Our Structural Integrity program fits with our Asset Integrity Management System by ensuring the integrity of all operational structures is maximized through careful design, safe operation and proper maintenance throughout the facilities' lifecycle. Structural Integrity programs ensure arrangements are in place to prevent significant incidents at structures that support our oil and natural gas production facilities.
Dropped Object Potential Surveys
Dropped Object Potential Surveys are conducted to inspect and ensure the asset integrity of our structures, and to avoid potential dropped objects that could occur, for example, from corroded structures. Dropped object audits make certain our work practices and procedures are industry compliant; if the audit process identifies any deviations, corrective actions are taken.
Dropped Object Potential Surveys completed on our Tiffany and Ninian platforms during 2014 helped us identify and remove corroded redundant items of equipment.
Our audit programs raise awareness within our workforce to the safety risks posed by dropped objects. By understanding the potential threats, we are better able to have procedures and measures in place to prevent occurrences.
Mooring Chain Integrity Program
Our Floating Production, Storage and Offtake (FPSO) vessels in Offshore Africa and Banff (North Sea) are held on location by mooring systems. Mooring systems are critical pieces of equipment as they are the sole means of holding the vessel in place when oil and natural gas productions are brought on board for processing and subsequent export.
Read our 2015 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders for more information on our Structural Integrity management programs.