Aberdeen mechanical services company EnerMech Ltd has joined an oil and gas industry steering group which is reviewing guidelines on the use of flexible hose management.
Conducted under the auspices of The Energy Institute, the group comprises of operators such as Talisman, Chevron and Nexen and major suppliers, and will review the current UKOOA guidelines which were established in 2003.
The Energy Institute is the leading professional body for the energy industries and supports 13,500 professionals internationally.
The guidelines, which are expected to be completed by April 2010, will set a benchmark for the management, technical controls and procedures needed to ensure the integrity of Flexible Hose Assemblies (FHAs) throughout their lifecycle.
Gary McRobb, EnerMech's business development manager (Hydraulics), said, "We have spent a great deal of time and investment in developing our own hose management program and our inclusion in this steering group allows us to make a meaningful contribution to any new standards the industry may adopt."
EnerMech has developed a unique Online Hose Management system (OHM) which allows clients to access all critical information regarding FHA's via a secure internet link.
The 24-7 software system offers clients hose specification and inspection information and intelligent reporting functions which can be run from any remote international location.
The company also deploys RFID tagging (radio frequency identification) to gather accurate maintenance status and location information of critical service FHAs, ensuring integrity of key systems for clients assets.