Developing and qualifying new technology to reduce operational risk and maximize value
Inherently Reliable Facilities
We operate in some of the most inhospitable parts of the worlds and must be confident that our platforms, facilities and pipelines can withstand the challenges they face - 24 hours a day. Our Facilities and Integrity flagship focuses on delivering technology solutions to our Upstream business that characterise, mitigate and manage risks. These may be modelling to predict the rate cracks appear in offshore risers under the strain of wind and waves, condition monitoring of our rotating equipment to develop timely maintenance programmes, non-intrusive inspection so we can investigate pipeline integrity, or new chemicals to inhibit corrosion or remediate hydrates.
Facilities & Integrity technologies deployed in Azerbaijan:
- Highly Reliable Chemical Injection Systems - efficient, reliable application of chemicals, supported by Chemical Management Suite (part of BP’s CIC Toolkit) to track performance. Deployed across ACG
- Equipment Out of Service (EOOS) - Monitoring tool, quantifies risk based on the integrity of the safeguards/ Safety Critical Elements, especially during maintenance. We have trialled EOOS in Central Azeri where we analysed risk from loss of containment on over 400 Safety Critical Elements.
- Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Inspection - surveys of the Sangachal pipeline nearshore approaches and periodic surveys of the Shah Deniz Alpha platform and export pipelines.
- Direct Electrical Heating - planned for Shah Deniz, as a tool to mitigate the development of hydrates