Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles

Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles, 3rd Edition

for Oil, Gas, Chemical and Related Facilities

Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles, 3rd Edition,Dennis P. Nolan,ISBN9780323313018


William Andrew



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The impact of fire and explosions on oil and gas production can be disastrous. In this book, Dennis Nolan, an executive-level Loss Prevention specialist with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and US-registered PE in Fire Protection Engineering, draws on his considerable industry experience to present a practical guide to fire and explosion risk reduction for the oil and gas industry and related chemical plants.

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Key Features

A practical, results-oriented manual for practicing engineers, bringing protection principles and chemistry together with modern risk analysis techniques.

Specific focus on oil and gas and related chemical facilities, making it comprehensive and compact.

Includes the latest best practice guidance, as well as lessons learned from recent incidents.


Written by an engineer for engineers, this book is both training manual and on-going reference, bringing together all the different facets of the complex processes that must be in place to minimize the risk to people, plant and the environment from fires, explosions, vapour releases and oil spills. Fully compliant with international regulatory requirements, relatively compact but comprehensive in its coverage, engineers, safety professionals and concerned company management will buy this book to capitalize on the author’s life-long expertise. This is the only book focusing specifically on oil and gas and related chemical facilities.

This new edition includes updates on management practices, lessons learned from recent incidents, and new material on chemical processes, hazards and risk reviews (e.g. CHAZOP). Latest technology on fireproofing, fire and gas detection systems and applications is also covered.

An introductory chapter on the philosophy of protection principles along with fundamental background material on the properties of the chemicals concerned and their behaviours under industrial conditions, combined with a detailed section on modern risk analysis techniques makes this book essential reading for students and professionals following Industrial Safety, Chemical Process Safety and Fire Protection Engineering courses.


Fire Protection Engineers, Health, Safety and Environment professionals, Safety or Loss Prevention Engineers, Risk Consultants. The major industrial market is the Oil and Gas sector including exploration, production, refining, distribution, chemical processing & storage, engineering and consulting, project engineering, safety experts, fire & safety regulatory bodies.

Dennis P. Nolan

Dr. Dennis P. Nolan has had a long career devoted to risk engineering, fire protection engineering, loss prevention engineering and systems safety engineering. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration from Berne University, Master of Science degree in Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a U.S. registered professional engineer in fire protection engineering in the state of California. He is currently on the Executive Management staff of Saudi Aramco, located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, as a Loss Prevention Consultant/Chief Fire Prevention Engineer. He covers some of the largest oil and gas facilities in the world. The magnitude of the risks, worldwide sensitivity, and foreign location make this one the highly critical fire risk operations in the world. He has also been associated with Boeing, Lockheed, Marathon Oil Company, and Occidental Petroleum Corporation in various fire protection engineering, risk analysis, and safety roles in several locations in the United States and overseas. As part of his career, he has examined oil production, refining, and marketing facilities under severe conditions and in various unique worldwide locations, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and North and South America. His activity in the aerospace field has included engineering support for the NASA Space Shuttle launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center (and for those undertaken at Vandenburg Air Force Base, California) and “classified” national defense systems. Dr. Nolan has received numerous safety awards and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, He is the author of many technical papers and professional articles in various international fire safety publications. He has written four other books, Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles for Oil, Gas, Chemical and Related Facilities (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions), Fire Fighting Pumping Systems at Industrial Facilities (1st & 2nd Editions), Encyclopedia of Fire Protection (1st & 2nd Editions), and Loss Prevention and Safety Control Terms and Definitions. Dr. Nolan has also been listed for many years in “Who’s Who in California”, Who’s Who in the West”, Who’s Who in the World” and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” publications. He was also listed in “Outstanding Individuals of the 20th Century” (2001) and “Living Legends” (2004), published by the International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England. BS Fire Protection Eng, MS Systems Management, PhD Bus. Admin., Prof. Eng in Fire Protection Eng.; 40+ years of oil/gas fire/safety experience. Recent work supporting OE adoption for current employer. Author of 5 other related books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Loss Prevention Manager and Chief Fire Prevention Engineer, Saudi Aramco

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Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles, 3rd Edition

Chapter 1 Historical Background, Legal Influences, Management Responsibility & Safety Culture
Chapter 2 Overview of Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Facilities
Chapter 3 Philosophy of Protection Principles
Chapter 4 Physical Properties of Hydrocarbons and Petrochemicals
Chapter 5 Characteristics of Hazardous Material Releases, Fires and Explosions
Chapter 6 Historical Survey of Major Fire and Explosions in the Process Industries
Chapter 7 Risk Analysis
Chapter 8 Segregation, Separation and Arrangement
Chapter 9 Grading, Containment and Drainage Systems
Chapter 10 Process Controls
Chapter 11 Emergency Shutdown
Chapter 12 Depressurization, Blowdown and Venting
Chapter 13 Overpressure and Thermal Relief
Chapter 14 Control of Ignition Sources
Chapter 15 Elimination of Process Releases
Chapter 16 Fire and Explosion Resistant Systems
Chapter 17 Fire and Gas Detection and Alarm Systems
Chapter 18 Evacuation Alerting and Arrangements
Chapter 19 Methods of Fire Suppression
Chapter 20 Special Locations, Facilities, and Equipment
Chapter 21 Human Factors and Ergonomic Considerations
Appendix A: Testing Firewater Systems
Appendix A-1 Testing of Firewater Pumping Systems
Appendix A-2 Testing of Firewater Distribution Systems
Appendix A-3 Testing of Sprinkler and Deluge Systems
Appendix A-4 Testing of Foam Fire Suppression Systems
Appendix A-5 Testing of Firewater Hose Reels and Monitors
Appendix A-6 Fire Protection Hydrostatic Testing Requirements
Appendix B: Reference Data
Appendix B-1 Fire Resistance Testing Standards
Appendix B-2 Explosion and Fire Resistance Ratings
Appendix B-3 National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA) NEMA Classifications
Appendix B-4 Hydraulic Data
Appendix B-5 Selected Conversion Factors
Acronym List

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