Risk based inspection methodology (RBI) for pressure vessels of oil and gas processing facilities

  • Nguyen Thanh Thai
  • Nguyen Thanh Hung
  • Tran Nguyen Quy
Keywords: Technical inspection, risk analysis (RA), pressure vessel, oil and gas processing, RBI


Risk based inspection methodology (RBI) has been applied in analysis and assessment of risks that equipment can cause, especially equipment/system with high level of risk, in order to optimise resources in the development of equipment inspection and maintenance plans.

Based on the provisions of Vietnamese law, international regulations (with API and ASME standards as the foundation) and the actual application of RBI methodology in Vietnam, the Petrovietnam Maintenance and Repair Corporation (PVMR) has studied and established the risk based inspection methodology for pressure vessels of oil and gas processing facilities.



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How to Cite
Nguyen Thanh Thai, Nguyen Thanh Hung, & Tran Nguyen Quy. (2021). Risk based inspection methodology (RBI) for pressure vessels of oil and gas processing facilities. Petrovietnam Journal, 3, 52 - 57. https://doi.org/10.47800/PVJ.2021.03-07