Oil & Gas

For more than 40 years, Gexcon has performed safety assessments, fire and explosion testing, extensive research projects and accident investigations on behalf of the oil and gas sector. We have delivered a wide variety of safety-related services not only to customers who come from the upstream industry but also from midstream and downstream. We have assisted many operators, engineering contractors, engineering consultancy and equipment manufacturers, both offshore and onshore.

 

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Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

Most industries work with potentially hazardous materials, either they are in the form of gases, liquids, or dust. Knowing how these materials are potentially harmful, it is an obligation for companies working with such materials to identify and evaluate the dangers involved.

Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

While the primary focus of any process safety plan should be to drive the risk to a level which is ‘As Low As Reasonably Practicable’ (ALARP) to protect people, the environment and business there are several regulatory requirements that must also be met to drive continual improvement.

Incident Investigation

Incident Investigation

Over the last 40 years, Gexcon has been involved in the investigation of many high-profile accidents such as Buncefield, Piper Alpha, TWA 800, and the P-36 platform (Brazil). Leaders in the oil and gas industry and safety engineers at major hazard facilities have consistently sought the services of Gexcon to provide them with the expertise to assist in incident investigations.

Modelling Studies

Modelling Studies

Companies handling flammable and/or toxic materials are exposed to hazards during storage, transporting, and processing. As such, it is crucial to understand the consequences of a potential loss of containment of a hazardous event when performing a risk assessment.

Process Safety & Risk Management

Process Safety & Risk Management

Facilities, where complex industrial processes or hazardous materials such as flammable dust, gases, or liquids are involved, are always associated with hazards. 

FLACS-CFD

FLACS-CFD

Explosion & Dispersion Modelling Software. Our powerful industry-leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software simulates the dispersion of hazardous materials, fire and explosion with results that you can trust.

FLACS-Frequency

FLACS-Frequency

A Web-Based Tool for Release Frequency Assessment. Accidental release of a flammable or toxic fluid is a key risk driver at many process facilities.

Shell FRED

Shell FRED

FRED (Fire, Release, Explosion and Dispersion) is Shell’s consequence modelling tool, available exclusively through Gexcon.

Shell Shepherd

Shell Shepherd

Shepherd is Shell’s quantitative risk analysis (QRA) tool, available exclusively through Gexcon.

Shell PIPA

Shell PIPA

PIPA is Shell’s Pre-Incident Planning tool, available exclusively through Gexcon.

FLACS-EFFECTS

FLACS-EFFECTS

A loss-of-containment scenario in the (petro)chemical industry can be devastating, for both property and human life. EFFECTS is easy-to-use, affordable software that helps safety professionals calculate and analyse the effects of these scenarios and develop the right prevention or containment protocols.

FLACS-RISKCURVES

FLACS-RISKCURVES

Comprehensive quantitative risk analysis. The storage and transport of hazardous materials impose risks to the surrounding population and structures.

Expert Training

Expert Training

One of our core objectives is to improve the knowledge of others to ensure that lessons are learned from such incidents. Gexcon provides training across all levels to raise the competence of your staff from basic awareness training through to in-depth courses. 

Testing Facilities

Testing Facilities

Gexcon’s testing facilities are categorised according to the size of the testing: small, medium and large-scale testing facilities.    

Testing of Passive Fire Protection

Testing of Passive Fire Protection

A fire accident in a workplace could potentially cause devastating losses. Loss of life, damage to the property and environmental harm as well as the financial cost can be extremely serious. Understanding how to avoid potential fire accidents and how to mitigate the consequences is essential.      

Gas, Vapour and Liquid Explosion Properties Testing

Gas, Vapour and Liquid Explosion Properties Testing

The handling of gases, liquids and selected substances may constitute risks for explosions. Knowing the properties related to the risk of these materials, such as the ignition and explosion characteristics, is therefore essential.  By being aware of the properties of materials handled in your plant or used in your products, it allows the necessary safety precautions to be taken to…

Explosion Mitigation System Testing

Explosion Mitigation System Testing

Gexcon’s testing sites in Norway are available for gas and dust explosion testing. These facilities are often used to test equipment designed to either withstand the impact of gas and/ or dust explosions or to protect against the consequences of such explosions.    

Ignition Hazard Assessment for Mechanical Equipment and Protective Systems

Ignition Hazard Assessment for Mechanical Equipment and Protective Systems

A potentially explosive atmosphere exists when a mixture of air, gases, vapours, mists or dust combine in a way that can ignite under certain operating conditions. In this kind of atmosphere, special attention should be given to the equipment and protective systems that are being used for operational purposes as they might cause an explosion through friction, hot surfaces and…

Testing for Obtaining Transportation Classification

Testing for Obtaining Transportation Classification

During the transportation of certain materials, several hazardous situations can occur. One of them is gas development due to the fact that transported goods may come into contact with water. The gas developed in most cases is hydrogen, which is highly explosive when mixed with air. Toxic gases may also develop. Therefore, a test method has been developed and described…

Research Projects

Research Projects

Gexcon has participated in various research projects throughout the years. Our expertise is particularly relevant in estimating and mitigating the consequences of major industrial accidents. Recent initiatives have focused on hazards associated with emerging technologies for conventional and renewable energy production, including hydrogen safety, biofuels, solar panel production, vapour cloud explosions (VCE), rapid phase transitions (RPT), production, storage and use…

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Hazardous Area Classification

  Hazardous Area Classification

Hazardous area classification is an important first step towards reducing the likelihood of ignition of clouds of flammable gas, vapour, and/ or dust. Mechanical and electrical equipment used inside a classified area shall be approved for use in that area. The classification concerns areas both inside and outside process equipment and is closely related to release and dispersion phenomena. Ventilation…

Gas Explosion Hazards Course

  Gas Explosion Hazards Course

Gas explosions are unfortunately still common in the process industry and can lead to injuries, fatalities, property damage, business interruption and environmental pollution. In fact, gas explosions are the biggest contributor to losses in the hydrocarbon industry. It is therefore of paramount importance to reduce the risks when handling flammable gases and vapours.   This course is looking into gas…

FLACS I Course

  FLACS I Course

This course covers the standard modules in FLACS, such as geometry import and generation, gas dispersion, explosion, and fire, as well as liquid pool spread. It also comprises presentations on validations, explosion mitigation, QA and probabilistic risk analysis (Including a FLACS-Risk demonstration). This course combines theory, demonstrations, and practical exercises with FLACS software. Therefore, students will be required to practice…

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TOXIC AND FLAMMABLE GAS CLOUD DETECTORS LAYOUT OPTIMIZATION USING CFD

TOXIC AND FLAMMABLE GAS CLOUD DETECTORS LAYOUT OPTIMIZATION USING CFD

Gas detectors are commonly installed in process facilities to automatically alarm and trigger safety measures in response to hazardous leaks. Without effective leak detection, installations can be susceptible to two main hazards: (1) accumulation of toxic gases to levels that exceed given exposure threshold limits, and (2) accumulation of flammable gases to levels that can cause fires or explosions. The

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