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E414
Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities as Class I, Division 1 and Division 2

Timothy L. O'Hearn, PE

This course presents the guidelines for classifying locations Class I, Division 1 and Class I, Division 2 at petroleum facilities for the selection and installation of electrical equipment. These guidelines are based upon a level of knowledge gained through experience and through the successful application of these guidelines in the refining, drilling, and producing, and pipeline segments of the petroleum industry. The course is intended as only a guide and requires the application of sound engineering judgment. Electrical installations in areas where flammable liquids, flammable gases or vapors, or combustible liquids are produced, processed, stored, or otherwise handled can be suitably designed if the locations of potential sources of release and accumulation are clearly defined. Once a location has been classified, requirements for electrical equipment and associated wiring should be determined from applicable publications.

The course materials are based entirely on the “Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities as Class I, Division 1 and Division 2” API RP500, Third Edition, December 2012. It will be necessary for the student to obtain a copy of the “Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities as Class I, Division 1 and Division 2 API RP500, Third Edition, December 2012” or have access to a copy of this publication. This is a very useful resource and is recommended that all practicing electrical or project engineers involved in electrical installations and associated equipment engineering and design, construction, or maintenance should be familiar with and up to date with the guidelines in this practice.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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