An asset’s firewater-deluge system is critical in the operation of any oil- and gas-producing asset. Noncompliance can have wide-ranging, negative effects, varying from reputational damage, commercial losses, and, in the worst case, loss of life. Keeping these safety-critical systems in good working order gives personnel peace of mind that the systems designed to protect them will work when required and can be vital in giving time to evacuate an installation in case of emergency.
This paper outlines a 2-year project undertaken in a major UK continental shelf field to ensure that the safety-critical systems of five 35-year-old installations were all compliant with the relevant industry regulatory standards. This will include remedial technologies deployed, challenges faced in completing a large-scale project, asset-integrity-management systems formulated, and technologies developed to ensure continued compliance. This also will highlight the options that an operator can have at its disposal to ensure ongoing compliance of its safety-critical systems that have reached the end of their design life, ensuring they remain fit for purpose for a further 25 years of life of the assets in question.
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