As chemical plants and petroleum refineries plan for future expansion, the capability of existing pressure relief systems to safely dispose of higher capacities is often a significant constraint. Current codes and standards now allow for the use of High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS) in lieu of increasing the capacity of emergency relief systems. There is a significant body of knowledge on how to design a HIPPS system once the requirement for one has been established. However, there is gap in knowledge of what situations allow for HIPPS and what practical steps can be taken to determine when a HIPPS is justified. This paper describes the analytical techniques that can be used by engineers to justify a design using instrumented protection in lieu of upgrading the relief system. A review of applicable requirements from codes and standards is included along with risk-based methods to ensure a HIPPS design is as safe as — or safer than — conventional relief design.

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