Alarm management has been a key theme at recent oil and gas conferences, as exploration companies and refineries alike, from upstream to downstream, struggle with the best way to keep operations safe. Oil major BP gets help from PAS for alarm management of its downstream operations, and has decided to expand to boundary protection as well.
BP signed a new multi-year contract for PAS inBound to help manage critical operational limits in its refineries and petrochemical plants. InBound captures, visualizes and analyzes boundary data within plant operations, alerting operators as needed. Boundary data includes process alarms, safety instrumented and environmental trip points, mechanical design limits, normal operating zones, and safe operating envelopes.
Analytics provide a scorecard on adherence to limits as well as detailed and trend information that drive decision-making. InBound also integrates into a plant’s alert system to drive critical operator actions when appropriate.
“BP is an oil and gas leader, and we are honored that they’ve chosen to expand their use of PAS alarm management products with inBound,” says Mark Carrigan, senior vice president of global operations at PAS. “Automating boundary management within a plant is considered an industry best practice today. BP joins other PAS customers who utilize these advanced methods of plant safety controls.”
PAS provides inBound to companies with operations in power, oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, and other process industries. Companies can instantly determine whether a plant is operating within safe operating limits; view safe operating limits in context of existing control system graphic displays; and research boundary compliance, identifying areas of plant safety improvement.