An oil and gas company retained ioMosaic to complete a stability evaluation of six pressure relief valve (PRVs) that were identified to have inlet pressure drop in excess of 3% of the set pressure to ensure compliance with the PSM standard.
Their current operations include 192 MMBbls of NGL storage, NGL Import/Export terminals on the Houston Ship Channel with capacities of up to 10,000 Bbls/Hr (import) and 5,000 Bbls/Hr (Export), 19 NGL and propylene fractionators with capacities of up to 439 Mbpd of NGL, 65 Mbpd propylene and 116 Mbpd isomerization, and natural gas processing of up to 6.3 Bcf/day.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 Process Safety Management (PSM) requires, under the Process Safety Information (PSI) element, that employers compile information pertaining to the equipment in the process including relief system design and design basis.
ioMosaic prepared the PRV stability analysis and documentation using our software SuperChems™, a component of Process Safety Office®. The stability calculations used the relief conditions, isometrics and compositions provided by the client. SuperChems™ advanced tools were used to estimate key PRV parameters and to estimate the performance of the PRV. Three of the six installations were found to perform in a stable manner despite the slightly excessive inlet line losses. The force balance was positive and acoustic interactions were found to result in a stable installation.
The project deliverables included SuperChems™ executable files for each of the relief devices, a full report outlining the evaluation results and methodologies, and a discussion list of resulting findings/concerns from the evaluation along with potential mitigation options.
By demonstrating stable PRV performance and eliminating the need to modify the piping installation, ioMosaic saved the client over $100,000. The stability analyses identified potential opportunities to improve the performance of three of the six relief devices. Efficient project execution, detailed reports, and high-level summaries ensured the client had the appropriate knowledge and necessary to make risk-based decisions in a timely fashion.