Storage – reducing fire risk

Since the incident at Buncefield in December 2005 changes have been made in the regulatory approach to fire precautions at such installations.  The EI Model Code of Safe Practice Part 19: Fire precautions at petroleum refineries and bulk storage installations provides updated guidance

Since the incident at Buncefield in December 2005 changes have been made in the regulatory approach to fire precautions at such installations. The EI Model Code of Safe Practice Part 19: Fire precautions at petroleum refineries and bulk storage installations provides updated guidance

The Energy Institute (EI) has updated its guidance on fire precautions measures to reduce the risk from fires at installations that process and store crude oil, petroleum, intermediates and refined products

The updated EI Model Code of Safe Practice Part 19: Fire precautions at petroleum refineries and bulk storage installations covers prevention through to detection, protection systems and mitigation measures and looks at selecting, implementing and monitoring the continuing performance of installation-specific justified risk reduction measures.

It supersedes the second edition which was being finalised at the time of the Buncefield bulk storage installation major accident in December 2005.  Since then there have been changes in the regulatory approach to fire precautions at such installations, encompassing fire prevention measures, incident detection techniques, fire-fighting and response and emergency planning requirements.  Among others, there have also been major changes in Part 19 to:

Enhance guidance on consideration of environmental impacts of fire-fighting and the need for environmental risk assessment

Provide guidance on fire response for ethanol and related polar substance handling/storage.

Include guidance on potential scenarios, the role of congestion, incident consequences and examples of substances with a propensity to form large flammable vapour clouds.

Clarify basis for determining whether scenarios are credible by referencing their likelihood to risk   tolerability criteria.

Provide guidance on passive fire protection (PFP) maintenance, fire water systems and detection systems.

Provide guidance on vulnerability and siting of critical equipment and resources.

The guidance in this publication should assist process safety engineers/advisors, designers, emergency planners or others with responsibility for fire and explosion hazard management to meet the requirements of the European Seveso II Directive.

The EI Model Code of Safe Practice Part 19: Fire precautions at petroleum refineries and bulk storage installations can be ordered at www.energypublishing.org

ISBN: 978 0 85293 634 4

Price: £165.00

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