Consultant - Ian Swindells

Qualifications/Training:

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Chemical Engineering Salford University 1981
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, South Bank University 1984

Career Profile:

His career has included 8 years in research on fires and explosions for the Health and Safety Executive and safety and hazard protection in the nuclear industry, followed by 20 years in offshore safety design and risk management, including 10 years holding senior positions in safety engineering consultancies in the oil and gas industry.   He has gained experience at a senior level in offshore and onshore process design, operations, safety engineering and risk management, and has managed the efficient execution of greenfield and brownfield projects during all stages of design.   He is a Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He has delivered courses in HAZOP Study, and risk assessment, and has lectured to the B.Sc. course in Chemical Engineering at  South Bank University.

Process Safety Review Experience

Client

Project

Safety Review

Duration

Location

Dana

Western Isles Development Health Risk Assessment.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

BP

Glen Lyon FPC Marine Activities.

HAZID

2 days

Aberdeen, UK

Nexen

Golden Eagle continued gas lift operation with gas lift SSIV passing.

HAZAN

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Technip

Skandi Arctic diving bell Launch and Recovery System (LARS)

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Grant and Ellon subsea light well Intervention from a LWI vessel.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Technip

Glen Lyon diving Launch and Recovery System (LARS) operation.

FMECA

2 days

Aberdeen, UK

WorleyParsons

West Qurna Early Production Bypass (EPB) operation with wet sour gas.

HAZOP

6 days

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Nexen

Buzzard manual sequencing of pig launcher isolation valves.

HAZAN

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

BP

Comparative review of the full surface firefighting options for the oil storage tanks at the Dalmeny Terminal.

ISD/HSE

1 day

Dalmeny, UK

Talisman-Sinopec

Tartan Platform Re-Start Readiness with respect to import of gas for start-up.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Shell

Kashagan onshore and offshore Flash Gas Compressor replacement.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

E.ON

Huntington gas re-injection into an existing producing well.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Premier Oil Norge AS

Bream subsea and FPSO topsides FEED hydrocarbon, utilities and marine systems.

HAZOP

15 days

Oslo, Norway

Total

NAU, Ellon, Forvie and Jura subsea light well Intervention from a LWI vessel.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

CNRI

Espoir Field drilling standalone and simultaneous operations between the Espoir WHT and the SKD Tender Barge Rig,

HAZID/ SIMOPS

2 days

Aberdeen, UK

Shell

Mossmorran Butane Boil-Off Compressor Rejuvenation Project.

HAZID/ HAZOP

2 days

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Dunbar D05 ambient valve risk assessment.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Maersk Oil

Ockley-Oakwood development simultaneous operations.

SIMOPS

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Maersk Oil

Gryphon LP and fuel gas compressors destruction, construction and installation.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Shell

Gamba terminal sealine replacement and modes of operation.

HAZOP

2 days

Rijswijk, Netherlands

Technip

Elgin PUQ jacking system safety review.

HAZID

1 day

Paris, France

BP

Ula Fire & Gas upgrade hazard review for the Q and D platforms.

HAZID

1 day

Stavanger, Norway

Talisman-Sinopec

Montrose BLP Project - Phase 1 simultaneous operations.

SIMOPS

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

ConocoPhillips Norway

Ekofisk 2/4J compression system debottlenecking options review.

HAZID

1 day

Stavanger, Norway

Talisman-Sinopec

Montrose-Arbroath BLP qualitative risk assessment of the dropped object risks during BLP jacket installation.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Shell

Anasuria review of the construction, installation and operation of reservoir sweeting and H2S scavenging.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Elgin A/B HP/LP interface between HP and LP flare systems and closed drains.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Alwyn North Extension Wells E1/E2/E3 subsea light well Intervention from a LWI vessel.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Total

West of Shetland simultaneous operations (production, drilling/ well intervention and subsea) at Laggan and Tormore templates.

SIMOPS

3 days

Aberdeen, UK

Shell

West Qurna Gas Gathering Project conceptual design.

HAZID

1 day

Dubai, UAE

Aker Solutions

Nyhamna Expansion EPCm Project. Expansion of gas processing, and compression facilities.

HAZOP

35 days

Oslo, Norway

Shell

Pearls Artificial Island and Steel Jacket concepts.

HAZID

2 days

Aberdeen, UK
Paris, France

Nexen

Buzzard wells B8 and B32 'B' annulus automatic depressurisation.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Elgin LP flare clean-up to remove oil based mud.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Annulus management systems for the 'A', 'B' and 'C' annuli of the HP/HT wells on Elgin and Franklin platforms.

HAZOP

8 days

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Elgin WHP well intervention activities.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Elgin Well G4 suspension activities.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Shell

Jordan Field Experiment review of proposed system for extraction of hydrocarbons from the rock strata.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

EnQuest/ WGPSN

Modifications to the process and utility systems on Thistle platform with respect to the Late Life Extension (LLX).

HAZOP

3 days

Aberdeen, UK

Total

Laggan-Toremore SPS and pipelines interface

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Talisman-Sinopec

Bleo Holm process system inhibits.

PHA

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

J P Kenny

OSPRAG Well Capping and Containment Risk Assessment.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Hess/ WGE(NS)

Triton Gas Import Phase III: import of HP gas containing H2S.

Coarse HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Maersk Olie Og

Halfdan B Phase IV Development: process, utilities and tie-ins.

HAZOP

12 days

Singapore

Talisman/ WGE(NS)

Fulmar fuel gas control valve modifications.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Talisman/ WGE(NS)

Buchan Alpha tank weld repairs to Columns A & E.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Maersk Oil

Al Shaheen rental compression tie-in and operation.

HAZID/ HAZOP

2 days

Doha, Qatar

Shell

Pearl GTL Project simultaneous well testing, slickline / E-line and acid stimulation operations.

HAZID

2 days

Doha, Qatar

TNK-BP

Gas Gathering in PU SNG Fields (Dual language – English/ Russian).

HAZOP

2 days

Nizhnevartovsk, Russia

TNK-BP

Belazorney Gas Processing Plant (Dual language – English/ Russian).

HAZOP

4 days

Nizhnevartovsk, Russia

TNK-BP

VTOF gas processing facility (Dual language – English/ Russian).

HAZOP

6 days

Nizhnevartovsk, Russia

TNK-BP

Ugragazperrabota MAU3 oil and gas processing facility (Dual language - English/ Russian).

HAZOP

18 days

Nizhnevartovsk, Russia

Apache

Apache compressor station additional compression for increased gas flow in the Egyptian Western Desert Northern Pipeline.

HAZOP

2 days

London, UK

Sigma3

Brent Delta decommissioning MS, ED & MPUS.

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Shell

Guillemot P2 producing well conversion to water injection (W3).

HAZID

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Lundin

Heather Produced Water Handling FEED.

Coarse HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Venture/ Petrofac

GKA oil export pipeline: crude oil export system on Kittiwake (metering, MOL pumps and tie-in the Forties pipeline).

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Statoil/ WGE(NS)

Heidrun fuel gas import and jet fuel system modifications

HAZOP/HAZID

1 day

Trondheim, Norway

BP

Schiehallion gas lift riser and topside modifications for gas disposal.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Sigma3

Merganser subsea tie-ins.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

TNK-BP

Ryazan refinery modernisation project akylation unit (Dual language - English/ Russian).

HAZOP

10 days

Ryazan, Russia

Total/ WGE(NS)

Grant flowline re-route.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

KDPC

Re-design of production manifold Complex 'D'.

HAZOP

3 days

Aberdeen, UK

Sigma3

Sheryl over Anasuria wells, flowlines, import and subsea production facilities.

HAZOP

1 day

Aberdeen, UK

Petrodar

Crude oil export pipeline system from the CPP to the terminal at Port Sudan, including pumping stations.

HAZOP

3 days

Khartoum, Sudan

Dolphin Energy

Review of the FEED process and utility systems at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar.

HAZOP

90 days

Paris, France

WorleyParsons

Modifications to the Tengiz refinery in Kazakhstan, including Claus Process reactor, LPG fractionation, LPG storage and loading, and steam system (Dual language - English/ Russian).

HAZOP

20 days

Tengiz, Kazakhstan

Amerada Hess

Scott platform detailed design utility and safety systems.

HAZOP

45 days

London, UK

Recent Career History:

 2010 - 2015                             Genesis Oil and Gas, Aberdeen

  Senior Consultant: Safety and Risk

  • Chairman for a variety of HAZID, HAZOP, FMECA, HAZAN, PHA, SIMOPS studies in the oil and gas and drilling sectors in the UK and abroad (Netherlands, Norway, UAE), including the Nyhamna Gas Terminal Expansion FEED and detailed design HAZOPs, the Bream subsea and FPSO topsides HAZOP, and West Qurna Early Production Bypass HAZOP.
  • Thorough review and update of St. Fergus COMAH Safety Report and Elgin-Franklin Safety Case.
  • Elgin well G4 safety support, including HAZOP of the annulus management systems on Elgin and Franklin platforms and a number of safety reviews to enable safety start-up of well G4 post incident.
  • Update of the Buzzard and Golden Eagle Safety Cases to include ERRV sharing between the platforms, as well as drilling rigs working in the vicinity of either installation.
  • Project manager for the development of safety and risk assessment studies for the Culzean HPHT development, including Quantitative Risk Assessment, Fire and Explosion Hazard Analysis, Escape, Evacuation and Rescue Analysis.
  • ISD/HSE review of the full surface and bund firefighting options for the oil storage tanks at the Dalmeny Terminal.
  • Review and update of Huntington subsea Performance Standards.

2001 - 2010                             Woodhill Frontier

Safety Consultant/ Head Safety Consultant

  • Chairman for a variety of HAZID and HAZOP studies in the oil and gas and drilling sectors in the UK and abroad (France, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Sudan), including a series of HAZOPs undertaken within Russia (conducted in dual language - English/ Russian) on a variety of onshore oil and gas processing facilities, refineries, gas transmission systems. 
  • Design Notification for the West Franklin WHP; a new tie-back to the Elgin-Franklin Complex operated by TOTAL E&P UK. 
  • Thorough Review of the Elgin-Franklin Safety Case.
  • Lead Engineer for BP Clair Design Safety Case.
  • Shell Brent platform utility leg pipework inspection and remedial activities, including HAZID and HAZOP of installation of pipework plugs and pigging.
  • Development of Combined Operations, Design Notifications and Operational Safety Cases for ExxonMobil, BHP Billiton, E.ON Ruhrgas, Petro-Canada.
  • Development of Safety Management Systems for operations in the North Sea and West Coast of Africa.
  • Provision of safety and risk operational support for a number of operators in the North Sea, namely ExxonMobil, Shell, TOTAL E&P UK, E.ON. Ruhrgas and Mustang Engineering/ ATP. Safety support to the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm Project, including risk assessment, hazard protection and review of safety documents.
  • Development of a suite of safety and risk assessment studies for a gas platform in the Southern North Sea in support of the Design Notification and Operational Safety Case.
  • Development of safety and risk assessment studies for a variety of offshore operators including BP, BHP Billiton, E.ON Ruhrgas, ExxonMobil, Maersk, Petro-Canada and Shell.
  • Identification of safety critical elements, development of performance standards and verification
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1997 - 2000                                              Altra Consultants

Principal Safety Engineer

  • Chairman for a variety of HAZOP and HAZID studies including modifications to the Tengiz onshore oil and gas production facility in Kazakhstan (conducted in dual language – English / Russian).  Development of a HAZOP procedure for a major operator.
  • Review of simultaneous drilling and production operations and procedures for offshore oil and gas production platforms, and optimisation to eliminate conflicts, reduce complexity and minimise risk.
  • Safety management system review and development for onshore drilling operations in Venezuela, preparation of bridging documents for operations between production platforms, well fracturing vessels and drilling rigs.
  • Preparation of major accident prevention documents for export and infield flowlines.
  • Quantitative risk assessment for SSIV installation on subsea production and gas lift flowlines, and surface separation facilities for UBD operations.
  • Review and comparison of UKCS and NCS regulations, standards and practices to identify areas of differential Capex between UK and Norwegian offshore installations.
  • Combined Operations Safety Cases for operations between a variety production platforms and drilling rigs, including development of Safety Management System and Emergency Response Bridging documents.
  • Identification of safety critical elements, development of performance standards and verification schemes, including planned maintenance routines for a variety of installations.
  • Provision of risk analysis training for engineers from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in India, including engagement of specialist external consultants.