MARINTEK has established the Centre for Petroleum Production Facilities (CPPF) “Operations and Safety”, together with three other leading research institutes (SINTEF, IFE and IRIS) , the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Stavanger (UiS).
CPPF set ambitious targets for the vision to improve lifetime and value contribution of petroleum facilities while assuring safety for people, environment and assets, and will be a significant international contributor to modern risk and safety methods and solutions for the O&G industry as well as the society.
The centre will work in close cooperation with the oil and gas industry, and have the following objectives:
- Extend field life
- Avoid major accidents
- Improve operating and asset integrity
- Manage ageing and new petroleum facilities efficiently
- Contribute to increasing the value potential
The Centre for Petroleum Production Facilities was opened by former Norwegian R&D Minister Tora Aasland at the ONS fair in Stavanger, Norway, at August 29th 2012.
In her statement, Tora Aasland, emphasized that "The oil and gas industry is by far Norway’s biggest, most important and most valuable industry, providing something like 3 to 4 times more revenue for the state than the next biggest industry sector. It is an industry Norway should be proud of." Aasland, currently County Governor in Rogaland, also stated that "The topic of life time extension for an oil/gas field and its facilities is both complex, very broad and requires specialist competence in many areas. It is not just to examine the remaining life of the steel or concrete structures, but requires a total overview of the optimum way in which to exploit the remaining hydrocarbons in the field with regard to economics, reliability of supply, and health safety and environment. To date, the process has been largely successful, - but there is always room for improvement. There is no room for a major accident. We must learn to anticipate the unexpected, and guard against it in an economic way."
Read more here: http://www.cppf.no
View the news conference here: http://media01.smartcom.no/Microsite/start.aspx?eventid=6884