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Hendrix Corrosion Assessment Report Fuels New Cal/OSHA Recommendations

The safe operation of oil refineries in the United States is under constant review. A 2014 report by The Hendrix Group, Inc. supports proposed legislation to strengthen Process Safety Management in California’s petroleum refineries.

Through Environ, the City of Richmond, California engaged The Hendrix Group to conduct a damage assessment review of a major refinery near the city after a piping failure and fire in an operating unit. The resulting report, Reliability Analysis of Modernization Project Changes, details findings on the potential risk of fixed equipment and piping failure using high sulfur content crudes if not reduced through various mitigation techniques, including Corrosion Control Documents (CCD) and Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs), as inputs into focused inspection programs.

The proposed legislation strives to implement the recommendations of parties involved in the investigation of the incident, including the Hendrix analysis, as well as other PSM elements that safety experts believe will improve the safe operation of refineries and reduce environmental impact.

Since 1990, The Hendrix Group, Inc. has specialized in metallurgical engineering, corrosion investigations, failure analysis, and laboratory testing for the upstream, midstream, and downstream energy industries. Investigative corrosion and failure related projects commissioned by Hendrix clients have saved them millions of dollars in reduced downtime and equipment costs. The Hendrix Group is located in Houston, Texas.

Learn more about The Hendrix Group's Corrosion-Control Document  (CCDs)development services along with an essential component of CCDs, API 584 Integrity Operating Windows.

To read the resulting California Code of Regulations detailed Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, click here.

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