A recent technical symposium saw industry representatives and TWI experts coming together to discuss the challenges and issues associated with the management of ageing assets in the North Sea.
Ageing and mature asset management continues to be a challenge in industry, and the symposium provided an opportunity to dissect the associated technical and competency challenges, exchange technical knowhow, increase awareness and anticipate future challenges.
Chaired by TWI Technology Fellow, Professor John Wintle, the event at TWI Technology Centre Aberdeen boasted attendance from over 40 industrial experts ranging from operators and regulators to academics and professional members. Guest speakers included Steve Garrett (UK Global Technology Centre, Chevron), who opened the symposium and addressed technology challenges from a North Sea perspective; Stuart Robertson (Maersk Oil), who provided an overview of the STRIMO project, addressing structural, mooring and pipeline work completed on the Janice FPU; Graham Stewart (Lloyd's Register), who addressed developments in flexible riser analysis; and Dr Alwyn McLeary (BP), who addressed NDT and repair solutions for harsh environments.
The symposium stimulated rich discussion, presenting delegates with the opportunity to express their thoughts on potential solutions to better manage mature assets. Technical sessions in the afternoon, chaired by TWI Technology Fellows Richard Pargeter (ferritic steels) and Peter Mudge (NDT), covered integrity and asset management, materials, welding and NDT issues associated with ageing assets in the North Sea.
The symposium also marked the opening of TWI Aberdeen's newly expanded facilities that has seen the size of the office double, offering a greater amount of teaching space with dedicated practical areas for dye penetrant inspection, magnetic particle inspection, ultrasonic testing, eddy current testing, phased array and NDT training.
Further symposia will be held in 2015, including Houston and Malaysia. Should you wish to express your interest in attending, or propose topics for future workshops, please feel free to contact the oil and gas team - we would welcome your feedback and comments.