The potential for major fires in any installation that handles large quantities of hydrocarbon products is self-evident. There have been numerous large damaging fires over the years and these include tank fires which involve massive product losses and process unit fires which cause major plant damage and process interruption.
The objective of this position paper is to define the standards that would be expected of a very good level of Fire Pre-plans in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. These standards are also reflected in the Marsh Energy Risk Ranking criteria. They can be used to support and define risk improvement recommendations and also to provide detailed advice to clients seeking to improve their fire protection and emergency response systems.