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Paradigm wins deluge work and expands service Paradigm Flow Services has scooped £3 million worth of contracts for its deluge integrity management services in the past 6 months. Making the announcement at Offshore Europe this week, the firm also revealed it is expanding this service to further assist major oil and gas operators with pressing asset integrity issues.
The Aberdeenshire-based company, which detects, remediates and prevents subsea and topside blockages for the oil and gas industry, is augmenting its service to help ensure deluge and firewater systems are correctly designed, engineered, tested and maintained. By doubling its specialist in-house engineering team from 4 to 8, Paradigm now provides specific long term inspection and maintenance programmes. This integrates with the business plans of clients for ongoing operability and compliance beyond the fundamental remediation stage, to future proof these safety critical systems. Corrosion and marine growth is an industry-wide problem, particularly in ageing assets where the pipework can be more than 25 years old. This can restrict water flow, thin pipeline walls and also cause blockages in deluge pipes and
nozzles. Paradigm effectively tackles this issue and seeks action over reaction for industry going forward.
Rob Bain, managing director of Paradigm Flow Services, said: “Previously Paradigm was the problem fixer, returning operators to compliance when deluge systems failed. We still do that, but the issue of ongoing and recurring asset integrity issues is intensifying as North Sea assets age and needs a more strategic and proactive approach. It is essential to meet the required level of deluge and firewater system technical integrity for preservation of life, and safety case compliance from start up to decommissioning. Without continual asset assurance, integrity issues of this nature can risk lives and also hamper operations, which in turn impact the bottom line.”
micro-power and environmentally friendly chemical solutions used to tackle biofilm in firewater ring mains. Both of which can be used in live systems without the need for shutdown. The growing portfolio of contracts Paradigm has secured, saw the company expand its workforce to 50, requiring a satellite office to be taken on earlier this year. There are plans for further recruitment as demand for services continues to grow.
Paradigm’s holistic approach includes auditing, risk assessment, hydraulic modelling and surge analysis and application of engineering knowledge and expertise to apply correct overall procedure and assist throughout design, installation and commissioning. As part of remediation, Paradigm deploys unique technologies and methods in deluge preservation using mechanical
Rob Bain Managing Director Paradigm Flow Services
‘Artic Temperature’ test facility opens
The National Hyperbaric Centre of Aberdeen has recently invested in an ‘Environmental Testing Facility’ (ETF) as it continues to develop its Testing Department. The new, large environmental test laboratory has been installed to simulate conditions down to minus 25 Degrees Centigrade for the testing of offshore equipment, and in particular, subsea oilfield apparatus.
Testing Manager, Mike McDonald, said “The requirement to verify that critical oilfield equipment can withstand extremes of temperatures and then still function safely and efficiently is increasing requirement of many of our clients. The NHC is responding to customer requests and has decided to invest and expand its
capabilities, with even more investments on the horizon.” Even though deep ocean temperatures do not reach the extreme cold that the new ETF can simulate, the equipment can be stored on deck in such conditions and therefore needs to be capable of withstanding, and then functioning. “Typical subsea temperatures in the Arctic are around -2°C with a mixture of freshwater and sea water, but surface wind-chill adds to the complication of deploying any equipment, so testing with a good safety margin is sound engineering.” NHC has just started its first ‘chilly’ project with technicians wearing full winter gear whilst working in the ‘freezer’ – even in the height of summer.
For more information contact: Mike McDonald, National Hyperbaric Centre Ltd.
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