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By Wyatt A. Doop
THE WOODLANDS, TX.-The inherent nature of midstream
facility operations requires a constant awareness of process safety.
On Dec. 3, 2015, an initial fire and subsequent explosion occurred in
the inlet area of the Ramsey cryogenic processing plant in West Texas.
There were no serious personnel injuries, but much of the plant's
equipment was damaged or destroyed.
After recognizing that rebuilding the entire inlet system to match
the pre-incident configuration would require as many as 18 months
of plant downtime, the Ramsey engineering team began looking for
innovative solutions to allow the plant to resume processing gas from
third-party Delaware Basin producers as quickly as possible.
The team adopted an engineering and redesign approach that led to
constructing a safer, more operable and more efficient plant in a
relatively short time frame. The Ramsey facility's first cryogenic plant
started operations sooner than four months after the incident, and the
facility's daily throughput was restored to pre-incident processing
capacity within five months, an amazing feat by any industry standard.

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