HSE (UK Health and Safety Executive) Shared Research Project- Engineering Composite Repairs
Engineered composite wraps are a cost-effective repair technology used across a range of sectors to protect the integrity of pipe systems and other structural components. As a result of asset ageing, they are now commonly seen on a range of both onshore and offshore structures, components and equipment. Originally, such repairs were viewed as a temporary solution to allow production to continue uninterrupted until a more permanent repair or replacement option could be implemented during planned maintenance. However, many such repairs are now viewed as a more permanent operation and whilst in general their performance has proven to be satisfactory, there continues to be significant uncertainty relating to their long-term integrity solution is challenging and it is difficult for industry to be consistent in their use of such repair techniques and for the regulator (HSE) to assess an operator's approach.
The HSE held 2 workshops in Aberdeen where operators and repair companies jointly identified the specific issues of concern and proposed a series of activities designed to overcome these. A proposed programme of work that will be supported financially by HSE under their Shared Research Programme has been developed and HSE has already committed to providing £200,000 of funding. ITF is now seeking partners to join the project, providing additional funding and support.
6 partners have already signed up to participation (Shell, TAQA, ConocoPhillips, Sellafield, National Grid and SGN), but we are still looking for more participants.
If your company is interested in participating, please contact Keith Mackie (firstname.lastname@example.org)