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February 18, 2015

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New safety guidance for oil and gas industry

Lloyd’s Register has produced new guidance notes to help engineers, operators and designers to define blast and explosion loads to control and mitigate risk measures in offshore operations.

The guidance for the calculation of probabilistic explosion loads provide information on how to establish explosion loads based on probability considerations of different operating oil and gas scenarios.

To maximise safety in offshore operations, structures and equipment that could be subjected to blast pressures need to be designed for accidental blast loading. The guidance provides a range of probabilistic risk assessment techniques, which are designed to help companies predict possible explosion scenarios.

A wide variety of measures can be used by companies operating offshore to prevent, control and mitigate the effects of explosions. While the emphasis should always be on explosion prevention, the possible accumulation and ignition of a flammable hydrocarbon-air mix cannot always be eliminated.

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