Guidance for temporary or permanent removal of equipment

Optimal have been instrumental in the technical drafting and editing of a guidance document, recently published by the Energy Institute in collaboration with their Ageing and Life Extension Committee (ALECOM).

The publication - 'Guidance on the management and maintenance of the integrity of structures, equipment and systems taken out of service on either a temporary or permanent basis in the upstream oil and gas industry' - defines good practice for the effective management and maintenance of equipment and systems withdrawn from service on a temporary or permanent basis, and can be utilised as a good starting point for potential considerations in terms of operationalising effective mothballing strategies.

Based on a compilation of good practice and equipment manufacturer recommended procedures, the guidelines address typical scenarios whilst taking regulatory requirements into account. The publication of the guide is timely given the prevailing challenging socio-economic environment and will provide asset owners and operators with options to manage their assets effectively whether they decide to take equipment out of service on a temporary or permanent basis. Further details are available in the Guidance document via Energy Institute or from Optimal.

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