Q&A: What can companies do in the downturn to improve NPT?

03 September 2015

Article - Improving NPT during a downturn - Conference banner 2 - 306x172Welcome to the second installment in a series of questions we asked our experts to address leading up to the IADC Asset Integrity & Reliability Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas.

You can read the first installment here.

An asset should always perform to its required design function both effectively and efficiently, but there are concerns that companies are reducing or deferring asset maintenance in an effort to get through the current downturn in the market.

How important is it for companies to maintain their asset integrity and reliability programs during the downturn?

We asked Lloyd’s Register Energy experts this question and received the following feedback.

What can companies do in the downturn to improve NPT?

Pieter van Asten, Sr. Manager Technical Concepts – Innovation, Lloyd’s Register Energy – Drilling: Train, educate and build experience within personnel. Improve management system effectiveness and operate and execute a line of sight that shows safety and reliability improvement. This means that all factors with an effect on safety and reliability must be recorded, reported and transparent for all stakeholders.

Gerard Gaal, Senior Reliability Consultant, Lloyd’s Register Energy – Drilling: Available technology and information have progressed significantly over the years. In the present downturn, one could improve existing ways of working through training, optimizing maintenance and spare parts with reliability management, or even use sensor technology to better understand the condition of assets.

Pieter and Gerard will both be on hand at the IADC Asset Integrity & Reliability Conference & Exhibition, September 16-17, 2015 at the Norris Conference Center in Houston, Texas to answer your questions about asset integrity and reliability.

If you have a question that you would like them to address, please leave a comment here and we will reach out to them for answers to be posted in a future installment of this series.

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