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November 22, 2021

Inherent Safety application to ensure an ALARP design at Concept Stage

Authors: Khama Matiti, MES International Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey   In general it is better to incorporate safety into design earlier, i.e. during design development, than […]
November 15, 2021

Improving the Operation of Ammonia Synthesis Loops

Authors: M.ABDEL AATY, Misr Fertilizer Production Company, Damietta, Egypt M.LUNN, Y. KAMAL, A. JONCKERS, Johnson Matthey Catalysts, Billingham, United Kingdom This article was first published at […]
November 8, 2021

PSM Lessons from a Major Reformer Furnace Failure

Authors: RDC Prior, SHExcellence CC, Johannesburg, South Africa   In May 2013 a major failure occurred during the start-up of a Primary Reformer Furnace in an […]
October 31, 2021

Learning from Dangerous Occurrences in the Chemical Industries

Authors: John A. Hare, Richard J. Goff and Justin Holroyd Health and Safety Laboratory, Buxton, UK It is important to learn lessons to continuously improve safety […]
October 25, 2021

Significant Ammonia Recovery from Urea Plant LP Section flared Gases

Authors: SHARANAPPA GURAPPA GEDIGERI, KARANAM MANORANJAN BABU Oman India Fertiliser Company S.A.O.C. Sur, Oman This article was first published at Nitrogen and Syngas Conference, 24-27 February […]
October 17, 2021

Impact of a low methanol low temperature shift catalyst at Petrokemija

Authors: NENAD ZECEVIC, R. KAMENSKI, Petrokemija Plc, Kutina, Croatia JOHN ROBERT BRIGHTLING, H. AGARWAL, Johnson Matthey Plc, Billingham, UK This article was first published at Nitrogen […]
October 10, 2021

Improving energy efficiency in an ammonia production plant

Authors: D. VELÁZQUEZ, FRANCESCO ROSSI, J. RODRÍGUEZ, DVA Global Energy Services, Sevilla, Spain F. GALINDO, FERTIBERIA, Madrid, Spain This article was first published at Nitrogen and […]
October 3, 2021

Rejuvenating a 27-Year Old Ammonia Plant

Authors: REHAN AHMED, IFTIKHAR A. KIRMANI, M. SAQIB JAWED, Fauji Fertilizer Co. Ltd, Goth Macchi, Dist. Rahimyar Khan, Pakistan This article was first published at Nytrogen […]
September 27, 2021

Cleaning of Fouling in the Primary Reformer Convection Section and Combustion Chamber Firebrick Coating

  Authors: PAWIRADIKRAMA, H. SUPRIYADI, Kaltim Parna Industri, Bontang, East Kalimantan, Indonesia This article was first published at Nytrogen and Syngas Conference, 25-28 February 2007, Bahrain […]
September 20, 2021

Retaining Knowledge for Process Safety Management

Authors: Michael Kelleher, Principal Consultant, DNV GL, Knowledge Management Competence Centre, UK Tony Potts, Principal Consultant, DNV GL, Manchester, UK Trixie Pomares, Consultant, DNV GL, Manchester, […]
September 13, 2021

Optimizing Reformer Tube Life by Employing a Realistic Condition-Based Methodology

Authors: B. E. SHANNON, IESCO, Inc. 3445 Kashiwa Street, Torrance, CA 90505, USA C. E. JASKE, CC Technologies, 5777 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017, USA This […]
September 5, 2021

Trips and Traps in Major Projects

By Raghava Nayak and Venkat Pattabathula Project management has evolved as increasing financial pressures, process safety, environmental expectations, and multi-national sourcing of people and equipment have […]
August 29, 2021

Safety First

Article originally published in the February 2019 issue of World Fertilizer Paul Kowalski and Michael Nugent, E²G, USA, and Timothy Armitt, LINDT, UK, discuss advances in […]
August 25, 2021

Handling the Heat

Authors: Phillip E. Prueter, P.E. Principal Engineer II | Team Leader – Materials & Corrosion Group E²G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. Article originally published […]
July 4, 2021

A remote monitoring early warning solution for ammonia releases for the OCI urea and melamine complex at Chemelot industrial park

Authors: Rene Braun (Grandperspective GmbH, Berlin, Germany) and Peter Schmitz (OCI Nitrogen B.V. Gellen, The Netherlands) This paper was first published at CRU Nitrogen + Syngas […]
June 22, 2021

Ammonia Storage Tanks

Authors: VENKAT PATTABATHULA, RAGHAVA NAYAK and DON TIMBRES  Ammonia has been stored as a liquid since ammonia production on an industrial scale began about 100 years ago. […]
April 20, 2021

Process Safety Cards: “A Good Deal Safer”

Author: DAVID HATCH – Process Safety Integrity (UK) CHALLENGE PROCESS SAFETY (Loss of Containment of Hazardous Energy or Materials) incidents continue to occur despite BETTER Technology […]
April 7, 2021

Trends in Tragedy – An in-depth Study of Amine System Failures

Authors: PHILIP LE GRANGE, MIKE SHEILAN, BEN SPOONER – Amine Experts International (Netherlands, Canada, USA, Chile, New Zealand) Equipment malfunction or unplanned shutdown of an amine system […]
March 22, 2021

AmmoniaKnowHow welcome The Equity Engineering Group as our new Solution Provider

E2G | The Equity Engineering Group is a technology driven company that solves engineering problems for the chemical, petrochemical and oil and gas industries. Our consulting […]
March 16, 2021

AmmoniaKnowHow welcomes Gexcon as our new Solution Provider

Gexcon experience arises from detailed knowledge of explosion phenomena built up through years of extensive research projects, carrying out safety assessments, performing accident investigations and conducting […]
March 4, 2021

Причины трагедий – Подробное изучение причин сбоев аминовых установок

ФИЛИП ЛЕ ГРАНЖ, МАЙК ШИЛАН, БЕН СПУНЕР – Amine Experts International Конференция CRU «Азот и синтез-газ 2020» Гаага 17-19 Февраля 2020   Нарушение работы оборудования или вынужденный […]
February 28, 2021

Stop-Work Authority in Process Plant Operation

Authors: Raghava Nayak and Venkat Pattabathula   Stop-Work ­Authority­ (SWA) ­is ­widely­ practiced ­in every day­ occupational­ health,­ safety, ­and­ environment­ (OHSE)­ programs.­ All­ companies­ empower­ […]
February 28, 2021

Ammonia – Toxicological Overview

This document was first issued by Public Health England publications gateway number: 2014790 Key Points Kinetics and metabolism ammonia dissolves in moisture in the air and […]
January 11, 2021

Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) in Nitrogen Fertiliser Plants

Authors: Raghava Nayak, Functional Safety Expert, Sydney, Australia, and Venkat Pattabathula, Principal Consultant, SVP Chemical Plant Services, Australia Most of the world’s 600 or so ammonia […]
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