IOW limits is intended to result in predictable and reasonably low rates of equipment degradation.
IOWs ensure good communication of equipment limits and exceedances between key Process, Operations, and Mechanical Integrity personnel such that equipment can be safely managed and operated without loss of containment.
A CCD with IOWs is a proactive tool that can support and improve plant organizations:
Operations practices to avoid/minimize damage during:
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