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Lloyd’s Register: challenges no excuse to cut costs on safety

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Lloyd’s Register Energy is challenging oil and gas companies to re-think their approach to safety, performance and technical innovation to secure the world’s changing energy supply in a sustainable way, from reservoir and refinery to beyond.

Duco de Haan, Lloyd’s Register Energy’s SVP of Commercial Development, said: “With a changing energy mix and increased challenges around innovative drilling techniques, the industry cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to safety.”

The leading compliance, integrity and specialist risk consultancy services group says industry must adapt to anticipated future market and technology developments, but that it must not lose sight of safety.

“All stakeholders across America and Canada have a responsibility and interest to assure the safety and reliability of new, ‘cleaner’ and more sustainable energy sources, to meet with increasing energy demands and government targets worldwide for reducing carbon emissions,” said de Haan.

“There will always be some level of risk associated with offshore and onshore energy production,” said de Haan. “But we can make operations safer by helping our clients manage and minimise risk.”

The company’s drilling integrity services and its risk consulting business, combined with its more traditional compliance, asset integrity and inspection services, offer the world's most comprehensive suite of technical services to owners and operators of energy facilities.

These new capabilities can apply expertise and technology to assist the development of oil and gas fields. Lloyd’s Register Energy’s suite of core technical services focus on subsurface, well engineering and operations, site survey and geo-engineering, facilities development solutions and power engineering, which are complemented by software and training products through to pipeline and onshore power generation services and total supply chain management.

As part of the OTC Houston conference programme, experts from Lloyd’s Register Energy will be presenting:

  • Advances in Drilling Technologies track: Fiber Optic Sensor Based Monitoring System for BOP.
  • Advances in Offshore Wind Energy track: Effects of Platform Pitching Motion on Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) Rotor.
  • Cutting-Edge Technologies on Deepwater Floaters track: Experimental Investigation of Extreme Waves - Comparison with Analytical Models and CFD.

From Lloyd’s Register Energy’s booth (#5171) experts will also be providing insight in to:

  • FLNG developments and Rules for Offshore Units.
  • Life mothballing and decommissioning versus asset life extension.
  • Mooring system challenges.
  • Cryogenic analysis guidance.
  • Cyber-attack issues in land and offshore drilling.
  • Unmanned aerial systems (aerial drones).
  • Global oil and gas survey results.
  • Client network findings from 30 senior executives in Houston findings.

“While industry is getting smarter at managing the performance of its key existing assets, there is still a long way ahead in adopting new innovations that better secure future oil recovery. We hope our insights for industry and the media at OTC Houston will encourage the debate around change,” highlighted John Wishart, Energy President of Lloyd’s Register.

80% of the world’s offshore rigs are surveyed by Lloyd’s Register Energy’s drilling services business. Its recent acquisitions, drilling training academies, Global Technology Centres and technology JIPs are evidence of their ambition to enhance the safety and reliability of the oil and gas industry.

De Haan said: “We are looking to the future on how safety will change through technology and innovation, where safety will drive the best performing companies.”

Lloyd’s Register Energy’s insight in to current energy challenges supports the theme for the OTC Houston.  Visit Lloyd’s Register Energy at OTC Exhibition and Conference (Houston), on Booth #5171.

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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