Re-certification and Life Extension Pdf

Offshore Platform Re-certification & Life Extension

Keeping existing offshore structures in good repair. Securing a second life for ageing offshore structures

Business Challenge

Throughout their lifecycle, offshore structures are typically re-certified after a major survey. 

This occurs: 

  • either when this re-certification is required by national regulations

  • or when major changes – field development, production capacity increase, tie-back of subsea wells etc. – are carried out on these structures. 

Recently, due to a change in economic conditions – and an increase in oil & gas recovery possibilities, operators often want to continue exploiting platforms beyond their 20-year designed lifecycle instead of investing in a new platform.

The challenge is to continue to use, in satisfactory safety conditions, the offshore platforms that have reached the end of their designed lifetime and have an extended use approved by statutory authorities.

What is Offshore Platform Re-certification & Life Extension?

Re-certification throughout the platform's designed lifetime, based upon major periodic surveys, is ensured through a smooth re-certifiction process made possible by the inspection of assets by Bureau Veritas on a regular basis. 

However, when the platform is ageing and is planned to remain in service longer than this design lifetime, a comprehensive re-appraisal of the platform conditions should be carried out before any lifetime extension.  This re-appraisal takes into account the actual condition of the structure and, during the analysis phase, also uses recent metocean data and calculation methods that are more scientifically advanced than those used during the initial certification.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Knowledge and Experience

Bureau Veritas has over 30 years experience in both initial certifications and re-certifications of offshore platforms. This experience on offshore platforms ranges from assets in the North Sea to assets in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil, offshore Africa, in the Mediterranean Sea, in Asia (India, China, Thailand, etc.), Australia, New Zealand etc. 

International Recognition

In several countries, Bureau Veritas’ certifying role is delegated by national authorities, e.g. in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand etc., or national oil companies e.g. in the U.A.E., Qatar, Mexico, Brazil, China, etc.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does re-certification of an offshore platform suppose a particular regulatory frame?

    Re-certification of an offshore platform may be carried out in the following cases: 

    • within a statutory certification frame, where Bureau Veritas is empowered by the national authority - final certificate is issued by Bureau Vertias on behalf of this authority 

    • within a statutory verification frame - report and certificate issued by Bureau Veritas are used by the operator to support their request to national authorities to obtain a Licence to Operate 

    • without any statutory frame and on a case-to-case basis – Bureau Veritas report and certificate re-assure the operator of the fitness of their assets or help them to make the right decisions to ensure safe and smooth continued operations with their existing platform

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