Ageing and Life Extension of Offshore Facilities
Chapter 1. Structural Integrity Management of Ageing Offshore Structures: A Regulatory Perspective
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The North Sea offshore industry is now over 50 years old with the installation of the first platform in the North Sea in 1966. The majority of platforms have now exceeded their design lives and are considered to be ageing structures in the life-extension phase. Safe operation requires the implementation of structural integrity management systems that recognise the potential issues associated with damage, deterioration and obsolescence.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Energy Division and Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority(PSA)have been very active in the development and promotion of good practice in the integrity management of ageing offshore installations from...