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Senscient paper at the 2014 International Symposium of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center

Senscient will be presenting at the 2014 International Symposium of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center.  Rajat Barua, CEO of Senscient, will be joined by Are Bratteteig of Gexcon, Edward Sharpe and Zona Bath of Suncor Energy to present a paper entitled, “Case Study: Laser-based gas detection technology and dispersion modeling used to eliminate false alarms and improve safety performance on Terra Nova FPSO."  The paper, which was a joint collaboration between the three companies, Senscient, GexCon and Suncor, will be presented on October 29 at 9:30am.

Suncor Energy is the operator of the Terra Nova FPSO, which is located in the Grand Banks, off the East Coast of Canada.  In 2010, a multi-disciplinary team was assembled to assess and upgrade the overall gas detection system on the FPSO.  The team involved personnel from safety, risk analysis, operations, instrumentation and controls engineering.  A detailed analysis of the facility, based on computational fluid dynamics modeling, was performed by GexCon.  In aggregate, more than 1,400 gas leak scenarios were simulated and used in the evaluation, detector selection process, optimization and overall design of the upgrade to the gas detection system.  Senscient’s laser-based technology was selected to replace infrared gas detection technology after extensive testing in both onshore and offshore environments.  By combining a quantitative gas dispersion study with the implementation of new technology, the Terra Nova FPSO was able to achieve:

  1. An elimination of false alarms
  2. An increase in gas leak detection coverage
  3. Earlier warning for preventative and remedial action
  4. A reduction in maintenance requirement  
  5. A reduction in the exposure of operations personnel to hazardous locations and gases    
  6. An improvement in the reliability and robustness of the FPSO’s overall gas detection system.

This paper describes the methodology that was applied and presents an overview of the results

Senscient is also an exhibitor at the Symposium, of which the theme is ‘Beyond Regulatory Compliance ­ Making Safety Second Nature’.  The event is an important forum where industry, academia, government agencies and other stakeholders come together to discuss critical issues and research in process safety. Experts from across the globe will gather to share the latest information on the most significant topics aimed at making the process industry a safer place.  It takes place October 28 to 30, 2014 at the Hilton Conference Center in College Station, Texas.

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