Black powder contamination is a widely used term for a highly pervasive particulate contamination found in all hydrocarbon facilities and pipelines, water systems, petrochemical powders, and other fluid and gas systems. All too often, its presence and negative impacts are accepted by industry as a cost of doing business. To prevent black powder from accumulating in systems and equipment, and allowing it to continue downstream, the goal for facility and pipeline operators should be first to eliminate the conditions for its development through proper root cause analysis and secondly to eliminate its presence as early as possible in the hydrocarbon value chain. Managing black powder requires knowledge and acceptance of its formation process and presence, and a plan and equipment to remove it.
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In the lead up to the Operational Excellence in Oil & Gas Summit, we sat down with Hugo Ashkar, Global Risk Manager and Diane Chadwick-Jones, Director of Human Performance at BP to discuss how they are establishing a Human Performance framework at the global energy giant.
Mr. Hutcherson is the CEO/Founder of Optimize Consulting, a organizational improvement firm providing strategic improvement solutions, which has been successful at improving federal and commercial organizations to include over $3 billion in cost savings plus has been associated with multiple improvement awards. Mr. Hutcherson created the “Organizational Optimization”ä methodology in 2006 and authored the book in 2014. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Sr. Member of the American Society for Quality. He has a Master’s in Business Management and Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and is a U.S. Air Force veteran and ex-mayoral candidate.
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