Several major incidents involving flare and relief systems can be traced to a failure to recognise hazards and perform adequate analysis.

This webinar will use the incidents as examples to explain how industry guidance such as API 521 and good engineering practices have been enhanced to prevent future accidents and promote inherently safe design. It will describe the best practice solutions you need to effectively manage process safety.

Topics covered

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • Key elements of pressure relief and blowdown verifications to ensure PSM compliance
  • Up-to-date approaches for assessing:
    • vessel survivability under fire attack
    • brittle fracture risks during depressurisation
    • transient process behaviour during relief events
  • Minimising capital expenditure without compromising safety


Paul Frey, CEng MIChemE is the lead of PSE's Flare, Relief & Blowdown Centre of Expertise. Paul is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry. Paul is also a contributor to the API 520 and 521 Pressure Relieving Standards Committee meetings.
James Marriott, PhD CEng MIChemE is the Head of PSE’s Oil & Gas business unit. He led the development of PSE's next generation approaches for the safe design and operation of pressure relief and blowdown systems.



70 minutes

Who should attend?

The presentation will be of interest to hydrocarbon engineers, especially those with safety interest, flare simulation experts and managers with responsibility for asset and plant integrity.