Lockheed Martin assessing way forward for UK offshore maintenance

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UKLockheed Martin is conducting a technology landscaping study for an offshore asset integrity project targeting advances in process vessel inspection and managing corrosion under insulation (CUI).

Total E&P UK and Amec Foster Wheeler are leading the project, which is supported by Britain’s Technology Leadership Board, Oil & Gas UK, Oil & Gas Authority, Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), and Industry Technology Facilitator.

The UK oil and gas industry is struggling with rising production costs, falling oil prices, and ageing facilities that require increasingly expensive maintenance. The new initiative is seeking to make inspection and maintenance safer, quicker, easier, and cheaper to perform, in order to lessen offshore downtime.

Lockheed Martin’s study will map out all the existing technologies and companies involved in maintenance and inspection and identify relevant technologies and processes that are either new or not presently used offshore. These include technologies that have been applied for NASA’s space shuttle program.

Ian Phillips, OGIC’s chief executive, said the study was “the first step in a project which will propose the adoption of new technologies, technologies from other industry sectors and the development of working methods where services can be combined in a logical, quicker and therefore cheaper manner. It will also propose the introduction of new products and services to lower costs and/or improve safety.”


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