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Senscient wins IChemE Process Safety Award

2015 IChemE Process Safety Award

Senscient received the Process Safety Award from the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), which represents more than 42,000 chemical engineers worldwide.  The award was presented at the 2015 IChemE Global Awards held in Birmingham, UK, on 5 November 2015.  The IChemE Global Awards, held in partnership with Aramco, celebrate and recognize excellence in chemical engineering worldwide.  This year’s event was hosted by BBC business journalist, Steph McGovern.

Senscient, GexCon and Suncor Energy were the winning entry in the Process Safety Award category for their collaboration on an offshore project in Canada. The entry was titled, Laser-based sensor technology improves process safety.

Summary of winning entry: The Terra Nova facility faced two major challenges – during adverse weather, gas detection sensors were triggering false alarms, and the reservoir was beginning to produce toxic H2S.  A multi-disciplinary team from Canada, Norway, the UK and the US implemented new technology which improved safety, reduced maintenance requirements, and eliminated downtime from false alarms.

About Terra Nova

Terra Nova is the second largest offshore oilfield in Canada, with recoverable reserves of 419 million barrels.  Production from the field began in 2002, the first development in North America to use FPSO technology.  The owners are: Suncor (38%), ExxonMobil (19%), Statoil (15%), Husky (13%), Murphy (10%), Mosbacher (4%), and Chevron (1%). 

About IChemE

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organization for people with relevant experience or an interest in chemical engineering. With a growing global membership of over 42,000, the Institution is at the heart of the process community, promoting competence and a commitment to best practice, advancing the discipline for the benefit of society, encouraging young people in science and engineering and supporting the professional development of its members. IChemE is the only organization to award Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer status.

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