With good process safety, we can ensure that our refineries and related units operate without incident, and prevent both personnel from being exposed to danger and the environment from being polluted. Process safety is based on identifying process-related risks in advance and preventing accidents.Our aim is to be among the best European oil refiners in terms of process safety.
Process safety is reviewed using internal audits and official inspections. Neste Oil’s insurers also carry out insurance audits at the company’s refineries, reviewing plant safety from various perspectives, such as the condition and appropriateness of equipment, equipment separation principles, fire safety, competencies of the operational personnel and operational procedures.
Cooperation with the authorities at refinery locations is an important part of process safety. Communication and preparedness planning is continuous with local rescue departments, for example.
Neste Oil measures its process safety performance using CONCAWE-defined PSER (Process Safety Events Rate). These define process safety levels by measuring the number of incidents that take place in production processes per million man-hours worked. We measure process safety incidents at all our production sites and terminals.
A total of 20 (19) PSEs took place in 2014, and the process safety events rate (PSER) was 3.0 (3.0). Our PSER target set for 2014 was < 3.0. Our goal for 2015 is < 2.7.
All of our refineries, terminals and ports adopted a process safety management system as part of the refineries' management board work in 2014. The development work will continue with the development of process safety monitoring indicators, among other things. The systematic way of working has made safety even more integral part of management work.
Safety was also brought closer to business operations in 2014. Change management training was provided for all employees of the Oil Products business, with the aim of improving the ability of those working in the various business functions to identify changes that may have effects on production at a later date, for example.
We continued the project to review the compatibility of the structural materials and process conditions, such as temperature, compared to the current material recommendations at the Porvoo and Naantali refineries in 2014. As part of their training, operators working at the refinery make refining unit fire risk reviews and site cards containing information concerning the units' firefighting equipment in an effort to improve fire safety.
Several changes with which the structural materials of oil refining processes will better match the process conditions will be made during the turnaround in 2015. The production plants in Finland continued to survey the criticality of equipment from the points of view of safety and business. The four-year project to prepare a criticality classification is halfway through. The classification covering all equipment in all production sites is scheduled for completion in 2016. The criticality classification of equipment guides the maintenance, maintenance scheduling and training at our refineries.
Read more about the Porvoo turnaround and its safety preparations.