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Maher S.T.,Risk Management Professionals | Long G.D.,Risk Management Professionals | Cromartie R.S.,Risk Management Professionals | Sutton I.S.,Sutton Technical Books | Steinhilber M.R.,California State Lands Commission
Process Safety Progress | Year: 2013

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy and release from the Macondo Well resulted in a re-examination of the existing regulatory framework, significant modifications to the structure and function of key regulatory agencies, and the application of new safety management system (SMS) requirements to offshore facilities in United States waters. Late-2010 witnessed the evolution of both prescriptive and performance-based regulations designed to address the direct and underlying causes of this tragedy. The objective of this article is to briefly review these new regulatory requirements and illustrate how they are related to the application of other SMSs, for both offshore and onshore facilities. The common themes, objectives, and overlaps of specific onshore and offshore SMS elements was examined, and tips on how these overlaps can be used to more effectively (and sensibly) implement these programs is discussed. This article also outlined successful SMS programs that are being applied by various state agencies to onshore and offshore coastal facilities, and derived lessons-learned from these programs that may assist in the implementation of related federal programs. © 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Source


Sutton I.,Sutton Technical Books
Process Safety Progress | Year: 2013

This article describes the new offshore safety management rule that is often referred to as SEMS II. © 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Source


Sutton I.,Sutton Technical Books
12AIChE - 2012 AIChE Spring Meeting and 8th Global Congress on Process Safety, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2012

The changes in oil production and consumption in the last 5 yr were studied, and whether or not the concept of Peak Oil remains valid was examined. The concept of Energy Returned on Energy Invested was discussed. The concept of Peak Oil, as first postulated by Dr. King, remains valid and current, and the production of oil peaked in the period 2005-2011 and is now set to move down the right hand side of the Hubbert Curve. When the production of oil and has indeed passed a peak then the challenge is not to do with "instituting" energy savings; those savings are going to occur. The challenge is to determine how the process industries can restructure themselves given that the energy resources available (both as direct energy and as petrochemical feedstock) will be in decline and that there will be intense demand for those same resources from other areas of the economy. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 2012 AIChE Spring Meeting and 8th Global Congress on Process Safety (Houston, TX 4/1-5/2012). Source

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