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Risk Based Inspection

Oil & Gas Industries

Day to Day Problems:

In today's highly competitive market, it has become a priority for continuous operations, particularly in the Oil & Gas sector, to avoid any unplanned shutdowns. Additionally, worldwide regulatory incentives are also pushing for improved risk management aimed at protecting the environment and citizens from major industrial hazards. Companies must therefore ensure that their equipment is safe, reliable and does not create threats to the surrounding environment.

Resolution:
What is Risk-Based Inspection (RBI)?

Risk-Based Inspection is a process that identifies, assesses and maps industrial risks, which can compromise equipment integrity in both pressurized equipment and structural elements. RBI addresses risks that can be controlled through proper inspections and analysis. During the RBI process, engineers design inspection strategies (what, when, how to inspect) that most efficiently match forecasted or observed degradation mechanisms.

What are the key benefits?
Operators implementing RBI can benefit from the following:
  • Increased knowledge of equipment which may pose a potential risk.
  • More reliable equipment and plant operation.
  • Increased safety.
  • Cost optimization while substituting non-invasive inspection techniques.
  • Possibility to tailor shutdown scope.
  • Option to extend run lengths where applicable national regulations permit it.
  • Increased teamwork during the implementation process.
  • Development of a knowledge database including equipment design, process features, damage mechanisms and inspection strategies.
OUR APPROACH

SIEVERT offers clients various ways to implement RBI, from full involvement with the client to complete service outsourcing. RBI can be applied to a pilot or full-scale project. In both cases, the process is similar and involves:

  • Identification of process streams / corrosion loops, marking up P&IDs.
  • Data collection (equipment design, process data, inspection records) and analysis.
  • Database population and risk assessment.
  • Risk reduction through the selection of an adequate inspection strategy.
  • Long-term support is provided through on-site refresher courses, periodical audits and assistance.
Sievert Group of Companies