Group News: April 2016

Oil and gas industry professionals target innovation in integrity management to reduce costs

monitor systems, forty years of forties, ApacheMore than 110 members of the oil and gas community met in Aberdeen on the 24-25th February 2016 to identify new approaches to asset integrity management in the UK North Sea.

Technology directors and technical experts from operators and service companies came together with representatives from the nuclear industry and academics at two workshops. Both workshops discussed in detail the potential for using new technology and innovation to unlock major production efficiencies and cost savings in the North Sea Oil & Gas industry. The workshops were part of an initiative by the (TLB) Technology Leadership Board to target advances in process vessel inspection and managing (CUI) Corrosion Under Insulation.

The project involves the TLB working in partnership with its industry champions, Total E&P UK and Amec Foster Wheeler, Oil & Gas UK, Oil & Gas Authority, (OGIC) Oil & Gas Innovation Centre and (ITF) Industry Technology Facilitator.

Attendees at the events were presented with the findings of a major study to identify processes and technologies from inside and outside the industry that could be applied to the two areas of asset integrity management; processes and technologies for both vessel inspection and CUI management.

Informed by the findings, attendees participated in groups aiming to evaluate potential solutions, define actions and any research and development requirements to bring additional products, services and new technologies into the industry.

The high level of engagement from companies within the sector, and from those from industries with suitable know how, demonstrated the commitment to achieve progress in both of these areas of asset integrity management. An excellent mix of expertise and knowledge was present at both workshops, exploring new technologies and processes that will deliver practical impacts and ultimately cost savings for the oil & gas industry.