Life Extension & Recertification

Life Extension & Recertification

KP4 studies, life extension studies

Provides confidence that the risks to asset integrity associated with ageing and the life extension of infrastructure are being effectively controlled.

Approximately 50% of the fixed platforms on the United Kingdom’s Continental Shelf (UKCS) have exceeded their original design life, often specified as 25 years, and a significant number of floating installations are similarly approaching or have exceeded it. This obviously has implications for asset integrity, for instance, onshore studies have found that approximately 60% of major accident incidents are related to technical integrity and, of these, 50% have ageing as a contributory factor.

It is crucial to manage the safety, reliability and performance of an oil and gas asset in a proactive manner. Global SCS’ independent approach to the above enable clients to monitor, predict and ensure the safe performance of their assets.

By studying the current condition of the asset, Global SCS helps to tailor a strategy to deal with the asset’s response to ageing process.


  • Reduce and control risks related to ageing
  • Increased knowledge of the installation risks and risk drivers
  • Improve safety and reliability
  • Be able to identify critical equipment and degradation mechanisms in the identification and design of effective monitoring and maintenance programmes

Risk Based Inspection (RBI)

Helping you to optimise your plant inspection strategy and utilisation

Risk Based Inspection (RBI) is a risk assessment and management process that is focused on loss of containment of pressurised equipment in processing facilities, due to material deterioration, through inspection. Global SCS has also developed a methodology for Risk Based Underwater Inspection (RBUI).

Our RBI/RBUI process identifies, assesses and maps industrial risks that can compromise equipment integrity and through its unique software based on API standards RP 579, API RP2SIM  which can forecast and manage the inspection strategies and degradation mechanisms.

The key elements are:

  • Identification of process loops
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Database population and risk assessment
  • Risk reduction through selection of an adequate inspection strategy 


  • Increased knowledge of the installation risks and risk drivers
  • A focused approach to Inspection, where efforts are aimed at items with high safety, economic or environmental risks
  • Leads to cost optimisation by reducing the efforts applied to low-risk systems
  • Helps in identifying the optimal inspection or monitoring methods
  • Possibility to tailor shutdown scope
  • Increased safety and more reliable equipment and plant operation

Integrity management

Global SCS’ asset integrity management service helps to maintain your asset to stay fit through its entire life cycle.

Asset integrity is the ability of an asset to perform its required function effectively and efficiently whilst safeguarding life and the environment. Assets must perform in the above manner in order to contribute to your business objectives and maximise the returns and minimise the risks.

Asset integrity management ensures you have the business processes, systems, tools, competence and resources you need to ensure integrity throughout the asset lifecycle.  

Global SCS can support you to develop, optimise and implement an efficient asset integrity management system for all asset types. Our services will help you to focus and prioritise your OPEX spend and also predict failures of systems. 


  • Reduce failures
  • Improve safety and reliability
  • Optimise maintenance and inspection activities
  • Ensure compliance with industry regulation and legislation including safety case compliance
  • Be able to identify critical equipment and degradation mechanisms
  • Increase availability and reduce downtime

Management of Change (MOC)

Provides confidence that the SECE’s are suitable for use following the completion of modifications.

Size of modifications can vary substantially from a simple but critical, modification to instrumentation, all the way up to a major brownfield upgrade on an existing platform. In order to ensure the overall safe operation, it is essential that a controlled process and authorisation is consistently applied.

Any MOC goes through the following steps:

  • Identify / initiate change request
  • Select
  • Define scope of work and detailed design
  • Execute construction and commissioning
  • Close out / operate

Global SCS as an ICP can be involved at each of the above stages by offering our experienced engineers to carry out the assurance and verification activities. Global SCS’s unique cloud based solution also helps you to manage your modification / change effectively and efficiently.


  • Stage gate approach assures an efficient and effective MOC process
  • Contributes to the early detection of errors and avoids reworks and wasted efforts
  • Supports the continued suitability of the SECE’s.

FMECA & failure analysis

Global SCS’ FMEA, FMECA services helps you to understand and identify the possible failure modes, their respective causes and the possible failure effect to enable corrective actions to be implemented.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) are methodologies designed to identify potential failure modes for a product or process, to assess the risk associated with those failure modes, to rank the issues in terms of importance and to identify and carry out corrective actions to address the most serious concerns.

Global SCS, by conducting a series of reviews and workshops, can help to identify:

  • The potential means of failure
  • Likelihood of failure
  • Consequence of failure
  • Severity of failure
  • Existing controls to mitigate failure
  • Recommended actions to reduce the risk and consequence of failure


  • Optimise your product / process
  • Ensures safety by helping with the prevention of faults / accidents
  • Helps with cost optimisation by reducing re-works, late change, recalls etc.

Safety management & studies

Global SCS’ safety studies helps you to identify your HSE deliverables and comply with the HSE requirements and ensure safety of your asset.

Our safety assessments and studies assist you in achieving safe operation with major accident and risk control throughout the entire project life cycle.  Our team can help you to develop effective risk prevention and mitigation strategies. The studies can be a single study, a suite of studies and analysis, or an integrated programme that includes other services such as quantitative analysis, asset integrity or performance modelling. All the above studies are managed through Global SCS’ unique cloud based system Integrity Pro.

Our services include:

  • Hazard identification (HAZID) and hazard and operability study (HAZOP) studies
  • Failure modes and effects and criticality analysis (FMECA)
  • Dropped object risk assessment
  • Emergency systems reliability and availability (RAM) studies
  • Escape, evacuation and rescue analysis, – safety integrity level
  • Safety integrity level (SIL) assessment in accordance with requirements of IEC61508
  • Facility quantitative risk assessment (QRA)
  • Identification of risk reduction measures and cost-benefit
  • Analysis in support of ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) demonstration


  • Reduce failures and optimise product / process
  • Improve safety and reliability
  • Optimise maintenance and inspection activities
  • Ensure compliance with industry regulation and legislation including safety case compliance
  • Be able to identify critical equipment and degradation mechanisms
  • Increase availability and reduce downtime 

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