Safety Provider Coordinates Start-up Plans

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 06:06 PM gHale


A massive Ichthys LNG project in Australia operated by INPEX needed a massive coordination effort to ensure a safe start up.

This type of coordination is essential for a project as enormous and complex as Ichthys. Scheduled for start-up in the third quarter of 2017, the joint venture megaproject should produce 8.9 million tons of LNG yearly.

That is where safety system provider HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH comes into play.

“Our scope on Ichthys is much more than just safety systems,” said Dieter Specht, project director for HIMA. “We have worked for several years to synchronize all the steps necessary to ensure safe operations and a successful start-up. In the process, we’ve functioned on a tight time schedule with multiple companies across national borders and cultural differences.”

Projects of Ichthys’ size and complexity also call for partners and suppliers to work globally. To meet that demand, HIMA offices in Singapore, China (Shanghai), South Korea (Geoje), Dubai (UAE), Australia (Perth) and Germany (Bruehl) collaborated closely. Project management is coordinated from Bruehl, while most day-to-day work with fellow project suppliers takes place in Singapore. That’s also where function tests have been conducted on more than 1,200 cabinets supplied by the basic process control system (BPCS) supplier, HIMA and project partners.

Global coordination and local collaboration are crucial for huge energy projects.
At Ichthys, HIMA is working closely with the project’s three engineering procurement contractors and the BPCS supplier.

At one point, all five companies examined the details of each of 25,000 safety I/Os. That brought forward additional requirements that typically would have been identified during commissioning. That up-front work helped to minimize subsequent plan corrections and related time delays.

Functional safety expertise is an important factor in HIMA’s project approach. The company is applying the principles of IEC 61511 in designing and testing the systems.

Along with safety instrumented systems (SIS), fire and gas (F&G) systems and high-integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS), HIMA is providing 430 control cabinets and related connections. A pre-FID project for developing standard applications, design and testing was supplied in advance to the main contract. Additionally, cyber security and network management for associated hardware and components such as smoke detectors in employee living accommodations are part of the scope.