EM&I Group Asset Integrity Service Provider
The EM&I Group has more than 30 years’ experience as an independent specialist supplier of asset integrity management, inspection, repair and maintenance services to large multinationals in the oil, gas and energy industries.
The company’s wider industrial experience from the marine, power generation, petrochemical, refinery, nuclear and aerospace industries brings effective, innovative solutions to each and every client.
EM&I currently operates in Angola, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Equatorial Guinea, France, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Vietnam, the UK and the US.
EM&I has developed a suite of services around their concept of ‘no drydock safely’. The holistic range of services offered, helps their clients avoid having to send their floating production assets to drydock, presenting a very clear business case on the financial savings.
EM&I also has an extensive track record of safely delivering complex repair and maintenance projects from the top of the flare to underwater structural replacements.
Hull inspection techniques and strategy (HITS)
Many FPSO, MODU, FLNG and FSRU operators expect to remain on station for extended periods of up to 25 years, and this brings a number of integrity and compliance challenges particularly in a climate of cost reduction.
A primary reason for coming off station is related to maintaining hull integrity and managing mooring / station keeping capability.
Regulators and class societies require operators to demonstrate the integrity of these key components and traditionally this was achieved by drydocking.
More recently alternative methods, such as divers or work-class ROVs, have been used but these solutions are costly and incur significant safety, commercial and technical risk.
The industry responded by forming the hull inspection techniques and strategy (HITS) JIP to look at ways of improving the approach to hull inspections and one of the key areas of focus was the inspection of the underwater hull.
The EM&I Group is a founder member of HITS and has been a market leader in asset integrity management services to the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years.
ODIN® – diverless hull inspection
The development of ODIN, EM&I’s Diverless UWILD (underwater inspection in lieu of drydocking) methodology is an intrinsic part of the ‘No Drydock…Safely’ package.
ODIN is a complete hull structural integrity package which gives operators and regulators better information on hull condition.
It was demonstrated to class societies, regulators and operators worldwide in 2014 which led to acceptance by the major class societies and Bahamas Flag.
ODIN enables the inspection of the outside of the hull from within, avoiding removal of marine growth and avoiding damaging coatings.
The ODIN methodology was proven and refined on two operating FPSOs in Brazil in 2014 and two drillships in 2015. Orders have been placed for five more ODIN projects as part of fleet wide contracts for major FPSO and drilling organisations.
NoMan™ – remote inspection of confined spaces
The innovation has not stopped with ODIN – the HITS JIP identified that another key industry driver was reducing the need for man entry into confined spaces for inspection.
For example, inspection of hull internal tank structures using rope access teams is already being challenged by using ROVs in water ballast tanks, UAVs are also being tried out. However, the use of sophisticated cameras on carbon-fibre manipulators using laser scanning and photogrammetry is showing significant advantages.
These methods have ready applications to the increasing number of FLNG and FRSU assets that service the gas sector with additional innovations being developed such as backscatter computed tomography (BCT), a technique that can ‘see’ through multiple layers of different materials but only requiring access from one side.
HullGuard™ diverless corrosion protection
Many FPSOs use sacrificial anodes. These often need replacement over an extended field life through depletion or damage, carrying cost and safety penalties. Impressed Current Cathodic Protection requires regular maintenance using divers or ROVs.
HullGuard is designed to prevent corrosion to the hull and associated structures throughout the asset’s lifetime, but without the use of divers or ROVs for installation or maintenance.
EM&I offer a complete corrosion management service for hull integrity and topsides systems.
Inspection, repair and maintenance
EM&I inspectors meet and exceed the industry standard competency requirements for the task in hand. In instances where our innovative methods are ahead of the development of industry standards, we have developed internal training and certification procedures to ensure personnel competency.
EM&I have developed a wide range of innovative and award-winning inspection techniques, as well as using the latest technology available on the market.
Our objective is to provide you with the optimum inspection and survey solution.
EM&I services are backed by a solid engineering and innovative technology. We have developed specialised equipment and methods that are proven to deliver value and enhance safety.
Our experienced project management teams and documented systems means we efficiently manage multiple sub-contractors leaving you free to focus on your core business.
Safety and accreditation
EM&I has an excellent health and safety record and have been awarded the RoSPA gold medal four times as a result of eight consecutive gold awards for occupational health and safety. Other awards include the DTI Award for Safety Performance and the Seatrade Award for Innovation.
EM&I are accredited to ISO 9001: 2015 and inspection service standards are underpinned through the company’s ISO 17020 accreditation, allowing it to act as an independent inspection body.
The EM&I Group has a strong focus on innovation and continues to invest in improving integrity methods and enhancing safety, environmental and commercial performance – supporting the strategy of ‘No Drydock…Safely’
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Products and Services
UK-based asset integrity specialist EM&I is pleased to announce that the company has appointed Neil Woodcock as the new regional general manager for the Europe Africa region.Read more
Leading asset integrity specialist EM&I is pleased to announce that the company will be hosting the 40th FPSO Research Forum JIP week, which will be held for the first time in the UK early next year.Read more
Underwater inspections that necessitate the use of divers in confined spaces, such as hull inspections, expose personnel to a number of health and safety risks.Read more
EM&I is pleased to announce that the company has joined the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative project.Read more
EM&I is pleased to announce that it has received a number of excellent FPAL scores and highly positive feedback from SBM Offshore for the quality of the company's Ex Equipment inspection procedures.Read more
The oil and gas industry has been urgently pursuing technological advancements that reduce the personal safety risk and financial cost of placing personnel into confined spaces.Read more
Leading asset integrity group EM&I is pleased to announce several new appointments and promotions as part of the company's continuing global expansion efforts.Read more
EM&I have been granted the President's Award by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), as recognition for the company’s ten consecutive Gold awards.Read more
EM&I are pleased to announce that it has received a Master Services Agreement from deepwater drilling contractor Seadrill.Read more
New drilling and production contracts are being announced now oil prices are finally beginning to stabilise, however the industry organisations will need to regard asset integrity and safety standards as an even greater priority if they are to prosper in the current $50 per barrel environment.Read more
Pacific Drilling has once again awarded EM&I a contract to deliver ODIN® UWILD services, this time starting with an ROV survey on the Pacific Sharav, a DNV GL classed drillship operating for Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico.Read more
EM&I has signed a contract with BHP Billiton Petroleum Australia (BHP Billiton) to provide inspection management services to their Macedon Gas Plant and Pyrenees FPSO. Valued at A$8.2m more than three years, the contract is in addition to the services already provided at the Minerva Gas Plant.Read more
EM&I has successfully completed the first phase of a contract to conduct an ODIN® Alternative UWILD (underwater inspection in lieu of drydock) on Vantage Drilling's platinum explorer (PLX) ultra deepwater drillship in the Bay of Bengal.Read more
The EM&I Group was awarded a contract to conduct an underwater inspection in lieu of drydocking (UWILD) using EM&I's ODIN™ methodology on floating production units (FPU) located in Brazil.Read more
EM&I's unique camera insertion methodology, a component of its ODIN™ Diverless UWILD (underwater inspection in lieu of drydocking), is set to be used offshore Brazil.Read more
EM&I has successfully carried out an operation in Brazil this week using one of the company's latest innovations designed to expedite the changeover of flare tips on FPSOs, FlareSafe.Read more
EM&I's ODIN™ diverless underwater inspection in lieu of drydocking (UWILD) methodology was successfully demonstrated to ABS, Lloyds Register of Shipping, DnVGL, Bureau Veritas, the Bahamas Maritime Authority and SBM at EM&I's training and validation facility in the UK.Read more
Industry leading asset integrity service provider EM&I Group recently began an undergraduate work placement programme, a new initiative for the group, with the first successful candidate starting in EM&I's Perth, Australia office.Read more
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