Loss prevention in a modern ethylene plant
Article first published online: 17 JUN 2004
Copyright © 1994 American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Process Safety Progress
Volume 13, Issue 3, pages 159–170, July 1994
How to Cite
Olivo, J. (1994), Loss prevention in a modern ethylene plant. Proc. Safety Prog., 13: 159–170. doi: 10.1002/prs.680130309
- Issue published online: 17 JUN 2004
- Article first published online: 17 JUN 2004
Quantum's Deer Park Ethylene Plant was built with a philosophy of risk management which was based on loss prevention. To this end, the plant incorporates a number of concepts designed to effect early detection containment and dispersion of hydrocarbon releases. Features include a gas detection grid system, water curtain in the furnace/boiler area with open path IR detector, extensive deluge systems on equipment and in pipe racks, remote television monitoring, large portable monitors (as well as the more standard plant safety systems such as hydrants), fixed monitors, and foam generators.
The systems described are monitored by means of a graphic panel and alarm console located in the Central Control Room. This centralized facility enables the operator to monitor and activate the proper subsystems and provide a visual interface between the operator and the physical plant.