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Paradigm completes Apache fire safety project

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Since moving to a new office in Drumoak in 2014, Paradigm Flow Services has been able to provide test services with firewater deluge, subsea systems, specialist industrial cleaning and pressure testing facilities for oil and gas companies. The company has recently successfully completed a deluge remediation and replacement project in the Forties Field for Apache North Sea.

Remediation work carried out by Paradigm Flow Services

The remediation work was carried out on four of the Forties assets as part of the Paradigm’s Deluge Integrity Management service. The scope of the work included ensuring the lifetime of the system through internal pipework cleaning, providing temporary fire cover, conducting valve replacement work, cleaning drains and parts and testing the system with air and water.

On the Echo platform, Paradigm competed a separate scope of work, involving a remediation campaign to return all pipework of 3 in. and above back to its original condition, thereby reducing unnecessary costs. Moreover, the company has the replaced of all small bore pipework with a like-for-like substitute. With a 90-day deadline, Paradigm completed the works in 81 days, 9 days ahead of schedule.

Additional work at the fields

Paradigm also completed hydraulic modelling to verify that all changes were accurately captured and updated technical drawings to reflect the current system design. Due to the scale of the project the work took three years to complete. 

Alongside the remediation and replacement work, Paradigm has produced an asset integrity plan. The company will manage this as part of a two-year contract for further work scopes on the Forties and Beryl fields.

Continued provision of services in the future

Rob Bain, Managing Director of Paradigm Flow Services, said: “Our team has worked closely with Apache during the completion of these scopes of work and built a strong relationship with them. We are looking forward to building on this as we continue providing services as part of our Deluge Integrity Management Service which applies to the lifetime of safety critical fire water systems. Our technical experts will support the client in achieving an efficient and HSE compliant life-of-field solution for fire safety, underpinned by an annual MOT to ensure ongoing effectiveness.”

Adapted by press release by David Bizley

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