May 2014, Vol. 241, No. 5

Features

Strategic Considerations In Performing Pipeline Hazard Analyses

The term “hazard analyses” is intended to cover a number of team-based assessment methodologies, including hazard identification (HAZID), hazard and operability (HAZOP), “what-ifs” and checklists. The collective intent of these methodologies is to minimize risk to acceptable or “practicable,” levels. Unlike chemical plants or refineries, which are in specific locales, pipelines traverse long distances and pass through numerous jurisdictions and different communities. Typically, pipeline projects involve pump or compressor stations, power-generation units, gas-liquid separation units, drying and treatment facilities, safety and control system

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