In-service verification of offshore and onshore oil and gas facilities
Confirming the continued effectiveness of safety barriers
Verification represents the activities performed by a Verifier to confirm whether the assets Safety and Environmentally Critical Elements (SECEs) remain suitable, and are being maintained in adequate condition to meet the performance standards. It is based on a well-defined process of periodic assessment in order to confirm the continued effectiveness of an installations barriers.
A valuable verification scheme is 'positive confirmation' that the assurance processes are combining in an effective manner to provide sound management of all major hazards on an asset.
The in-service verification scheme will define activities for operational suitability and brownfield modification initial suitability.
DNV has produced a service specification - DNVGL-SE-0466 - to provide a framework for carrying out in-service verification which details a consistent and structured approach for assessing the condition of critical barriers for offshore and onshore facilities in-service. Naturally, this is aimed at operators within EU countries that need support on how to apply the new EU Directive on Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations (2013/30/EU), but equally it can be applied in countries with limited regulatory requirements where operators can take advantage of a consistency in approach to safety barrier management.
With verification hubs at key oil and gas locations around the world, we can provide a high quality of service wherever you are working.
What we do:
- Develop documented performance standards/requirements for each safety barrier, stipulating clear criteria used to assure its effectiveness
- Establish a verification scheme to independently confirm the fulfillment of each performance standard criteria (examine, witness, test or audit)
- Carry out periodic assessments to confirm the continued effectiveness of safety barriers
- Full detailed reporting including our recommendations on technical findings with appropriate follow up with operators responsible personnel.