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Ensuring Safety and Security in Power Generation

Ensuring Safety and Security in Power Generation: Interview with: Brian Mulcahy, Managing Director, HIMA Australia, a sponsor company at the marcus evans Power Generation APAC Summit 2012, on reducing hazards and risks when working with power generation assets.

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Ensuring Safety and Security in Power Generation

  1. 1. Ensuring Safety and Security in Power Generation hats and safety boots. There must be class. They recognise the value of more focus on delivering mission critical diversity for security purposes. safety systems. The same applies in process safety. If When designing a plant, it is essential to an automation vendor supplies the think of all the things that could create control system for the machine, overall an unsafe condition. Process safety is process safety could be compromised if about preventing the “incidents”. The the same vendor also supplies the first step is to endeavour to design an safety system. This is not a good inherently safe plant by engineering out practice. risks wherever possible. Where this may not be possible, safety engineers should How ca n p ow er g en era t i on attempt to reduce the likelihood of an executives impact their company’sInterview with: Brian Mulcahy, unsafe condition through the application bottom line?Managing Director, HIMA Australia of high integrity control equipment in order to reduce the likelihood of a It is crucial that power stations do not potentially catastrophic incident. shut down. Under all circumstances they“With increasing living standards in must remain operational and keepAsia, it is important that companies generating power to guarantee supply.build assets that are able to achieve Having a safety system that aids atheir design purpose,” says BrianMulcahy, Managing Director, HIMA The key company to improve system reliability and plant uptime without comprisingAustralia. As living standards improve,so does public awareness of safety and is security safety performance can have a huge impact on the bottom line.its perception of a reliable supply.From a safety system engineering and diversity The US Secretary of State recently used the term “Pacific century” andcompany at the marcus evans Power highlighted that much foreign policy andGeneration APAC Summit 2012, politics will be geared towards thetaking place in Macao, China, 28 - 30 growth that is likely to occur in AsiaMay, Mulcahy discusses the need for What are some practical methods over the next few years. Indeed - Asiad iv e r s if y i ng s y s te m s i n p o w er for reducing hazards and risks when is booming!generation assets. using machinery? Closely associated with this economicHow can power generation systems The best place to start is early in the development, will be a rapid rise in thebe designed around safety? design stage of a project. Try to design standard of living and expectations of out the risks where possible by millions of people throughout Asia. It isThere are three primary drivers in employing inherently safe design. Next, important therefore that companiesprocess safety: safety of the public and ensure that your safety system achieves build assets that will meet these futurethe employees working with the asset, its purpose. If at all possible, ensure expectations. The reliability and safetyprotection of the environment and the that you do not have common cause of crucial infrastructure such as powerprotection of the asset itself. faults that can erode system integrity. generation is fundamental to achieving this goal.Safety has to do with having the right By way of comparison, most peoplemindset. When people think of safety, recognise that if they have an As living standards improve, so doesthey think of occupational health, investment portfolio, they should not public awareness of safety and itspreventing slips and falls - wearing hard invest all of their funds in one asset perception of a reliable supply.
  2. 2. About the Power Generation APAC Summit 2012 The Energy Network – marcus evans Summits group This unique forum will take place at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao, delivers peer-to-peer information China, 28 - 30 May 2012. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or on strategic matters, professional trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought trends and breakthrough leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. innovations. The Summit includes visionary presentations and interactive forums on unprecedented growth in the APAC energy sector, the foundation for a sustainable and prosperous future and cutting back on dirty fuel consumption. www.apacpowergen.com Please note that the Summit is a Contact closed business event and the Stacey Melvin, Journalist, marcus evans, Summits Division number of participants strictly Tel: + 357 22 849 400 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout HIMA AustraliaHIMA Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmBH, the world’s leading provider of process safetytechnologies with more than 25,000 systems in operation throughout the world. HIMA solutions protect people and assets inindustries ranging from nuclear energy and petrochemical processing through to rail signaling and materials handling.www.hima.com.auAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-to-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsDistribution Technology & Innovation Summit (North America) - www.dti-summit.comPetrochemical & Refining Summit (North America) - www.petrochemicalrefiningsummit.comTransmission & Distribution Summit (North America) - www.t-dsummit.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.apacpowergen.com/BrianMulcahy