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The ATEC Team

Goal

ATEC provide a wide range of verification, inspection & training services to the Oil & Gas exploration and production, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, renewable and construction markets – With our extensive track record on projects within potentially explosive atmospheres, Atec can add significant value and minimize the burden associated with managing risks associated with hazardous area operation and compliance.

Project

ATEC carried out a certification project for a client who were unaware of their full responsibilities for a component certified product.

The Challenge

The $10 billion LNG asset was built by a US-based EPC to US electrical standard, NEC 500. The plant has hazardous locations of approximately 35% across the asset. LNG assets are operated and maintained by a multifunctional work force. The EPC’s challenge was that they had no personnel trained to maintain the critically hazardous area locations.

The Control System comprised of 2 panels meant for use in an ATEX Zone 2 Area Classification. The first panel had a selection of hazardous area certified components wired to control IO boards and terminals.

The second panel used for fire detection, gas detection, F&G alarm and trip annunciation, along with control for fire suppression and gas prevention. Upon detection of either hazard, the controller was designed to take the appropriate action to mitigate and annunciate the hazard - The panel also included a “Maintenance Bypass” feature which allowed the end user to perform maintenance testing without affecting production. This control system was to be installed in an explosive hazardous area designated for a gas atmosphere. According to the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, manufacturers/suppliers (or importers, if the manufacturers are outside the EU) must ensure that their products meet essential health and safety requirements and undergo appropriate conformity procedures.

Although an EC‐type examination certificate is not mandatory for devices of category 3 as specified for use in Zone 2, the manufacturer should issue a declaration of conformity confirming compliance with the ATEX directive and the harmonized standards applicable to these devices. This usually involves testing and assessment by an independent third-party to support this declaration of conformity.

Our Approach

On short notice and up against an aggressive timeline, ATEC traveled to the customer location to perform an on-site evaluation and testing of the equipment

This testing and assessment produced the deliverable of an ExTR (Ex Technical Report), and Technical File Compilation to provide client with the necessary data to demonstrate conformity to the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU.

Industry
  • Downstream O&G
Business challenges
  • H&S Compliance
  • Plant Integrity
Keys to success
  • ATEC Standard Certification Procedures
  • Competent Certified Personnel
  • Detailed Project Management
  • Ability to interpret Standards and propose cost effective ALARP solutions
Benefits to clients including;
  • Compliant product/system
  • Provision of a final report with extensive detail on requirements for all new identified Hazardous Areas
  • Removal of intolerable Safety Risk
  • Compliance with Company, National & International Standards
Main Standards/Guidance followed
  • IEC60079-0
  • IEC60079-7
  • ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU.
Locations
ATEC - Americas
1225 Noth Loop West, Suite #705
Houston, TX 77008
Office: 713.862.0088
Fax: 713.862.0099
ATEC Training and Inspection Center
2 Venture Drive, #15-28 Vision Exchange,
Singapore 608526
Office: +65.6251.8820
Fac: +65.6254.1440
ATEC - Myanmar
85 Pan Hlaing Street
Sanchaung Township
11111 Yangon
The Republic Of The Union Of Myanmar
ATEC - India
Bldg. – 39, Shop No. 102, Indian Corporation, Dapode Rd,
Mankoli Naka Bhiwandi, Dist. Thane, Maharashtra 421302 India
Dubai
Techno Park, Jebel Ali, PO BOX 123776
Dubai, UAE