Strategic Corrosion Management has secured an extension to an External Corrosion Condition survey contract with Maersk Oil, operators of the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) comprising Shell, Chevron, Maersk Oil and the Danish North Sea Fund.
The Cramlington-based company, which has an operation in Aberdeen, will deliver surveys and data management for three further assets in the Danish sector of the North Sea.
The 15-week project had led to SCM adding two specialist surveyors to its pool of engineers for the project.
In addition, to support this contract extension and along with other recent growth experienced by the company, SCM has recruited an in-office team to manage project deliverables and support new Client Training services for the RISCm toolset.
SCM secured the original commission to undertake Component and External Corrosion Condition surveys for the DUC through Maersk Oil in 2006. Having been engaged to deliver surveys of all the operator’s existing offshore platforms in the North Sea the successful completion of the contract included Surveys and data management on 52 individual platforms including the upgrade of Maersk Oil management systems by the installation of SCM’s Risk, Integrity, and Strategic Corrosion management (RISCm) toolset.
RISCm has been adopted for DUC by Maersk Oil as the preferred system of External Corrosion Management and SCM has worked closely with them to deliver specialist additions to RISCm supporting the survey and monitoring of Transits & Penetrations – a high risk aspect of asset integrity control. In RISCm this speciality addition integrates well with the others of Flanges and Bolting, Pipe Supports-Hangers and Springs, Temporary Repairs and Vessels.
Ian Cordingley, Managing Director of SCM, said: “We have established an excellent working relationship with Maersk Oil, which has enabled SCM to secure this contract extension based on our previously successful deliveries.
“By expanding the surveys of these three assets and entering the information into RISCm Maersk Oil engineers will be able to better manage their maintenance requirements going forward, increasing the operational lifespan of these platforms.”
He added: “The increasing demands of corrosion management within the oil & gas sector, particularly as operators manage life cycle extension of long-established assets, has created new opportunities for our company and enabled us to expand our workforce and enhance the technology-based solutions we offer to industry. Our success in the cost effective deployment of these Corrosion Management systems is mainly in due to the rapid data collection and collation mechanisms we use and our experience in all environments including H2S exposed plants and those with unusual construction or processes”