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Engineered Composite Repairs


Engineered composite wraps are a cost-effective repair Drilling Platform.pngtechnology used across a range of sectors to preserve 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 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 operator's approach.

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.

The scope of work has been developed in response to the issues raised during a series of workshops with industry and HSE.

For further information on how to participate in this shared research project, please contact Paul Grant or David Johnson.

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