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Xodus presents new guidelines

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Xodus Group has recently revealed a new set of industry guidelines that are designed to tackle erosion and erosion-corrosion at a conference in Aberdeen.

Erosion accounts for over 10% of oil leaks in the North Sea, often resulting in unexpected failures or overly stringent production limits. The new Energy Institute guidelines aim to address this issue by providing a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference with information on erosion assessment, measurement and management.

Neil Barton, Consultant Engineer at Xodus Group, will present an overview of the new guidelines at Asset 2016. This is the Energy Institute’s asset integrity management conference series, which took place on 4 October in Aberdeen. Barton authored the guidelines with the support of a committee and the Energy Institute.

As oil and gas assets mature, there is an increasing need for guidelines, which can benefit all engineers working in the areas of pipework integrity, corrosion and flow assurance.

Mr Barton said: “Because it [erosion] is a moderately rare occurrence, it can be missed and it is difficult to build up a good understanding of the subject, particularly when companies are downsizing and technical roles are continually changing. We hope these guidelines will increase knowledge and good practice towards a safe, secure working environment when dealing with erosion and erosion-corrosion.”

Jim McGhee, Xodus Group’s Vibration Engineering Technical Lead, will also be presenting on the risks of vibration fatigue. He said: “With declining production profiles, reduced overall flowrates and the continuing squeeze on operational budgets, there is a danger that the threat of vibration induced fatigue failure in ageing assets is overlooked. If the overall age of the asset and the nominal production rates are not reliable indicators of vibration risk, we need to quantify the risk of vibration induced fatigue failure on ageing assets to effectively manage these risks and minimise the cost of doing so.”

Asset 2016 promotes technical guidance and strategies for asset integrity across the oil and gas sector and provides the opportunity to hear from regulators, operators and specialist advisors.

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