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Piper Alpha - 25 years on and the lessons learnt

Date From: 09 April 2014
Location: England
Description: Evening talk for the Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group and HTS - please note this event is being held on Wednesday 9 April at Imperial College, London
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: Pipard Lecture Theatre (Sherfield Building), Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, and online
Organiser: SONG
Contact Name: Toby Chancellor-Weale
Contact Email: song@ichememember.org

This is a normal SONG evening meeting but will be held at Imperial College due to large numbers expected which cannot be accommodated at One Portland Place. Normal free attendance for SONG and HTS members. 

Please note this meeting is being held on Wednesday 9 April and not the usual Tuesday evening.


Piper Alpha - 25 years on and the lessons learnt

The Piper Alpha fixed installation platform was operated by Occidental Petroleum and began production in 1976; at its peak it was one of the largest production fields accounting for approximately 10% of North Sea production.

On the July 6 1988 a series of events would occur that would result in the tragic loss of 167 lives and wide ranging ramifications for the offshore oil and gas industry. From inherent design, permit to work, operational modifications, safety management systems, human factors and emergency response, this event forced the offshore oil and gas industry to critically reassess itself eventually culminating in the Cullen Enquiry which made over 100 recommendations for changes to North Sea Safety Procedures; most pertinent of which was the introduction of the Offshore Safety Case Regulations (1992) and transferring the responsibility of enforcing safety in the North Sea from the Department of Energy to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The presenters

RichardsonProfessor Stephen Richardson is the associate provost and professor of chemical engineering, Imperial College London, UK. He was educated at Imperial College. After working as a research assistant at Cambridge, he was appointed as a lecturer at Imperial College in 1978 and then promoted through the ranks to professor in 1994. His principal research interest is safety, specifically the depressurisation of vessels and pipelines, particularly those associated with oil and gas production, and development of the computer programme BLOWDOWN, which has since been used in the design of well over 300 installations. In 1996, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Graham Bennett is a vice president of DNV GL, with specific responsibility for business development for DNVBennett GL’s UK & Southern Africa Region. He has been employed by DNV for the last 19 years. A qualified mechanical engineer, Graham left industry 25 years ago to work within a consultancy environment, where he has been developing and applying risk management techniques for a wide range of clients in the oil and gas sector. He has been retained by both industry and regulators to provide advice on risk management in major hazard industries. He has also written and provided training courses in risk and reliability assessment and he is the author of a number of papers. Graham has led several incident investigations in the major hazard industries, and subsequently assisted the companies concerned with recovery programmes. He has also supported a number of clients in both the industrial and financial segments in purchaser and vendor due diligence reviews for mergers, acquisitions and disposals.

Members not able to attend can join the live presentation over the web.

Register at >> https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/190208888

For more information and directions >>

Please note the main entrance to the college is closed from 18:00, please enter Sherfield from Imperial College Road, parking is not available on campus.

Refreshments will be served from 17:30 for an 18:00 GMT start with networking afterwards.

SONG and HTS members do not have to register for this event. Non-SONG and non-HTS members, however, must register their attendance in advance by email to song@ichememember.org.

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