There are an increasing number of floating production units (FPUs) in the world, there are currently some 250 operational units with an expected increase of a further 150 units, mostly ship shape, in the next five years.
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’
View our ‘Products and Services’ pages for more information. Please contact us for further information on any of our services.
The majority of floating offshore assets are required to undergo periodic surveys at two-and-a-half and five year intervals in order to comply with classification society specifications.
EM&I was invited to speak about its portfolio of innovative solutions for the global asset integrity sector at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which recently took place in Houston, Texas.
UK-based asset integrity specialist EM&I is pleased to announce that the Hull Inspection Techniques and Strategy (HITS) Joint Industry Project (JIP) has successfully entered its fifth year and recently enjoyed its biggest attendance yet at the last month’s FPSO Forum in Cumbria, which was hosted by the company.
Asset integrity solutions specialist EM&I is pleased to announce that the company has been unveiled as a winner at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards 2018.
EM&I is busy gearing up to host a packed week of events at the prestigious 40th FPSO Research Forum in picturesque Cumbria, UK.
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Asset integrity solutions provider EM&I’s regional general manager (RGM) Asia Pacific Peter Davies delivered a speech at the Offshore Arabia Conference, which took place on 1 March 2018 in Dubai, UAE.
EM&I Australia is pleased to announce that it has received NATA 17025 accreditation for non-destructive testing (NDT) services.
UK-based asset integrity services provider EM&I is pleased to announce that ABS has certified the company as a Recognized External Specialist for robotic inspection operations such as In Water ODIN®, ODIN® Mooring Chain and NoMan® remote visual surveys of confined spaces, including tanks.
UK-based asset integrity specialist EM&I Group is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr Pat Lawless as the company’s new CEO.
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.
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.
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EM&I is pleased to announce that the company has joined the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative project.
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.
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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.
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.
EM&I are pleased to announce that it has received a Master Services Agreement from deepwater drilling contractor Seadrill.
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EM&I is pleased to announce it has received 11 perfect FPAL industry standard scores from clients in the last 12 months.
EM&I is pleased to announce the completion of another successful campaign on the FPSO Kikeh off the coast of Labuan, Malaysia.
EM&I has won a contract from major drilling contractor Ensco for the Bottom in Water Survey (UWILD) on the Bureau Veritas-classed semi-submersible drilling rig ENSCO 5004.
EM&I's South America division have appointed a new regional general manager.
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.
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.
EM&I have received a service order for a NoMan® Tank Inspection of the 4 Starboard Cargo Oil tank on an FPSO based in the UK North Sea.
Pat Lawless (COO) of EM&I, who have been in the business of asset Integrity for over 35 years, and specialise in floating assets, was invited to give a paper on new asset integrity technologies at the recent FLNG/FSRU conference in London.
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Exmar has awarded EM&I an ODIN® contract for the diverless UWILD inspections on the Kissama accommodation barge operating offshore Cabinda, Angola.
EM&I chief operating officer Pat Lawless recently presented to the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, US, in partnership with both SBM and ABS.
EM&I has been awarded a nineth consecutive RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Award, which also means it is the fifth Gold Medal for Occupational Health and Safety.
EM&I Group COO Pat Lawless, assisted by EM&I's recently appointed partner in Angola Joaquim dos Santos, hosted and facilitated a workshop on 'Production Efficiency in Angola's Oil Sector' in Luanda.
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EM&I are investing in an intensive worldwide training programme for their onshore and offshore personnel.
EM&I Group has assembled an international team from their global organisation to carry out extensive baseline work on a major FPSO bound for Ghana.
EM&I's quality management system was successfully audited by ABS QE so that the whole EM&I Group could be accredited under a single certification rather than by individual company.
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EM&I is pleased to announce that it has won a third gold medal at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2014.
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.
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.
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