Machines in an Oil & Gas plant, are subject to severe operating conditions. Many machines are operated at variable speeds and loads; thereby rendering the mean time before failure for the machine components both variable and unpredictable.
Despite the increased risk of a larger portion of production being stopped because of a critical machine failure, downtime is tolerated less than ever. In the case of a machine trip, you only have a few hours to determine the cause and to get the machine up and running again before having dramatic economic consequences.
Frequent machine faults:
- rotor misalignment, unbalance
- flow disturbance
- faulting oil, cooling system
- lack of lubrication
- thermal expansion
- wear, overloaded bearings, seals
- compressor surge
Offshore oil extraction is a challenging environment in maintenance terms, in which the availability of assets is of the utmost importance. A considerable number of essential rotating machines, structures and piping networks are subject to high levels of demand, and staff turnover levels are also high.
As a result of the operation and maintenance requirements of the machines and the increased risks involved with the industry cost-saving initiatives, condition monitoring plays a vital role in safeguarding the company’s competitiveness.
Within the Oil & Gas industry as in all other industries, you have to be completely focused on providing the necessary system, diagnosis and detailed supporting information necessary to help avoid unplanned machine downtime; no matter where you are located or what level of technical expertise and resources you have on-site.
While many companies use oilfield sensors to monitor real-time data on operations, the data is not often stored and analyzed to help predict potential equipment problems. And as oil and gas operations become more complex and remote, it’s often difficult to have visibility into the condition of equipment, especially in remote offshore or deep-water locations. Additionally, inspection of equipment in remote locations is expensive. This lack of visibility can lead to expensive unscheduled maintenance and non-productive time (NPT) or oil spills or accidents resulting from failing equipment. Even small improvements in efficiency can yield significant savings.
We help minimize downtime by preventing machine failures through Predictive Maintenance, rather than just understanding what happened after the failure! This is based on a dedicated monitoring philosophy that has been developed and refined over the years to ensure optimum results are achieved right from the start-up of machinery.
With Predictive Maintenance solutions, it is possible to avoid production downtime resulting from unexpected failure, and to ensure better management of spare parts (compressors, water injection pumps, etc.).
The ONEPROD innovative solutions make it possible to:
- Easily monitor inaccessible machines in explosive areas,
- Keep qualified personnel offshore at all times,
- Make vibration measurement accessible to anyone,
- Easily access assistance whenever and wherever you need it (troubleshooting, training, remote assistance capabilities, etc.).