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Verbrec Presenting at APPEA 2023 Conference and Exhibition

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We are thrilled that Verbrec will be presenting at the highly anticipated energy industry event of the year, the APPEA 2023 Conference and Exhibition. The event spans four days and facilitates the coming together of the whole supply chain, the development of networks and enhances collaboration in accelerating towards net zero.

Join Erik Vandenberg, Operations Manager at Verbrec asset management, in the morning tea session:

He is speaking on “Improving Process Safety Management for the Operation of Major Hazard Facilities” on May 17, 2023, from 11:15 am to 12:30 p.m. (ACST).


The discipline of process safety management has proven to be a valuable tool for assisting operators of Major Hazard Facilities (MHF) in focusing on the critically important ‘few’, with a heightened level of scrutiny than that of the ‘many’ lesser critical yet still important elements of a process system. This discipline attracts much oversight, discussion, and enthusiasm from many areas within and outside asset operations teams. Major Accident Hazards may vary in severity and probability throughout the life cycle of existing assets, it is, therefore, important to review these periodically. Clear purpose and definition of Safety Critical Elements (SCE), and in some cases Integrity Critical Elements (ICE), along with intelligent rationalisation of these to reflect the items of legitimate criticality, will allow higher precision and clarity, leading to higher confidence and an improved ability to manage genuine process safety risk. Further improvements can be made through real-time and near-time reporting through risk visualisation bowtie diagrams to ensure hazards can be managed to As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) and their status made visible to enable the most effective prioritisation of work which prioritises restoration of the most compromised threat and consequence barriers first.

Erik is a highly strategic Asset Management, Maintenance and Reliability Leader with over 20 years of experience in engineering, commissioning, maintenance and reliability, and physical asset management within the oil and gas industry.

Erik’s expertise encompasses but is not limited to asset integrity and process safety management programs, LNG fixed asset rotating equipment shutdowns/turnarounds, maintenance and reliability optimisation programs, pre-commissioning, commissioning, start-up and safe operations of major energy/hydrocarbon facilities.

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