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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.

Address
Central Support Services,
Pembroke House, 3 Altrincham Road,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5ND,
United Kingdom
Phone
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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’s flexible approach means you get an integrity system tailored to your needs and budget.
The HITS JIP focuses on identifying and developing selected inspection methodologies.
The ODIN Diverless UWILD System delivers many benefits compared with conventional diver / ROV methods.
NoMan is a method for inspecting internal structures such as storage tanks and moon-pools without man entry.
HullGuard is designed to prevent corrosion to the hull and associated structures.
EM&I understand your business needs and focus on innovative Inspection and Survey methods.
EM&I provides you with optimum Repair and Maintenance solutions.
EM&I has been awarded eight gold RoSPA awards for occupational health and safety.

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.

No Drydock… Safely

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.

HITS JIP Convenes at 40th FPSO Research Forum Week in Cumbria

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.

27 April 2018

EM&I Receives Second RoSPA President’s Award

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.

24 April 2018

EM&I Hosting FPSO Research Forum

EM&I is busy gearing up to host a packed week of events at the prestigious 40th FPSO Research Forum in picturesque Cumbria, UK.

5 April 2018

EM&I Participate at Offshore Arabia Conference, Dubai

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. 

19 March 2018

EM&I Receives ABS Certification for Robotic Inspection Methods

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.

29 January 2018

EM&I Group Appoints New CEO

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.

22 January 2018

EM&I to Hold Asset Integrity Awareness Event

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.

31 March 2017

EM&I Awarded Survey Contract by Ensco

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.

10 March 2017

EM&I Awarded Additional Contract by Pacific Drilling

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.

6 February 2017

EM&I Secures Contract with BHP Billiton

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.

27 November 2016

EM&I Addresses FLNG/FSRU Conference in London

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.

6 October 2016

ODIN – Corrosion Protection

EM&I have completed 14 successful ODIN® projects to date, with the earliest project now well more than two years old.

26 September 2016

Exmar Awards ODIN Contract to EM&I

Exmar has awarded EM&I an ODIN® contract for the diverless UWILD inspections on the Kissama accommodation barge operating offshore Cabinda, Angola.

1 July 2016

EM&I Present OTC 2016 with ABS and SBM

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.

14 June 2016

EM&I Awarded 9th RoSPA Gold Award

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.

11 May 2016

EM&I Supporting Production Efficiency in Angola

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.

19 April 2016

HITS 3: New Phase, New Participants

The objective of the HITS 1 JIP was to identify the top three inspection challenges for floating asset hulls and this led to the development of the ODIN 'diverless' hull underwater inspection system.

23 March 2016

BW Offshore Umuroa Contract Award For EM&I

Following an arduous tender process, EM&I Australia were pleased this week to receive formal notification of a contract award from BW Offshore, for a frame agreement to supply conventional and specialised NDT services on the Umuroa FPSO.

18 February 2016

EM&I Bound For Ghana

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.

4 January 2016

EM&I Score Another ABS Quality System Success

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.

2 December 2015

EM&I Completes World’s First MODU Diverless UWILD

The EM&I ODIN® system has achieved another world's first. The UWILD on the Vantage Platinum Explorer was successfully completed, safely, to ABS satisfaction and on budget without incurring any off-hire time.

3 November 2015

HITS JIP Meeting at the FPSO Research Forum

The Hull Inspection Techniques and Strategies Joint Industry Project (HITS JIP) meeting will take place at the FPSO Research Forum on 9 October 2015, hosted by ABS in Houston, Texas, US.

30 September 2015

EM&I Receives 10 out of 10 FPAL for ODIN

The EM&I ODIN team have clearly been making a big impression as they progress the campaign on the Platinum Explorer Drillship in the Bay of Bengal.

3 August 2015

EM&I Diverless UWILD Contract for Vantage Drilling

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.

27 July 2015

EM&I Wins at RoSPA Awards 2014

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.

17 April 2014

EM&I’s Diverless UWILD Methodology Demonstrated Successfully

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.

7 February 2014

EM&I Group Begins Undergraduate Work Placement Programme

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.

23 January 2014

EM&I Group

Central Support Services
Pembroke House, 3 Altrincham Road
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5ND
United Kingdom

EM&I UK (Dyce)

18 Farburn Terrace
Dyce
Aberdeen
AB21 7DT
Aberdeenshire
United Kingdom

EM&I Tianjin

Desheng Apartment 421
AoYun Road No.11
Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)
Tianjin
300457
China

EM&I Singapore

120 Lower Delta Road
#02 - 05
Cendex Centre
169208
Singapore

EM&I Angola (Partner - Arani & Siri)

Arani & Siri Limitada
Rua dos Enganos
N° 1, 7.° andar
Luanda
Angola

EM&I Nigeria

13 Sumbo Jibowu Street
Ikoyi
Lagos
Nigeria

EM&I Brazil

Rua da Quitanda, no. 191
11th Foor
Rio de Janeiro
20.091-005
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

EM&I Australia

Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace
Perth
6000
Western Australia
Australia

EM&I Stantec

10 Thornhill Drive. Unit 3
Dartmouth
B3B 1S1
Nova Scotia
Canada

EM&I Jersey

JTC House
28 Esplanade
St Helier
JE2 3QA
Channel Islands
Jersey

EM&I Brazil (Macaé)

Rua Acapulco 182
Cavaleiros
Macaé
RJ 27920-150
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

EM&I Malaysia

Unit 30-01, Level 30, Tower A, Vertical Business Suite
Avenue 3, Bangsar South, No. 8
Jalan Kerinchi
Kuala Lumpur
59200
Malaysia

EM&I Trading

Level 2
38 Emanuel Schembri Street
Birkirkara
BKR 1810
Malta

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