Solutions

Non-intrusive inspection survey

Sector

Entry TRL

TRL Achieved

Asset Integrity

9

9

Project summary

We worked with ABB to conduct an industry survey of major operators which identified that adopting non-intrusive insepction technology for inspectung process pressure vessels could deliver increased production and lower maintenance costs worth up to £242 million per year to the UKCS.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Adopting NII could deliver increased production and lower maintenance costs worth circa £242 million per year to the UKCS.
  • The use of NII on the UKCS is limited, with some operators currently making no use of the available technology.
  • Potentially, up to 80% of vessels could be examined non-intrusively, without requiring a shutdown.
  • Improved safety with up to 80% fewer confined space entries required, with a corresponding reduction in the number of line breaks and subsequent leak tests.
  • A 33% reduction in turnaround durations have been achieved.
  • Overall cost savings of up to 80% compared to inspections that involve entry into a vessel.

The survey report can be downloaded here.

Field trial

No

Economic value

  • Enhanced production efficiency

Non-economic value

  • Improved safety
  • Risk reduction

Project successful

  • Yes