Setting the Industry Standard Worldwide through Risk-Based Inspection Solutions

  • Setting the Industry Standard Worldwide through Risk-Based Inspection Solutions - PinnacleART Case StudyA Houston-based energy company needed a solution to manage risk, optimize cost and maximize equipment availability of its facility.
  • Based on API 581 standards, PinnacleART’s experts developed a semi-quantitative RBI program.
  • As a result, the company can now optimize its “unit” turnarounds per a risk-based model instead of pre-determined intervals.

INTRODUCTION

A Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company operates in the United States, Middle East, North Africa and South America. As part of its asset integrity program, the company identified the need to implement a more robust inspection program that included Risk-Based Inspection (RBI).

CORPORATE CHALLENGE

Featuring more than 600 fixed equipment assets and an even larger quantity of piping assets, the company’s operations had implemented a time-based inspection program with a qualitative RBI methodology. Planned outages are conducted and often include intrusive inspections to satisfy the time-based inspection plans. Many of the assets have internal coatings for corrosion protection, which results in negligible corrosion rates as long as the coating is intact. Due to the asset’s increasing size and complexity and growing intrusive inspections, related production interruptions and maintenance costs were forecasted for the coming years. The company needed a solution to manage risk, optimize costs and maximize equipment availability, while following the Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice (RAGAGEP).