Risk-Based Analysis and Engineering of Safe Distances Between Occupied Structures and Processing Equipment

March 26, 2019

By clicking the picture included within this post, or using the link below, you download an article which recently appeared in the “Oil and Gas Facilities” magazine published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).   The article was written by members of the Contek staff.  The article goes through the approach that Contek uses when doing both consequence and risk based siting studies.


As you may know, siting studies following API 752/753 are required under OSHA and the EPA under PSM and RMP.  The API standards do not detail out a specific methodology for such studies, but instead presents general guidelines for conducting such studies.  This paper fill the gap by presenting a very detailed approach to conducting siting studies using a fictitious example facility.


This paper was “peer reviewed” so it now enters the realm of “best practices.” 


Please feel free to circulate the paper, as it is currently free to the public on the spe.org website at:




Contact us if you have any questions about using this methodology for conducting siting studies!



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