Oil and gas companies can optimize valve service through routine maintenance

Oil and gas companies can optimize valve service through routine maintenance

Offshore oil rigs have a number of unique factors that make servicing valves one of the most important aspects of an asset maintenance program, which often requires platform operators to have specialized certifications and equipment. But by developing a maintenance program to identify exactly when valves need servicing, facility operators can significantly lower downtime and drive up savings.

According to Offshore Magazine, creating a valve asset management program requires operators to work closely alongside a service provider to assess all predictive and preventative maintenance, and then develop a customized schedule for any given platform's valve portfolio. When performing this initial assessment, every valve's service and performance history must be taken into consideration to create a truly unique program.

"Why the need for a maintenance schedule customized down to each individual valve? No two valves will need to be serviced at exactly the same time, and a typical offshore platform will house several thousand valves – pressure relief valves, ball valves, butterfly valves, triple offset valves, and actuation, control and check valves," wrote Michael Romano of Pentair Valves and Controls. "Automatically scheduling valve maintenance on a single pre-determined cycle does not take into account the unique operating conditions or exposure to elements that an individual valve experiences."

Romano added that such experiences lead to premature valve failure, or even valve problems that occur less frequently than expected – both of which can lead to lengthy or unnecessary downtime. By taking a customized, integrated approach to developing a valve maintenance plan, facility operators can look at every unique factor.

According to the news source, valve asset management typically entails using a predictive – as opposed to an automatic – approach to scheduling maintenance. Based on the data derived from assessments, which include experience, observations, historical performance data, failure modes and tests, an operator can prioritize maintenance issues. An accurate schedule can then be created alongside an analysis of the probably and impact of any given valve failure.

"A successful program will help operators have the right mix of spare parts on hand to quickly fix issues when they arise, limiting downtime," Romano wrote.

When preparing to develop a comprehensive asset management solution, offshore facilities managers will need all platform asset data on servicing schedules, historical performance data, and inventory management data. Also, an operator should have on hand a performance indicator report, real-time monitoring and diagnostics on repair cycles and an early proposed preventative/planned maintenance schedule.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently held a forum on the use of performance-based regulatory models for the U.S. oil and gas industry. The meeting was held to assess possible changes to oil and gas regulations, which could impact inspections and necessary data needed for these investigations. 

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