A Holistic Approach to Life Extension of Fixed Offshore Platforms in Malaysian Waters

Ng, Sok Mooi (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Khan, Riaz (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Isnadi, Biramarta (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Lee, Luong Ann (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Saminal, Siti Nurshamshinazzatulbalqis (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.)



The objective of this paper is to share the holistic approach to managing aging fleet for offshore fixed steel structures. PETRONAS is currently operating a fleet of more than 200 fixed offshore structures in Malaysian water. More than half of it has exceeded the original design life. With enhanced oil recovery and other developing technologies, offshore platforms often than not are required to continue operating beyond its original design life.

A holistic approach for life extension of fixed offshore structures are being developed to ensure safe operations of the facilities. PETRONAS has started SIM journey since 2007. The approach of Data, Evaluation, Strategy and Programme in line with API RP 2SIM set the basis for managing the integrity of the offshore fleet. An integrated solution was developed to manage both topsides and substructures. The Structural Integrity Compliance System (SICS) which houses the integrity management of topsides deteriorations to prioritize resources through risk based anomalies management. Risk based underwater inspection also formed part of the solutions, addressing mainly extreme storm in the region. Other Major Accidental Hazards (MAHs) risk ranking included in SICS are vessel collision and seismic. Management of facilities with minimal redundancy such as guyed wire monopod is addressed through time based inspection. A regional hazard curve is also developed to ensure the facilities are meeting the acceptance criteria set forth by the industry.

Besides aging, other integrity triggers including shallow gas and subsidence required a different scheme in managing the integrity of the facilities, primarily addressed through a comprehensive monitoring programme.

There is no one size fit all recipe in managing the aged platforms for life extension. The data plays a crucial role in ensuring the right methodology is deployed in support of digitalization and data driven decision making. Implementation of the system is proven to be reliable in ensuring the offshore fixed structures are intact to support safe and continuous operations to the operator in a cost optimum manner. The data analytics help to enhance the predictive model to optimize the inspection and maintenance programme.

Strong ownership and commitment of the structural integrity engineers in ensuring the data integrity maintain the challenge in sustainability of the system and provide reliable source for data driven decision making to the operator.

Category: Operational Excellence (136 - Managing Aging Facilities)