Challenge

Our customer was planning a multi-phased shutdown at a major North Sea refinement terminal that processed crude oil from a pipeline system. With over 50 pipeline tie-ins to the live terminal plus many other pipework connections in need of hot work, the operator had to apply a stringent process safety management system when planning the project to reduce risk of incident. The application of the management system dictates the use of fully engineered solutions when carrying out hot work, therefore 50 pressurised hot work enclosures were required for all hot work activities for the duration of the complex project.

Planning

Safehouse Project Engineers visited the site several times before the project started to assess the scope of work and carry out in depth site surveys. All habitat Field Technicians were given full inductions prior to mobilisation to outline the work scope, site scope expectations and KPIs. Safehouse managed the pre-planning installation of the habitats to maintain tool time and maximise productivity.

Solution

To manage the complex nature of this project and to make sure that process safety standards were being met, our engineers visited the site in the lead-up to the project to assess the work scope and conduct site surveys. A senior project engineer was on site at all times alongside up to twelve habitat technicians to oversee the construction and ongoing management of each habitat, survey new habitat sites and liaise with the client to ensure the project ran smoothly. Site safety audits were carried out on an ongoing basis and senior management attended monthly sub-contractor site safety forums.

Outcome

Habitat operations were carried out in a major upgrade project as part of a multi-contractor workforce within budget, timescale and without any interruption to ongoing site operations. The project was completed successfully and on time, without any accidents or injuries involving Safehouse personnel.