Risk Engineering Paper: Remotely Operated Emergency Isolation Valves (ROEIVs)

A major fire can occur in any installation that handles large quantities of hydrocarbons.

The ability to promptly and safely isolate inventories is a key design consideration and risk-control measure. The proven method for isolation is by remotely operated emergency isolation valves (ROEIVs).

ROEIVs are safety-critical equipment. Their primary purpose is to provide effective and timely isolation of plant items containing hazardous substances in the event of the primary containment system failing (including leaks from pipework and associated fittings, and pump seals).

Many small incidents have escalated into major losses because personnel were unable to reach and close manual block valves safely or quickly enough, leading to unconstrained supply of fuel to the fire.

This position paper details the standards that would categorize a “very good” application of ROEIVs in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry, whether for new projects or retrospective upgrades.

Download the paper for insights from Marsh JLT Specialty’s engineers that can be used to support and define risk improvement recommendations, and enhance your emergency response systems.