Oil refineries, processing plants, pipelines, storage farms, LPG/LNG plants, and offshore platforms all utilize or produce a wide range of hazardous combustible and toxic gases. In addition, the processes involved in each can produce non-toxic gases which, when accumulated in high concentrations, depletes oxygen causing a hazardous condition to personnel who occupy the area without proper protection.
Where hazardous conditions are the greatest, it is essential to have monitoring system that constantly monitor a facility's
conditions even if personnel are not present. Hand-held/personal monitors don't have the ability to detect concentrations
of combustible gases in unoccupied areas that are hazardous to equipment, personnel, and the facilities themselves. Depletion of
oxygen is hazardous to individuals entering any unoccupied areas, whereas any amount of toxic gases can have serious health implications (even death) for any personnel entering an unoccupied area where they are present.
Monitoring for hazardous gases in the Oil and Gas Industry can be broken down into the following categories:
COMPRESSORS AND PUMPS
i. Wells and Remote Wells
iv. Processing Plants
v. Storage Farms
vi. Loading Stations
i. Offshore Oil Rigs
ii. Floating Production Storage and Off-loading (FPSO)
All of the facilities/processes in these categories contain unique monitoring needs, select an application and the content will appear below.