North Sea: Independent verification provided for BP Clair fixed platform

Asset type: Fixed production platform and export pipelines.
Project scope: Independent verification under UK Safety Case Regulations for asset design, construction, installation and operation and integrity services during design and construction.
Client: BP Exploration Operating Company (BP).

We provided independent verification under UK safety case regulation for asset design, construction, installation and operation and integrity services during design and construction to BP's Clair platform the North Sea.

The BP Clair project brings the advantages of a Gulf-of-Mexico-style design and contracting arrangement to the environmentally challenging frontier of the North Sea, with significant cost advantages anticipated by our client. The large-scale, geographically diverse project required design appraisal in Houston and inspection at major fabrication sites in Norway and the UK and equipment package fabricators across Europe.

The implementation of different standards, practices and processes into a UK regulatory environment posed particular challenges for the verification scheme, which we embraced with an innovative and flexible approach. The client also valued our specialist technical capabilities in addressing the project’s difficult geo-technical aspects (foundations and piling).

Our independent services helped to assure the client of the suitability of the safety critical elements of the asset and that integrity was designed into the project, with material selection, equipment arrangement, insulation and corrosion monitoring arrangements being of particular focus.

We now act as the operational Independent Verification Body and continue to work closely with BP on a number of construction projects, including the provision of ongoing asset verification services and support to the Front End Engineering Design phase of the Claire Ridge development.

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