April 2022

Environment and Safety

Raising the alarm: Understanding the operator’s perspective on refinery process alarms

As refineries and petrochemical complexes worldwide are moving toward more automated operations, plant operators are increasingly becoming dependent on process alarms for safe, smooth and continuous operation.

As refineries and petrochemical complexes worldwide are moving toward more automated operations, plant operators are increasingly becoming dependent on process alarms for safe, smooth and continuous operation. Process alarms also play an important role in mitigating the risks during plant upsets. During the early stages of a project, typically the front-end engineering design (FEED) stage, the client’s operations team and the design engineering contractor outline the preliminary alarm requirements to assess the vital process parameters that require significant monitoring during plant operations. The definition of an alarm not only includes the proper setting of the alarm, but also consists

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