02 March 2017, 08:30 to 10:30

ABB / OGTC Breakfast Briefing - Non Intrusive Inspection - A route to increased production efficiency and reduced OPEX


With escalating OPEX costs, it has never been a more important time for the industry to demystify one of the most debated parts of Asset Integrity Management: Process Vessel Inspection. The opportunity of bringing new technology to assess the condition of vessels, non-invasively will deliver the UKCS up to 500m USD per annum benefit in terms of increased production and reduced maintenance costs.


02 March 2017, 08:30 to 10:30


The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
20 Queens Road
AB15 4ZT

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How effectively we, as an industry, deal with the challenge of vessel inspection through the adoption of existing and emerging technology will impact on the overall longevity of the industry. Furthermore, the increased presence of the “digital oil field” brings strong capabilities in mathematics, statistics, and data. This, alongside the application of new inspection technology, will go some way to reducing the costs and risks associated with Vessel Inspection.

This session will address these challenges and explore the innovative solutions needed to overcome them and demystify the perceived limitations in adopting NII.

It will identify how advanced inspection technologies and recommended practices can enable the industry to manage pressure vessel integrity issues in a more timely and accurate manner, and how they can contribute to increased levels of safety and production whilst eliminating the need for man entry.

This breakfast briefing introduces an initiative by Oil and Gas Technology Centre and ABB, to conduct an NII survey across the Upstream Oil and Gas Sector, to determine:

  • The extent to which NII is currently used
  • Barriers (technical, commercial and managerial) to application of NII
  • Quantification of potential benefits to operators in UKCS from deploying NII
  • Benchmark for application of NII
  • Increasing the profile and knowledge of NII across UKCS operators

The briefing aims to inform participants and provide an opportunity to shape and direct a greater level of uptake of NII across the UKCS. 

The benefits of NII where correctly deployed to established recommended practice include:

  • Increased equipment availability
  • Reduced total cost of inspection, reduced OPEX
  • Turnaround complexity and duration can be reduced, since NII can often be undertaken outside the event
  • Man entry into confined spaces, a potential hazardous activity, is avoided
  • Disturbance to the vessel, which can be a cause of damage, is minimised 
  • No vessel cleaning residues to manage


Rebecca Allison: Asset Integrity Solution Centre Manager with more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, Rebecca is charged with identifying specific technology gaps that remain in asset integrity and leads the team to identify and appraise the relevance, readiness and accessibility of existing technology in the market place to meet mature basin asset integrity challenges.

Billy Mackay, Oil & Gas Technology Centre Asset Integrity Specialist with 35 years’ experience in Inspection and Asset Integrity, with both Operators and Service Companies. He is a former Vice Chairman of the HOIS JIP, and is currently seconded from Total E&P UK Limited, where he held the position of Inspection Team Leader.

Paul Jackson: Paul is Immediate Past Chairman of the IMechE Pressure Systems Group committee and Function Leader, Inspection at ABB. He has over 30 years’ experience of pressure systems Design and Inspection.

Panel guests from operators and service providers.
Who should attend

The breakfast briefing will be of benefit to asset managers, operations managers, shutdown managers and managers with a responsibility for asset integrity and inspection.


08:30 Registration, tea / coffee and bacon rolls

08:45 Welcome and introduction - Rebecca Allison, Asset Integrity Solution Centre Manager, OGTC

09:00 NII and its application to Upstream Oil and Gas Operations - Paul Jackson Functional Leader, ABB Consulting

09:15 Panel discussion, 3 industry partners NII in practice, to reduce OPEX and turnaround complexity and duration - Paul Jackson, Billy Mackay & Industry Partners

10:15 NII Survey - Next steps, support required - Paul Jackson

10:30 Tea / coffee, networking and close

Fee per delegate


Ways to book

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Tel: Debby Law +44 (0)1642 372029 / Kim Stephen +44 (0)7392 879422