Improving the risk and emergency response management system for Jurong Island, Singapore

Client: Singapore technologies electronic limited (Main contractor)/Jurong Town Corporation (End client)
Location: Singapore
Asset type: Hazmap system database

Client Background

Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) provides innovative system solutions to government, commercial, defence, and industrial customers worldwide.  With a presence in more than 30 cities in 20 countries, ST Electronics markets its solutions to more than 100 countries internationally. The division LR worked with for HAZMAP was their Large-Scale Systems Group (LSG™), an electronic system provider that serves customers in the areas of transportation, intelligent building and defence.

Business challenge for the customer

One of the main objectives of this project was to develop a risk assessment system to enhance system-level safety considerations for Jurong Island, a petrochemical hub in Singapore which houses more than 100 companies. The system will be used by several government agencies involved in safety and risk management work for major hazardous installations. These agencies include the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Jurong Town Corporation (JTC).

Over the past 20 years, quantitative risk assessment (QRA) reports submitted by the major hazardous installations have mainly been used to obtain approval to operate or construct their facilities in Singapore. Since the relevant data was already available for the entire Jurong Island and such data could be digitalized, it could also be collated and applied to risk management, land-use planning and emergency response purpose as well as just to obtain approval to operate or construct.

In addition, the government agencies had launched a new QRA guideline after almost 20 years, meaning all historic QRA reports were approved based on the old guidelines and required updating..

Addressing security threats is also a national issue and as Singapore is moving into the Smart City regime, JTC wanted to establish a collective database which stores all relevant data with geographical display and for easy access by their officers.

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How Lloyd's Register helped

Our team of risk management experts processed more than 350 quantitative risk assessment reports which had been approved over the last 20 years under the old QRA guidelines, including technical areas such as: hazard identification, source term modelling, consequence modelling, frequency assessment and risk summation.  We extracted the necessary information, regenerating the harm footprints (fire thermal radiation, explosion overpressure and toxic/flammable gas dispersion distances) and individual risk contours according to the revised QRA guidelines implemented in Singapore in April 2016.

As part of the HAZMAP system, we also developed a high-level risk assessment module to provide a guided and simplified approach to assess harm footprint, event frequency and individual risk contours for users who will be involved in land-use planning but not familiar with commercial software such as TNO EFFECTS or RISKCURVES.

 With more proficient use of advanced methodology such as Computational Fluid Dynamics and 3D risk assessment tools than many other QRA consultants within region, we were able to provide technical knowledge and know-how to the ST Electronics engineers (who have limited technical knowledge on QRA and land-use planning matters) in building the HAZMAP database, providing solutions when there were information gap or issues identified during the project.

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Results

This database will benefit the Government agencies and emergency response personnel, helping them to visualize the risk more effectively – be it the risk from a single company, a few companies in the cluster, or the entire Jurong Island. The database has a function to sum up risks from multiple sites.

The benefit will become even more evident once the database has been used by the agencies for land-use planning and risk management. This is very important to Singapore’s development as a nation as there is very limited land/ space in Singapore.  

Benefits

  • More accurate tracking and monitoring of risk management
  • A collective database which stores all relevant data, saving time and money
  • Enhance system-level safety considerations
  • Better Risk visualisation, from a single company to the entire Jurong Island.

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Customer testimonial

"The project is a complex one in many ways, it required deep subject matter knowledge, the ability to understand constraints and solve new problems, the discipline to keep to a tight timeline and the ability to communicate with several parties that may represent differing interests and priorities. Despite a difficult start to the project and new problems that cropped up quite frequently along the way, the LR team had shown enormous team spirit and collaborative effort, and dedication in providing the required resources (manpower/working hours) whenever necessary, to meet the uncompromising timeline and needs of the project. I'm grateful for the team's diligence in proactively raising issues with JTC for prompt discussions and closure. On a personal level, I've overseen several projects handled by Consultants in the past, and would rank LR's attitude and quality of work as one of the better ones"
- Project Manager in JTC