Assuring that existing installations, particularly mature installations, are fit for purpose continues to be a focus for industry. Structures, plant, equipment or systems, which could either cause, or contribute to, a major accident, need to be effectively managed in order to prevent or limit the effects of failure.
The EI produces publications that support the aims to encourage good practice in integrity management, continuous improvement and minimise the potential for accidents.
Airlines expect to welcome circa 3.6 billion passengers in 2016 (source: IATA). The provision of fuel for these flights forms a significant part of the downstream business for many oil companies, into-plane agents and airlines.
Our publications are produced to assist in the reliable and safe provision of jet fuel to commercial aircrafts. Due to the international nature of the aviation refuelling business, the EI's aviation publications have global implications and worldwide input.
Electrical issues affect all aspects of upstream and downstream petroleum industry operations, including: the classification of hazardous areas; selection and inspection of electrical and electro-mechanical equipment; the control of potential hazards due to static electric discharge; the assessment of electrical supply protection, etc.
Our electrical safety publications are produced to enhance the competence of electrical practitioners working on petroleum installations.
Managing energy use effectively is a key step towards meeting the world’s growing energy needs whilst mitigating the negative effects of climate change. Energy management is an essential strategy for every organisation that seeks to minimise its exposure to energy risks and reduce its carbon footprint and resource use. The publications listed below address concepts and strategies related to effective energy management.
We have all grown accustomed to the benefits brought about by accessing and using energy sources; however, through the exploitation of raw materials, production/generation and consumption of these energy sources there is potential to have an adverse impact on the environment.
The publications below are designed to address environmental issues pertinent to the industry and promote good environmental practice.
Fuel quality and control
The EI is seen as a world class leader in test method development, developing and publishing international standard test methods (known as IP Test Methods) for petroleum and related products. These are used to support government regulations, custody transfer, quality control and international petroleum product specifications globally. Covering fuel, lubricants, bitumen and crude oil testing and analysis, these standards are referenced by regulatory authorities and in various MoD product quality control specifications.
Hazardous area classification
Hazardous area classification is used to identify areas where special precautions over sources of ignition are needed to prevent fires and explosions and where they are not. The EI produces internationally recognised guidance for providing methodologies for hazardous area classification around equipment storing or handling flammable fluids in the drilling, production, processing, distribution and retail sectors.
Human and organisational factors
Human and organisational factors can impact on occupational and process safety performance. The area is attracting increasing interest as it offers the possibility for delivering the next step change in improved safety performance. The EI provides resources such as training and human factors tools, many of which are freely available. Current and recent issues covered include:
At various stages during the extraction, transportation, refining, storage and distribution of petroleum and its products, there are requirements to measure its quantity and quality for allocation, custody transfer and fiscal purposes, as well as for stock control and loss prevention. To enable the oil industry and regulators to carry out such measurements in a standardised manner, the EI develops and issues guidance documents that reflect current industry good practice.
Petroleum product storage and distribution
It can be a significant technical and logistical challenge to ensure that the large range of petroleum products, on which society depends, get to the right place at the right time, whilst meeting all appropriate health, safety and environmental protection requirements.
The EI continually develops technical guidance for issues involved in the supply of fuels to customers that aims to continually improve the safety performance of petroleum industry distribution and marketing operations, and contribute to the responsible and sustainable operation of the industry.
The manufacture, handling and use of dangerous substances are major hazards – not only to workers but also to members of the public nearby, assets and the environment. Our process safety guidance documents consider these major hazards and assess how to control them; in particular, by containing dangerous substances and pressurised systems and keeping them under control. These publications are intended to contribute to effective process safety management across the entire industry.
The EI has developed a number of publications relating to renewable fuels and renewable power generation.
We have taken a leading role in researching the impacts that biofuels may have in the distribution chain, with the development of applicable guidance for distribution and marketing operations, environmental analysis and assessing microbial growth.
Furthermore, the EI and the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9) are working in partnership to develop a programme of good practice guidance on health and safety issues in the offshore wind sector.