Part of asset life extension involves the inspection and maintenance of ageing equipment.
During 2022, Thorne & Derrick were employed by a major energy company to assist in the upgrade and change out of ageing and obsolete hazardous area electrical equipment on an FPSO which was being brought back into operation after many years sitting idle. The vessel had originally been built in 2000 and was due to be upgraded and put back into operation.
Contractors began inspection of hazardous area equipment and soon found failure rates far exceeded the predicted 3%. Equipment was found to be damaged beyond repair, spares were no longer available and equipment no longer complied with relevant IECEX standards.
By Thorne & Derrick International