Identification of Safety Critical Elements

ORS has recently been contracted by an operator company to perform a detailed assessment of safety critical components and mapping of SCE’s to the relevant Performance Standards (PS) on a number of installations in North Sea. The assessment is based on functionality, hazardous area classification and potential for loss of containment.

The identification of Safety Critical Elements (SCE) is an integral part of managing major accident risks for oil production facilities. A Safety Critical Element (SCE) is classified as an equipment or structure whose failure can lead to a major hazard or whose purpose is to prevent or mitigate a major accident.

Since 2009, ORS has completed multiple assignments for operator- and engineering companies for identification and classification of SCEs. The assignments have included offshore facilities, subsea installations as well as onshore production facilities.