ABB confirms its position as number one supplier promoting functional safety in oil and gas industry

With the final Safety Execution Centres (SECs) in our global network set to be TÜV-certified within the next 18 months, we are proud to confirm our position as the number one supplier promoting functional safety in the oil and gas industry. To date, some eleven SECs out of our 20-strong global network are already certified.

Working closely with colleagues within the company’s Product and Consulting businesses, the SECs play a key role in helping ABB deliver total safety-assurance for customers operating high-risk process installations. The Centres design and engineer Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) to support effective functional safety throughout the entire lifecycle of process and functional safety solutions.

Recent incidents are focusing companies’ attention towards adoption and compliance to safety related industry good practice standards with increased project spend to achieve the correct level of functional safety to these standards to ensure sustainable operations. ABB’s experience and tried and tested systems and procedures help to ensure that companies achieve complete functional safety with a high level of pragmatism without paying more than they need.

Many operators and contractors within the oil and gas industry do not have access to specialist functional safety resources in-house. ABB’s support can ensure that safety is designed into projects properly from the start, avoiding the potentially catastrophic consequences of underspecifying safety systems, as well as the added costs of overspending on unnecessary equipment.

All the Centres work to deliver SIS that comply with the latest industry standards (IEC 61511 and IEC 61508, edition 2). The SECs in India, Argentina, Denmark, Germany, two in Italy, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and two in China are already certified by TÜV as the independent accreditation body in line with the standards, while Canada, Colombia, US, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Slovakia are currently in the process of achieving certification.

The SECs design, engineer, integrate and configure SIS using ABB third-party certified elements and subsystems from the various Product Groups, to IEC 61511/IEC 61508. They offer the full range of systems, up to and including SIL 3 for the most hazardous duties.

They also provide consultancy on functional and process safety, working with the Consulting Group, Control Technologies and Consult IT businesses within ABB. Competency is a key issue within functional safety, and the SECs complete their all-round support for clients by working with the ABB University to provide training.

Key engineering personnel at all 20 SECs have achieved either TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Engineer or Exida Certified Safety Engineer and ABB has access to a number of “Expert” status consultants under the same competency schemes.

For more information about ABB’s range of functional safety services, email oilandgas@gb.abb.com or call 01480 475321 ref. ‘Functional Safety’.

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