EEMUA announces CompeTank™ course dates for 2015

EEMUA has announced the dates for its TankAssessor™, TankStrategies™ and TankIntro™ courses in 2015. These will be held across Europe; in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The EEMUA CompeTank™ scheme trains, assesses and certifies as competent, those who have responsibility for the inspection, assessment, maintenance and oversight of tank storage operations. CompeTank™ is based on internationally recognised user guides developed by EEMUA and other industry publications, as well as regulations and formal standards.

New edition of EEMUA electrical 'Ex' handbook

EEMUA has published the sixth edition of EEMUA Publication 186, "A Practitioner's Handbook for explosive atmospheres".

This latest edition provides a significant update on previous editions, and includes new chapters on mechanical and application design engineering considerations.

EEMUA 186 offers guidance for improving safety in potentially explosive atmospheres, in areas such as petroleum and petrochemical plants, processing industries, power plants, offshore platforms, fuel filling stations, water and wastewater industries, and more, when the failure to adopt safe working practices could result in the ignition of flammable gases or combustible dust.

EEMUA 186 is closely associated with the CompEx® scheme which determines core competency for safe working in potentially hazardous, flammable or explosive atmospheres by checking both the underpinning knowledge and practical skills and attributes of candidates.

EEMUA Publication 186 is available to purchase directly from EEMUA through the Shop. Alternatively orders can be placed by emailing, or by contacting the Sales Department on + 44 (0)207 488 0801.

New EEMUA Industry Information Sheet on technical selection of NDE techniques

A key item for hazardous industries to understand is that while non-destructive examination (NDE) is a useful tool in the evaluation of continuing Fitness For Service (FFS), it must be used appropriately. This requires an understanding of the limitations of the techniques used, especially when dealing with geometries, environments, materials and access conditions which differ from previously validated applications. EEMUA Industry Information Sheet 1 - "Technical selection of NDE techniques when evaluating the mechanical integrity of industrial plant" - provides information that may be considered helpful in evaluating the selection of NDE techniques for specific applications to assess the FFS of industrial assets and lists some relevant (non-exhaustive) source material which may provide further information in this area.

EEMUA Industry Information Sheet 1 is freely available to download.

EEMUA publishes all new edition of world-renowned tank guidance – EEMUA 159

EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association, has published Edition 4 of its world-renowned tank guidance EEMUA Publication 159, "Above ground flat bottomed storage tanks – a guide to inspection, maintenance and repair".

EEMUA 159 has undergone a complete revision from the last edition. There are now appendices offering additional guidance on how to perform assessment calculations on tank components, illustrated by means of sample calculations, as well as on repair methods. There are also numerous new sections, such as on snow loading, planar tilt and overplating.

EEMUA 159 is intended primarily to assist in the establishment of essential inspection and maintenance requirements for aboveground vertical cylindrical, steel storage tanks, in order to minimise in-service problems and extend useful life. However, for such requirements to be properly interpreted and understood, comprehensive guidance is given on many key design features, on common problems experienced during operation and on repair methods.

The new edition also introduces what is believed to be the world's only combined theory of risk based inspection (RBI) and reliability centred maintenance (RCM) - the "probabilistic preventive maintenance methodology". The different and non-harmonised methodologies of RBI and RCM, since their initiations throughout various aspects of industry (not only storage tanks), have never been combined in the way proposed and implemented in EEMUA 159. The process is time based, condition based and reactive.

The new Edition 4 is available to purchase directly from EEMUA through the Shop. Alternatively orders can be placed by emailing, or by contacting the Sales Department on + 44 (0)207 488 0801.

EDF Energy joins EEMUA

EDF Energy has become the latest organisation to join EEMUA.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, EDF Energy is one of the UK's largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity.

EEMUA's chief executive, Clive Tayler, said it was great news that EDF Energy had decided to join EEMUA, and meant that the Association now had very strong representation across the power generation sector.

EDF Energy's Head of Engineering, Wolfgang Hahn, commented: "We have been aware for some time that other major power companies are already members of EEMUA, and that they do appreciate the information, networking opportunities and news updates that EEMUA provides. Those factors, plus the opportunities afforded through membership of EEMUA to influence standards and best practice, made a compelling case for us to join."

EEMUA is an international non-profit membership organisation that aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.

Tata Steel extends EEMUA membership Europe-wide

Tata Steel has extended its membership of EEMUA from just the UK strip-steel hub to include all of its manufacturing and related operations Europe-wide.

EEMUA chief executive, Clive Tayler, commented: "Since joining the Association, Tata Steel has been an active contributor to EEMUA's work programmes and we certainly welcome their closer involvement with the Association on an international level."

Kevin Peacock, Tata Steel Europe's Group Asset Integrity Engineer, commented about the development, "We are adopting a one-company approach, wherein all the businesses (that are now part of the organisation) are also part of the same thought process and follow the same procedures, practices and standards. EEMUA is very much a part of this approach."

Tata Steel Europe's parent, Tata Steel, is one of the world's top ten steel producers with an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and approximately 80,000 employees across four continents.

EEMUA Board nominates Chief Executive Designate

Clive Tayler

Dr Stefan Kukula

It is announced that Dr Stefan Kukula, EEMUA's Technical Director, will succeed Clive Tayler as the Association's Chief Executive on 1 May 2014.

Clive Tayler will continue to lead EEMUA in the role until the handover on 1 May, whereupon he will stand down but remain on the Board in an advisory capacity until the summer of this year.

Click to download the full announcement from EEMUA.



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