Engineered composite wraps are a cost-effective repair technology used across a range of
sectors to preserve the integrity of pipe systems and other
As a result of asset ageing, they are now commonly seen on a
range of both onshore and offshore structures, components and
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
However, many such repairs are now viewed as a more permanent
option and whilst in general their performance has proven to be
satisfactory, there continues to be significant uncertainty
relating to their long-term integrity and performance.
It is evident that making an informed judgement on the merits of
such repairs as a 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
Addressing these key knowledge gaps would enable the safer
exploitation of this cost-effective technology at a critical time
for the industry and provide a body of evidence from which both
operators and HSE can draw upon in identifying good practice.
HSL will lead a shared research programme aimed at
improving our knowledge and understanding of the long-term
integrity of engineered composite repairs.
The programme will be steered via a partnership of oil & gas
operators, composite repair companies and the regulator (HSE).
Improved collaboration between these stakeholders has been
identified as critical in maximising the economic recovery of the
UKCS and HSE welcomes the opportunity to provide financial support
for this research programme.
scope of work has been developed in response to the
issues raised during a series of workshops with industry and
For further information on how to participate in this shared
research project, please contact Paul Grant or David Johnson.