Case Study 1

Location: Nigeria

MES performed a suite of safety and risk studies for an international operator with operations in Nigeria. Studies included evaluating the fire, explosion and dispersion risks; analysing the suitability of escape route and evacuation procedures; assessing the integrity of emergency systems and verifying the adequacy of active fire protection at the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) installation.

MES executed studies for this brown-field FPSO project to a commendable standard and has since continued to strengthen a relationship with this client.

Case Study 2

Location: Kazakhstan

MES has supported a number of major projects in Kazakhstan for a number of years now including one of the largest projects Worldwide consisting of offshore facilities, an Onshore oil, gas and sulphur plant and a railway network designed for exporting purposes. MES' involvement has been through all phases of the project from feasibility, FEED, Detailed Engineering through to providing site and operations support.

Some of the studies executed by MES have included fire and explosion studies, risk assessments, facilitating workshops, developing performance standards and HSE Cases and providing direct support to the client assisting with troubleshooting problems faced during the design and construction of the project. MES has also supported the Client on addressing non-conformances raised by the RoK authorities and Independent Verification Body.

Case Study 3

Location: Uganda

Several risk assessment studies were prepared for a client with operations in Uganda.

  • A Transport Risk Assessment was prepared for a client to assess a range of options to transfer crude oil to several delivery stations during a conceptual phase of a development project. The study was based on quantifying risks and applying ALARP principles and a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) to identify the most risk adverse, least costly option. Risk contours were developed using MERIT and study findings were presented to the client to highlight key issues that should be explored at later stages when developing the project.
  • A Deliverability Assessment was also prepared to assess critical bottlenecks in the supply chain. Monte Carlo simulation modeling was performed to provide the client with the minimum level of storage at loading stations and optimum fleet capacity (trucks) to meet annualised deliverability targets. Methods to reduce lag times and make-up shortfalls due to unexpected loss in production were reported to the client.

MES continues to provide dedicated risk support services to this client for its all operations across the world.

Case Study 4

Location: UK

MES were retained by CLIENT to provide specialist Safety and Risk Management services to a large UK Gas Storage Development Project comprising Offshore Wellhead Injection/Production Platforms and an Onshore Terminal. Specific services provided by MES included:

  • Long-term secondment of Lead HSE engineer into Project Management team to advise on Safety and Regulatory issues and ensure compliance of FEED activities with COMPANY and Regulatory Standards. The role extended also to HSE review of all FEED documentation (Onshore and Offshore) and preparation, review and clarification of primary EPC tenders.
  • Safety and Risk Studies, including Quantitative Risk Assessment of the Onshore terminal to identify all hazards and assess the risks to personnel. MES used the the QRA output to complete further assessments of the Occupied Buildings Risks on the terminal and also to determine the Domino Hazard events to the neighbouring sites.
  • Offshore, MES managed the detailed hydrocarbon release and explosion analysis using Computational Fluid Dynmics (CFD) software. This assessment determined the probability of exceeding a structural design loading allowing the design to be accurately specified. MES also conducted studies to review the provision of Sub-Sea Isolation Valves to the main sealines.
  • MES, on behalf of CLIENT prepared the draft submissions of the primary UK Regulators: Design Notification (Offshore Safety Case Regulations) and Safety Report (Onshore - COMAH Regulations)

MES' engagement in the project allowed the CLIENT to efficiently fill 'resource' gaps in their project team and to provide expertise in reviewing the FEED Contractor's work and defining requirements for subsequent EPC tenders. MES provided CLIENT with direct working knowledge of the UK Regulatory framework which was essential in engaging the UK Regulator and developing the necessary submission requirements. MES continues to provide the client with dedicated support in the above areas, the contract duration now extending to 2 1/1 years.

Case Study 5

Location: UK North Sea

MES was commissioned to perform a Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) study for an offshore installation in Northern North Sea. The project scope was to minimize platform lost time by identifying barriers on production efficiency and recommending cost-effective improvements that could be easily implemented.

MES was able to report:

  • Critical systems which should be provided with redundancy
  • Key maintenance activities which should be implemented on the asset as a minimum.
  • Optimised manning levels on the installation required to perform repair work in the event of an equipment failure.
  • Critical spares list that should be held offshore.

MES continues to provide integrity support to clients with assets located in North Sea.

Case Study 6

Location: Worldwide

Technical workshops and reviews are essential to any project to identify process hazards (HAZID) and systematically examine a planned operation (HAZOP). MES has consultants with experience spanning over 25 years of industry knowledge and ability chairing HAZID and HAZOP workshop sessions. To date, MES has performed in excess of 100 workshops - including HAZID, HAZOP, ENVID, BOWTIE, SIL and LOPA. MES has been involved on numerous high profile projects within Oil, Gas, Petrochemical and Nuclear industries, of which have included facilitating workshops of short 1 day sessions to longer to more intense programs lasting several weeks.

Case Study 7

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

MES were approached to perform a mapping study examining the coverage of existing detector systems on an onshore installation in Abu Dhabi, UAE. MES were able to simulate the 3-dimensional coverage of various fire and gas detection equipment using AMNIS and comment on the following:

  • Detector type and suitability for application
  • Optimum number in voting arrangement
  • Advise on location within 3-dimensional grid space
  • Determine the base line coverage in zonal areas and identify zones with non-conformance to performance targets

MES is a specialist provider of Fire and Gas consultancy services and continues to build its experience and reputation in this field.

Case Study 8

Location: Oman

MES has performed a number of Safety, risk and RAM Studies for various operators in Oman. These have ranged from facilitating workshops to carrying out fire and explosion, Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA), HSE Cases, developing performance standards, Pre-Incident Plans (PIPs), Manual of Permitted Operations (MOPOs) and developing Emergency Response Procedures and Plans. These studies have been conducted for various type of facilities such as pipelines, gas processing plants and complex refineries.

MES' performance and continued growth in Oman has led to the establishment of a small consultancy office based in Muscat in order to further support the needs of our Clients more locally.

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