IRM Systems has announced two important advances in EPRS practice that will save clients time and significantly reduce the financial impact. First, by using a structured, process approach to emergency repair planning during an unplanned repair, the timeline from incident to re-commissioning can be dramatically compressed, minimizing downtime. The process is driven by the operator, can be applied to any pipeline and, in and of itself, costs nothing.
To illustrate, IRM Systems developed an EPRS for a client responsible for a remote deepwater pipeline in Asia Pacific. In the event of an unplanned repair, the client was faced with the prospect of an unacceptable repair delay that would have a considerable negative impact upon business.
“They wanted to source a safer, faster option that would provide the highest level of post-repair pipeline integrity,” said Schouten.
“We developed a modular solution that used vessels of opportunity to reduce the planned recovery time for a major repair by more than 250 days, representing a dramatic reduction in downtime and lost production.”
Based on a thorough understanding of the risks and repair scenarios for an asset, combinations of repair methods are selected. Procedures along the critical path – from isolation of the damaged section to re-commissioning – are optimized, and smarter contracting strategies for equipment and services are determined. Finally, roles of personnel and departments are aligned around the repair plan, so that each party works together during an emergency.
“EPRS is about implementing a sustainable capability which, hopefully, will never be called upon,” said Schouten.