PIM Event seeks to bring sustainability and integrity management into focus

PIM is ringing the changes with its annual integrity management event this year with the addition of external speakers. The company is launching the event with the announcement that Louise Atkin, HM Principal Specialist Inspector, from the HSE will join experts from PIM to consider sustainability, integrity management and the North Sea. The free event will take place on Thursday 26 March 2020 at the Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel.

Steven Plant, managing director of PIM, said, “During the course of the afternoon we will discuss the challenges we will all face as we continue to strive for the safe delivery of maximum economic recovery. The programme will be split into three sessions and we are delighted to welcome Louise Atkin from the HSE as a speaker in the first set of presentations, she will consider the longer-term safety risks to the integrity of our assets as a result of poor contractor management.”

“Integrity management in the UKCS is challenging and complex. Changing economics, late life assets and approaching cessation of production pose different challenges,” explained Louise. “The use of contractors to manage asset integrity is common place, however poor communication of aims and objectives, poor oversight and failure to review outcomes can result in failure to effectively manage integrity.

"With better contractor relationships and management, consideration of new technologies and new approaches to integrity management, better targeting and more effective strategies are possible.”

“As well as getting the regulator’s perspective of the challenges the industry is facing from Louise, we will also hear from an operator, an industry body and a contractor during the first session,” added Steven. “The sustainability of the supply chain will be debated by the speakers in the middle session while the final set of talks will look to the future of integrity management in the oil and gas industry.”

“We want to further build on the success of our 2019 event, it attracted around 80 delegates from across the oil and gas industry including oilfield service companies, operators and industry bodies.” Steven concluded, “It’s truly fantastic to see the format of our event continuing to grow as we engage and collaborate with the other parts of the supply chain, operators and industry bodies. A joined-up approach is key if we really want to achieve the goal of a sustainable industry which delivers results for all concerned.”

Anyone interested in reserving a place at PIM’s free integrity management event should email PIMEvent@pim-ltd.com.

Biography – Louise Atkin

Principal Specialist Inspector with HSE, and head of the Materials and Corrosion team within the Energy Division – Offshore, Louise and the team visit offshore installations throughout the UKCS, inspecting arrangements for initial and ongoing integrity management, maintenance and other materials and corrosion engineering issues. Louise joined HSE in 2001 and, prior to joining the Offshore team, spent 11 years working in the Metallurgy and Materials team of HSE’s Laboratory carrying out forensic metallurgical investigations and leading corrosion research projects. She is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.