EEMUA Conference 2017
8/3/2017 - 9/3/2017, Kenilworth, UK


EEMUA’s flagship biennial event is dedicated to providing insight and support on how owners and operators can continue to run process plant without compromising safety, integrity or compliance.

What to expect

•    Opportunity to explore how operators can continue to run process plant without compromising on safety, integrity or compliance.
•    Meet fellow engineers through in-conference workshops and expert presentations.
•    Industry-driven content, providing targeted learning and development opportunities from speakers across various industries and sectors.
•    A unique opportunity to share knowledge/experience with cross sector and cross industry peers.

Networking and sharing experiences amongst peers forms the foundation for EEMUA’s existence and we invite you to be part of that.

We have a selection of all-inclusive delegate packages that includes admission to both days' sessions, accommodation, lunches, refreshments and a complimentary ticket for the EEMUA Conference 2017 reception and dinner on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Hear the views of a recent delegate:

John Whitfield, Inspection and Integrity Manager, Essar Oil 

Don’t take our word for it…

"Always something you learn each day!"
– John Kokott, Essar

"The event was extremely well organised"
– Lee Norman, SABIC 

"Workshops and discussion panels worked very well"
– Tim Rudd, Valero

David Bright, Manager - Technology Group, Tata Steel

We hope that all our EEMUA member company participants will join in the EEMUA Conference 2017 event. I look forward to seeing you there.



Stefan Kukula
Chief Executive

10:00 - 10:15

Introduction and Welcome

10:15 - 10:50

Keynote 1: Paul Logan, HSE’s Director of Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards

10:50 - 11:25

Keynote 2: Marie Fallon, Director of Regulated Industry, Environment Agency

11:25 - 12:00

Keynote 3: Geert Verguysse, Process Safety Advisor, BASF Antwerpen N.V.

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:50

Breakout sessions - A

Tank foundations (A1) - Jan de Jong

A tank’s foundation is a critical part of its design. EEMUA has produced guidance in EEMUA 183: Prevention of tank bottom leakage - a guide for the design and repair of foundations and bottoms of vertical, cylindrical, steel storage tanks to assist operators. This workshop will invite members to discuss the latest technology and experiences including the requirements for soil investigations and soil engineering; the types of foundations with their pro’s and con’s; installation procedures and suitable materials for tank foundation. Attend this workshop if you wish to engage in meaningful debate regarding tank foundations.

Management of legacy systems (A2) - Neil Roberts

The UK Regulator, HSE, has identified a number of incidents during its routine inspections of operators where equipment can be subject to excessive pressure even though it is believed by the operator that the process safety equipment is adequate. The Pressure Relieving Safety Systems committee (PRS) has been working with the HSE to develop guidance to help operators manage accumulation of excessive pressure where the overpressure protection system may be undersized or inadequate due to shortcomings or deficiencies in the original design. This workshop will present the current state of the guidance and will request the membership to provide input through personal examples within their plant.

Management of electrical switchgear: refurbish, retrofit or replace? (A3) - Huw Jones

What are the strategies to maximise whole life performance (reliability, availability, usable capacity) whilst minimising whole life cost? Also, when is it in your interest to seek the benefits of technological advances, and when is it just not worth it? The answers are not always clear cut, but a methodical approach can help greatly in the evaluation of options, as some examples will illustrate.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout sessions - B

ASME B31.3 2014 PWHT Exemptions – an Operator’s Perspective (B1) - Kevin Millican

This presentation discusses the changes from an offshore oil and gas operator’s perspective, and the issues it raises with regards to existing process pipework and for future projects. ASME B31.3 no longer requires PWHT on carbon manganese steels if you apply a decent level of preheat. The EEMUA Piping Systems Committee (PSC) and Materials Technology Committee (MTC) plan to develop a new edition to the previously withdrawn EEMUA Publication 153: Supplement to ASME B31.3 to give the user additional guidelines on the considerations of post weld heat treatment (PWHT) to support the ASME code change.

Training for competency in inspectors (B2) - Mark Cooper

The User Inspectorates Committee (UIC) is planning to produce an Information Sheet (IS) on the assessment and monitoring of inspector competence within the UK. The IS is intended to provide a summary of ways of delivering the training and competency assessment of inspectors that are acceptable to UKAS during their accreditation of User Inspectorates. The current draft includes a number of procedures covering the training and competency assessment of inspectors used by User Inspectorates within the EEMUA membership. This workshop will describe those and debate whether there are other processes or alternatives within the membership that should be included in the guidance.

Functional safety management of installed SIS (B3) - Nic Butcher

Clear guidance exists for many things affecting workplace safety and the reduction of risk, but to date, not so for functional safety management of installed Safety Instrumented Systems. The requirements for function safety management are set out in IEC 61511, but the lifecycle described is focused on new SIS which may leave some conspicuous gaps in duty holders’ understanding of how best to manage existing installed SIS, especially where an installed system did not have conformance to IEC 61511 as an initial requirement. As will be explained, the UK HSE has been working with industry to develop a set of pragmatic guidelines to cover this situation.

14:50 - 15:10


15:10 - 16:00

Breakout sessions - C

Temporary repairs in piping (C1) - Andrew Pearson

Temporary repairs are now part and parcel of maintaining pipework. However, what constitutes a temporary repair can vary widely from plant to plant and industry to industry. All operators are agreed that good guidance will assist them in managing their plant. This workshop will examine what should be considered as temporary, how it should be inspected and managed and when it should be made more permanent. Output from the session will be used by the Piping Systems Committee (PSC) to develop guidance in the form of an EEMUA Publication.

Auditing to ISO/IEC 17020 (C2) - Stuart Tilley

ISO 17020 lays out the requirements for conformity assessment for various types of bodies performing inspection. It is used by UKAS as the underpinning document when accrediting and auditing those inspection bodies. The User Inspectorates Committee is undertaking the development of an Information Sheet to help inspection bodies design their auditing systems and prepare the necessary systems and procedures to maximise the chance of being awarded accreditation. This workshop will debate with all UI present what they believe is necessary and the correct process to undertake. Any UI accredited to ISO 17020 should attend this session.

How competent is your workforce? (C3) - Alan Cockerill

Many industry specific and international regulations refer to the need for competence assessment and validation. However, in the UK, clearly the one from HSE is the most influential. Newer technology requiring new skills, frequent restructuring, retirement of knowledgeable staff, and movement of staff between roles are all drivers for companies to assess, train and validate the competence of individuals in their workforce. In this session, we will share and discuss important competence and training related issues and good practice gathered from members of EEMUA’s newly formed Competence and Training Forum in the context of the HSE’s 15 Principle Competence Model.

16:10 - 17:00

Breakout sessions - D

Non-return valves (D1) - Andrew Walker

Non-return valves applications for machinery are a piping component but also one that has to be designed with the duty in mind. A review of a number of case histories where machine delivery non-return valves have failed to function as the design originally intended. This session will highlight the precautions that need to be taken when specifying non-return valves. It will also emphasise those type of equipment or duties where particular care is required for inspection to ensure that the non-return valves can perform their function without causing a safety incident.

The general application of Phased Array in industry (D2) - Jim Knowles

Phased Array ultrasonics (PA) is an advanced method of ultrasonic testing that is becoming more widely adopted within the engineering industry. Many EEMUA members have either employed the technique or had it proposed by third party inspection organisations. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the technique before entering a debate on how those attending use PA, their degrees of success and the limitations they have identified.

Innovative problem solving in complex situations (D3) - Karen Gadd

TRIZ is the toolkit, made by engineers for engineers, for fast problem solving of safety, integrity, or compliance contradictions and conflicts. This capability was created at the same time as all quality toolkits (now known as Lean, Six Sigma, Systems Thinking, Value Engineering etc.) but in isolation in Russia. This session reveals how TRIZ offers fundamentally different but complementary approaches for genius thinking, solving contradictions and for quickly mobilising available resources for sustainability and cost savings. It also shows 'Thinking in Time and Scale' to plot the best routes forward even in the most complex situations.

18:30 - 19:00

EEMUA Council Reception

19:00 - 19:30

Event Reception

19:30 - 22:00

DINNER with entertainment

22:00 - 24:00

Drinks at the bar

07:00 - 08:50


09:00 - 09:50

Keynote 4: IoT - Internet of Threats: Don't let your power plant become a hacker’s playground

09:50 - 10:10


10:10 - 11:00

Breakout sessions - E

Inspection of plastic tanks (E1) - Jez Hill

Plastic tanks used for chemical bulk storage applications have typically been regarded as “fit and forget” items, with lifetimes based purely on manufacturers' recommendations. This often does not take into account the specific conditions of tank usage, leading both to tank failure in service, and the unnecessary scrapping of serviceable tanks. EEMUA Publication 225 will address issues around the specification, installation, commissioning, inspection, maintenance, repair and disposal of plastic storage tanks, giving practical, pragmatic guidance for owners and operators of plastic tanks which will help reduce the risk of failure in service and enable the extension of service life where appropriate. This presentation will review the approaches taken.

Reliability-centred maintenance (E2) - Robin Essenius

Reliability-centred maintenance for the industry is a methodology intended to give guidance for maintenance programmes focused on reliability and risk management. This is in contrast with traditional methods that are based on consequence management. The basics of the methodology, as described in EEMUA 159, will be outlined as well as its applicability to other areas of the industry.

Cybersecurity for industrial automation and control systems (E3) - Anil Sood

Recent events have shown that cyber attacks on industrial installations are a significant and growing threat.  HSE has been working with industry to produce a Cyber Security Operational Guidance document. This represents the CA / HSE interpretation of current standards on industrial communication network and system security, and functional safety as they relate to the control of major hazards for safety to people and the environment. The guidance will be useful to duty holders of major hazard workplaces who own / operate IACS but also of use to IACS manufacturers and system integrators.This Operational Guidance could form one method of demonstrating compliance with relevant Health and Safety legislation, in order to demonstrate ALARP. Alternative equivalent means may also be used to demonstrate compliance. The primary purpose of the document is to facilitate consistency in Functional Safety inspection of COMAH and other sites where malicious cyber activity could pose a major accident risk to the health and / or safety of employees and / or members of the public and / or environment.

11:10 - 12:00

Breakout sessions - F

On-line testing of relief valves (F1) - Graham Sorbie

As part of its work programme the Pressure Relieving Safety Systems committee (PRS) conducted a members’ survey to identify the most important issues faced in process safety. High on the list was the on-line testing of relief valves. This workshop will set out the position that the PRS is taking in providing guidance and develop a debate amongst those present on how members are currently approaching the issue of on-line testing.

Competency of inspectors around Europe (F2) - Hervé Barthélémy

The ECUI membership includes representatives from seven different European countries. One would expect all inspectors within Europe to have equal competence so that inspections can be carried out with the same skills and capabilities. As part of its remit to promote the safe, reliable, and optimal use of process equipment by European industry the ECUI members have compared the processes each has adopted to guarantee the competency of their inspectors. This paper presented by the ECUI Chairman will summarise those processes and compare the approaches.

Developing succession planning (F3) - Jon Cummings

The discussion will be about Valero Pembroke’s approach to competency management, to ensure it has an actively managed succession plan for each discipline and each role within those disciplines as an effective tool for career development within the company.

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:50

Breakout sessions - G

Competencies for the Responsible Person – our experiences to date (G1) - Martin Jones

The CompEx Scheme’s Ex14 Responsible Person module introduced in 2016 a top-down approach to having a competent workforce and highlights the responsibilities and requirements to maintain an accurate asset register, the importance of recording the initial inspection results as well as the ongoing inspection schedules and managing the defect inventory to a manageable level. The session will expand on the experiences gained by candidates who have taken the Ex14 module and the benefits that it has brought to them. A short update regarding the worldwide growth of the CompEx Scheme will also be included.

A systematic process for civil and structural facilities management (G2) - Rabinder Manku / Ian Park

As highlighted at the EEMUA Conference 2015, the design, inspection and maintenance of civil and structural facilities is crucial for the safe operability of process plants and industrial assets. Building on this, the EEMUA Structural and Civil Engineering Forum is currently developing an information sheet on a systematic civil facilities management process. This workshop will discuss how this process can allow civil facilities to be robustly managed for inspection; based on asset planning, roles and responsibilities, “criticality” and risk evaluations. A risk-based matrix is then presented to highlight how post inspection maintenance and repairs can then be prioritised, taking into account criticality and the particular hazards and degradation mechanisms that affect civil structures. Civil facilities and infrastructure are vital in any asset, but, their criticality is often misunderstood. This session will be useful to asset owners on how more informed risk-based decisions can be made for the overall management of such facilities to ensure fitness in service.

Safety of analyser houses (G3) - Peter Pergande

On-line process analysers are frequently grouped together and installed in enclosed walk-in environmentally controlled analyser houses to ensure optimum conditions for performance and maintenance. However this creates some specific safety risks as flammable, toxic and potentially asphyxiating materials continuously flow into an enclosed space where electrical equipment is operating and which plant personnel frequently need to enter for maintenance of the analysers. The correct design and operation of the analyser house is essential to mitigate these risks. The presentation discusses the specific design criteria, monitoring, alarms and operating procedures required to reduce the risks together with details of other mitigating steps that can be used. The session also provides an overview of the international standards and EEMUA publications that are available to aid in the correct design and operation of analyser houses.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout sessions - H

Recent developments in bolted joint assessment (H1) - Stuart Brady

EN 1591 Part 1 “Flanges and their joints. Design rules for gasketed circular flange connections. Calculation” was developed in 2001 to provide a more comprehensive method of assessing the leak tightness and strength criteria of bolted joints, and to better consider the complete behaviour and interaction of the flange/bolt and gasket assembly. ASME PCC-1 was first published in 2000 and later updated in 2010 and 2013 to include Appendix O Assembly Bolt Stress determination”. This method is largely based on WRC 538 Determination of Pressure Boundary Joint Assembly Bolt Loads and in many ways is similar in approach to the EN 1591 Pt 1 method. This presentation will outline some of the main considerations of ASME PCC-1 Appendix O/WRC 538 and how it is currently being applied in practice. 

Stainless steel pipework systems operating in the range of 0 to 200°C (H2) - David Bogert

This workshop will examine the management of stainless steel pipework systems operating in the range from 0 to 200°C. There are significant quantities of pipework in this category in the power generation, oil and gas sectors. This session aims to explore and understand the methodologies for risk assessment for elevated temperature stainless steel pipework subject to CUI - SCC.

Questions of alignment – standards and regulation after Brexit (H3) - Tim Marks

With Brexit looming, concerns have been raised as to whether the UK will be able to keep manufacturing to European Standards and Directives. The European Directives such as ATEX, EMC, Machinery, Eco-design are legal directives that member states have to adopt into their legal systems. British Standards (BS), European Standards (EN) and International Standards (IEC and ISO) are sometimes adopted and lead to directives, sometimes follow legal requirements, or may have no mandatory requirement. Will UK manufacturers still need to manufacture to meet the directives? Will importers still have to abide by some or all of the directives? Will the UK notified bodies still be able to test and certify equipment that conforms to the ATEX directive, CE mark?

14:50 - 15:10


15:10 - 15:30

Panel Session

15:30 - 15:50

Staying connected and updated on EEMUA

15:50 - 16:00


The EEMUA Conference 2017 is open to all permanent EEMUA member and associate company personnel as well as qualifying operating personnel from non-member process plant owner/operator companies.

Price packages - click here for a full description of each option.

Which package is for you?

In order to ensure we cover as many of your requirements as possible, there are four packages available to choose from - Blue, Green, Yellow and Orange. 

Each package covers access to the two-day conference and includes a complimentary ticket for the EEMUA Conference 2017 reception and dinner on Wednesday 8th March 2017 – the Blue package.

The Green, Yellow and Orange packages give you the option to choose additional meals and accommodation on either the night before, the night after or on all three nights.

Group discounts available.

There is a five percent incremental discount for every five delegates registered at the same time. It is possible to register as many colleagues as required at the same time, as long as they too have a 'MyEEMUA' account.

Please note: Once you register a group of five or more delegates, you cannot add additional delegates to your group order and receive the discount without registering a new group of five or more. Please be sure to account for each delegate before submitting the registration form.

Register online in 3 easy steps.

  1. Click the ‘Register’ button at the top of this page. If you already have a 'My EEMUA' account, you will be required to log-in. If not, you can register yourself as a new customer using the same link. For member company users registering for the first time there is an additional validation step, so please wait for the ‘Welcome to EEMUA’ communication prior to registering for the Conference.
  2. From here you can enter the relevant details, choose the package you require and decide how you want to pay. You can also register as many of your colleagues at the same time as long as they too have a 'My EEMUA' account. Delegates registering at the same time have the option to choose different packages.
  3. Once you have completed the registration for you and any colleagues, you can then make payment. Those who choose to pay by credit or debit card will be able to pay immediately via our secure online server and once payment is processed, you will be able to view the event via ‘My Events & Training’ in 'My EEMUA'. Those who choose the invoice option can access this in the ‘My Orders’ section of ‘My EEMUA’.

Should you experience any issues with the site, or if you have any further questions, please contact the EEMUA Events team on Alternatively, you can call the EEMUA office on +44 207 488 0801.

The EEMUA Conference 2017 will be held at the Chesford Grange hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Chesford Grange is easily accessed by car from anywhere in the UK due to its proximity to the M40, M1 and M6 motorways. Warwick and Leamington Spa railway stations are only a short taxi ride away and have direct links to both London and Birmingham. Birmingham Airport is also close by, offering international and domestic flights.

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Set within acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of the River Avon, the hotel boasts spa and leisure facilities, free Wi-Fi and fine dining. 

Chesford Grange Hotel
United Kingdom
GPS coordinates: 52.323740 -1.559007


The EEMUA Conference offers networking opportunities, platforms to stimulate candid discussion and an open forum for industry debate.

Our event in 2015, Collaborate, was a great success. The overarching theme was Industrial assets: safer and longer operation. The theme reflected the fact that most process plant in Europe is getting older, but is expected to continue operating in a safe and reliable manner. Presentations and workshops included topics like: Considerations for ageing of new plant; Ageing rotating machinery; Design margins for pressure systems; Third-party inspection; National interpretation of Seveso 3, Temporary repairs and many more. Here more from some of the delegates below.

Stefan Kukula, Chief Executive, EEMUA

Cees Voermans, Reliability and Integrity Engineer, Shell

Some of the companies who have attended the EEMUA Conference in recent years:

Applus RTD UK
Ashland UK
AstraZeneca UK
BG Group
ConocoPhillips UK
Cristal Pigments UK
Dow Corning
ESB International
Essar Oil  
ExxonMobil Engineering (Europe)
Foster Wheeler Energy
Murco Petroleum
National Grid Grain Gas
Northern Gas Networks
NuStar Terminals
Oiltanking Europe
Phillips 66
RWE Npower
SABIC UK Petrochemicals
Scottish Power
Simon Storage
Tata Steel UK
Total UK
Sembcorp Utilities
URENCO ChemPlants Valero Energy
Veolia Environmental Services UK
Vivergo Fuels
Wales & West Utilities
World Fuel Services