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101 Essential Elements in a Pressure Equipment Integrity Management Program for the Hydrocarbon Process Industry: Part 2

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John T. Reynolds

Shell Global Solutions - U.S., Houston, TX

Paper No. PVP2002-1240, pp. 241-264; 24 pages
  • ASME 2002 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes and Standards
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 5–9, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4650-4
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This is part 2 of a two part paper that outlines the 101 essential elements that need to be in place, and functioning well, to effectively and efficiently , preserve and protect the reliability and integrity of pressure equipment (vessels, exchangers, furnaces, boilers, piping, tanks, relief systems) in the refining and petrochemical industry. Part 1 of this paper was published in the proceedings of the 2000 ASME PVP Conference. Each of the two parts outline half of the 101 essential elements of pressure equipment integrity management (PEIM). This paper is not just about minimum compliance with rules, regulations or standards; rather it is about what needs to be accomplished to build and maintain a program of operational excellence in pressure equipment integrity that will permit owner-users to make maximum use of their physical assets to generate income. Compliance is not the key to success in pressure equipment integrity management (PEIM ); operational excellence is. Each of the 101 work processes outlined in this two part paper, is explained concisely to the extent necessary, so that owner-users will know what needs to be done to maintain and improve their PEIM program. This paper does not prescribe how each of these 101 key elements is to be accomplished, as that description would result in a book rather than a paper. This paper simply outlines all the fundamentals that are necessary to avoid losses, avoid safety incidents, and maintain reliability of pressure equipment. It pulls together a complete overview of the entire spectrum of programs, procedures, and preventative measures needed to achieve first quartile performance in maintaining pressure equipment integrity (PEI ).

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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