Life left in ageing offshore structures
20 February 2008
Leading oil and gas experts will gather in London, UK, to decide how we can keep ageing offshore structures safe.
How to keep ageing oil structures safe
March 13 will see figures from academia, regulatory authorities and industry descend on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, all focussed in the common aim of maintaining the existing oil and gas supply.
High oil prices mean that ageing offshore operations are, once again, a viable source of energy.
With standards and guidelines almost totally focussed on new structures and components there is a danger that issues unique to existing rigs could be overlooked. The experts will be discussing relevant approaches and solutions.
Les Newman, a speaker at the event and principal engineer of Atkins Oil & Gas, said that offshore operations, previously considered inviable, were once more profitable due to the high cost of oil.
He stressed: ‘Ensuring safety and reliability on these rigs is a huge engineering challenge’.
Key areas covered will be approaches to life extension of ageing equipment, inspection and monitoring, safety and maintenance and repair philosophies.
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