Another great year has passed re-confirming a growth trend for Stopson Italiana.
A slight recovery in oil price and general market demand is boosting our expectations for a brighter future ahead of us.
2017 has been a year of large investments for us in order to set up our Company for future growth: the acquisition of new calculation tools expanding our in-house capabilities to engineer complex projects, the implementation of technical documentation management system to support our ability and responsiveness to deal with most demanding Customers and project specs, the launch of SAP B1 ERP system scheduled for January 2018 are just a few examples of our enlarged platform to address next challenges.
Stopson Italiana remains grateful to all of our Customers who made that possible with their continuous support and trust and wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018!
How to limit the noise propagation (not only in Oil and Gas). Risks and countermeasures of a phenomenon as important as universally underrated.
The noise pollution’s matter has become a well-documented public domain anthology by now.
The World Health Organisation has reported that 40% of Europe’s population is exposed to noise levels in excess of 55dB. Moreover, noise pollution is ranked as second to air pollution, in terms of affecting our health and wellbeing, including diabetes, tinnitus and risk of heart disease.
Noise pollution in Oil and Gas
According to recent study achieved by PSE Healthy Energy and West Virginia University, some modern Oil and Gas techniques – such as hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) – produce noise that may increase adverse effects on human health.
Fracking can create noise at levels high enough to harm the health of people living nearby (source phys.org). “Oil and gas operations produce a complex symphony of noise types, including intermittent and continuous sounds and varying intensities,” argued PSE Healthy Energy Executive Director Seth Shonkoff.
An adequate set of policies should be specified, in order to safeguard residents and communities, such as particularly vulnerable populations (e.g. schools and hospitals). Noise mitigation techniques like perimeter sound walls, noise barriers and acoustic enclosures could represent the most appropriate solutions to hold back this phenomenon.
Noise impact on marine species
This is not all. A recent study led by International Fund for Animal Welfare, reveals the damaging impact of Oil
and Gas noise pollution on whales and dolphins. In the report, they put in evidence how new technologies should reduce their impact on marine environment during the exploration phase (source: International Fund for Animal Welfare).
Noise and Diseases
Numerous epidemiological studies have linked noise to adverse health outcomes too. They include diabetes, depression, birth complications and cognitive impairment in children.
In facts, apart from damage to hearing, exposure to excessive and constant noise can cause other health problems including:
Sleep and heart disease
Elevated blood pressure
Increased susceptibility to colds and other minor infections
Noise in Europe: limits and human tolerance
As we know, the loudness of noise is measured in decibels. Sensitivity to noise differs from one individual to the next, but experts believe that damage to hearing occurs when noise levels are higher than 85 decibels, which is about the loudness of heavy traffic.
Every year, 7 million people in Europe die from heart disease, which would put the toll from exposure to noise at around 210,000 deaths. In England heart disease kills 110,000 people annually, so the deaths linked to noise could be around 3,300.
2% of Europeans suffer severely disturbed sleep because of noise pollution. The researchers calculate that chronic exposure to loud traffic noise causes three percent of all cases of tinnitus, in which sufferers hear constant noise. Length of exposure is important too. In facts, it is not recommendable to listen to noises of 109 decibels for any longer than two minutes in row.
Noise and public health in U.S.
In US the noise phenomena has been studied deeply, causing a direct response by public health. The Health Impacts Project (HIP) provides since 2013 guidance for policy makers to identify the health consequences of potential projects by making public a national sample of health impact assessment.
Exposure Limits in U.S.
The U.S. EPA recommends an average 24-hr exposure limit of 55 A-weighted decibels (dBA) to protect the public from all adverse effects on health and welfare in residential areas. This limit is a day–night 24-hr average noise level (LDN), with a 10-dBA penalty applied to nighttime levels between 2200 and 0700 hours to account for sleep disruption and no penalty applied to daytime levels.
More info about the Noise sources and Soundproofing solutions in industrial sector can be found here.
After the attendance at Offshore Mediterranean Conference (Ravenna), Stopson Italiana is flying to Tokyo for GasTech 2017.
A continuous improvements in Manufacturing and a set of Soundproofing Solutions for Oil & Gas and Power Generation industries. The last technological innovation in Noise Control will be presented within GasTech, the world’s leading gas and LNG conference and exhibition.
Gastech will be in its 29th edition and 45th year when it arrives at the Makuhari Messe Chiba in Tokyo, Japan from 4 to 7 April 2017. The event will be hosted by the Japan Gastech Consortium made up of Japan’s top 10 natural gas and LNG companies.
Connecting 22000 technical innovators with commercial experts, the conference will draw 2000 conference delegates while its B2B exhibition will provide a platform for over 500 international exhibitors. Its many features and dedicated business networking programmes will also gather over 250 C-level and ministerial VIPs, 150 senior leaders who champion workforce diversity, as well as 250 young energy professionals.
GasTech in numbers:
8 country pavilions
4 dedicated Exhibition Zones
2 Product Showcase Theatres
dedicated networking zones
Online networking | features and attendees from all sectors | upstream / midstream / downstream