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Initial Conceptual Design and Feasibility Study

This is the earliest stage in a project lifecycle, where the project is being developed and evaluated. At this point, you may know for example how much of the product you need to make, but not necessarily the exact process route. This is the point at which different options are being evaluated, and there is the greatest scope to make changes to improve safety and productivity.

Questions this project phase aims to answer include:

  • Economic Feasibility – What is the demand for the product likely to be, and hence what is the required manufacturing capacity? Can the product be made profitably at that scale?
  • Practical Feasibility – Are there any practical barriers to carrying out the process. E.g. is the catalyst available in sufficient quantities, and are all raw materials readily available?
  • Safety Feasibility – Are there any major safety concerns with the chosen process which may cause significant issues or give rise to an unacceptable risk?
  • Legal Framework and Constraints – What legislation, regulations or good practice standards must the project follow? For example, do the COMAH Control of Major Accident Hazards regulations apply, and which environmental impact assessments are needed?

The costs of making a change to the process at this stage are at their lowest (and indeed often produce capital savings). Hazard Study 0 (inherent safety evaluation) and Hazard Study 1 (initial safety review) are carried out at this stage.

What =Method can do for you

  • Provide experienced study facilitators for HS0 Hazard Study 0 and HS1 Hazard Study 1 studies
  • Train and give mentoring support to aspiring study leaders.

Process Safety Lifecycle


FSA0
FSA`
FSA2
FSA3
SIL Determination
FSA4
FSA5
FSA6

Most recent projects for Initial Conceptual Design and Feasibility Study

A "Hazard Study 1" review to determine safety issues associated with a change of recipe (a trial to test the use of a different solvent) in a chemical process. The study scope included hazards associated with the change to the new solvent and the change back to the existing solvent.

Industry: Chemical
Topic: Hazard Study 0/1 - Inherent Safety and Initial Hazard Review

=Method conducted an informal review of the clients hazard study 1 documentation and suggested areas for improvement, working with the client to improve their processes for the future.

Industry: Chemical
Topic: Hazard Study 0/1 - Inherent Safety and Initial Hazard Review

A HS1 was carried out for a new abatement system which highlighted gaps in knowledge of hazards and raised actions to better understand the chemical processes and potential hazards involved.

Industry: Chemical
Topic: Hazard Study 0/1 - Inherent Safety and Initial Hazard Review

=Method provided feedback on a HS1 completed by the client, suggesting areas of improvement.

Industry: Mining / Metal / Cement
Topic: Hazard Study 0/1 - Inherent Safety and Initial Hazard Review

Feedback on HS1 for Steel Industry flare gas application.

Industry: Mining / Metal / Cement
Topic: Hazard Study 0/1 - Inherent Safety and Initial Hazard Review

View all of our recent projects here

Initial Conceptual Design & Feasability Study

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