Industrial facilities with Combustion Plants or Pressure Equipment (as specified by the Pressure Equipment Directive – PED (2014/68/EU)) are at risk they could experience accidents that could endanger site and local people and property. To ensure that robust processes and provisions are put in place for the safety of all, this type of equipment is covered by a standardised regulatory framework. Most of the equipment provided by Babcock Wanson falls within this category and we provide an overview of some of the implications below.
In most countries and / or continents, the local public authorities ensure the safety of this type of facility with:
- Manufacturing Standards: Standardising the manufacture of pressure equipment by calculation and codes for inspection.
- Operating Mode: Operating standards through operating modes of the boiler and its associated equipment. The operating modes can be differed considerably from country to country and even between regions but are generally a combination of permanent or periodic human surveillance plus a boiler control system design for safe operation guaranteed by the manufacturer.
- Performance Control through periodic inspection of the equipment by notified bodies. The performance in terms of reliability, energy efficiency and emissions (where relevant to environmental limits) are verified. The periodicity and the nature of these inspections may be very different from one country to another (=> See applicable local regulations)
Babcock Wanson designs its equipment to be in service for many years and therefore we take the long view and offer solutions that take into account current regulatory constraints and, where practicable, forthcoming regulatory constraints to provide long-term reliable operation of the equipment.