Integrated PIMS supporting an offshore pipeline system
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Peter Baars
Peter Baars, Matthias Lohaus
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As an operator of around 1200 kilometer offshore gas (and some liquid hydrocarbon) pipelines as well as around 20 kilometer onshore pipelines in the Netherlands in the Southern North Sea, GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. has decided to implement a Pipeline Integrity Management System (PIMS) in order to support its existing and future operational, in-service and corporate needs with regard to the management of pipeline integrity. The scope of the implementation involves various disciplines:
  • Collection and integration of data
  • Defect and corrosion assessment capabilities
  • Assessment of inhibitor efficiency
  • Interfaces to external systems
    • Maintenance & Work Order Management (IBM Maximo)
    • GIS (ESRI ArcGIS)
    • Drawing Control (Meridian)
    • Report & Document Management (Microsoft SharePoint)
The main aspect is the implementation of an enterprise pipeline database to support and manage all decision making activities. Besides the implementation of algorithms and regulatory requirements inside the analytical PIMS modules a main aspect is the definition of a Risk Model which will finally lead to an overall Integrity Management plan which is compliant to the Enterprise HSE Policy. The stepwise approach of the overall project was a key factor to the streamlined execution of the project till todays stage. This presentation outlines the realization of the project, techniques and technologies implemented as well as the challenges alongside with it.

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