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Research article 06 Jul 2018

Research article | 06 Jul 2018

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Impact of wildfires on Canada's oilsands facilities

Nima Khakzad Nima Khakzad
  • Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft 2628BX, The Netherlands

Abstract. Exponential growth of oil and gas facilities in wildlands from one side and an anticipated increase of global warming from the other have exposed such facilities to an ever-increasing risk of wildfires. Extensive oilsands operations in Canadian wildlands especially in the Province of Alberta along with the recent massive wildfires in the province requires the development of quantitative risk assessment (QRA) methodologies which are presently lacking in the context of wildfire-related technological accidents. The present study is an attempt to integrate Canadian online wildfire information systems with current QRA techniques in a dynamic risk assessment framework for wildfire-prone process plants. The developed framework can easily be customized to other process plants potentially exposed to wildfires worldwide provided that the required wildfire information is available.

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The growing oilsands operations in Canada's wildlands from one hand and an anticipated increase in the frequency of wildfires, due to global warming, from the other hand can jeopardize the safety and integrity of oilsands facilities. The present study aims to develop a methodology, based on Canadian online wildfire information system and quantitative risk assessment techniques, for assessing the impact of wildfires on wildland-industrial interfaces with an emphasis on oilsands facilities.
The growing oilsands operations in Canada's wildlands from one hand and an anticipated increase...