Managing a maintenance backlog on an offshore O&G platform requires careful consideration of several key points, including:
1. Safety: A maintenance backlog can create the potential for a major accident, so safety must be the top priority. Operators must ensure that their assets are maintained to the highest standards to minimize the risk of incidents.
2. Cost: Maintaining offshore assets is complex and costly, and many assets have outlived their initial lifecycle expectations.Operators must balance the cost of maintenance with the need to ensure long-term safety and efficiency.
3. Ageing installations: Offshore installations are ageing, and maintenance programs must be adapted to reflect this. Maintenance programs must be developed with expert knowledge of the industry and the specific asset to ensure that they are effective.
4. Resource limitations: Offshore accommodation limitations and the perpetual reduction in people resource to undertake tasks can compound the problem of maintenance backlogs. Operators must find ways to optimize their maintenance programs to make the most of available resources.
5. Asset integrity management: An optimized asset integrity management plan can improve critical maintenance activities and reduce backlog by up to 40%. Operators must develop and implement a holistic solution for managing asset integrity and integrating systems with processes and best practices to provide maximum asset reliability at the most cost-efficient and effective levels.
6. Elimination of unnecessary maintenance activities: Operators must focus on production and safety-critical elements and eliminate unnecessary maintenance activities to tackle the backlog. This may require additional planned maintenance for critical elements, but it will ultimately help to reduce the backlog and improve safety and efficiency.
By considering these key points, and applying a different approach and better approach to asset management, PBS by Ponticelli can effectively manage maintenance backlogs on offshore oil and gas platforms and ensure the safety and efficiency of our customers assets.