UTComp serves the oil and gas industry’s FRP and composite equipment needs from end-to-end with innovative engineering and repair solutions, and ongoing inspection and asset management using our proprietary UltraAnalytix™ system.
Oil and gas producers around the world face many challenges, including safety, remote and dispersed locations, continuous operation, aggressive chemicals, aggressive temperatures, abrasion, long supply lines, and limited local skills capability. Downstream operations also face continuous operation, aggressive chemical reactions, long periods between outages, high cost of downtime and interrelated process units.
Operators of these facilities need to be sure of the mechanical integrity of all equipment to meet production and environmental demands. To keep people safe and meet environmental requirements the process must remain contained in piping and vessels. At the same time, making unnecessary repairs only adds to operating costs and often involves challenges and cost of importing skilled labour.
The same principles of predictive and preventive maintenance that have been successfully applied to many downstream operations can be applied for FRP assets. A program of non-intrusive inspections, where process containment is maintained and production is not interrupted, is used to provide ongoing data on the current condition and the mechanical integrity of the plant. The purpose of this is to provide confidence in plans for repairs, replacements and necessary intrusive inspections during outages. Reliability managers and operators use data to guide their decisions. Inspections must provide assurance that all damage mechanisms at play are understood and monitored.
The UTComp team has extensive experience with evaluating and maintaining FRP assets in remote locations – from the Arctic to the tropics. For on-site inspection, we have an established track record of training local personnel in the skills required to complete inspections of remote FRP assets using UltraAnalytix™ – and then providing ready support by our team. In engineering and evaluation, UTComp uses our pioneering knowledge about damage progression to enhance the engineering of FRP – often stretching beyond the prescriptions of standards to provide future benefits.
When called upon to assist with installation and repairs, our team has deep experience, by adapting designs to meet the skills and materials available and coaching and training local workers.
Our services include:
- Specifications and Design – Completing design calculations and assessment for new FRP construction and updates to existing structures.
- Material Selection and Evaluation – Inspection, testing and evaluating FRP used in corrosion and structural applications, includes expert failure analysis.
- Mechanical Integrity Programs – Using the results of materials evaluation technologies, including our UltraAnalytix™ system, to determine the fitness for service of assets made from composite materials such as FRP.
- Quality Control and Risk Management
We work with some of the largest oil and gas companies in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia and other locations around the world, including BP and Aramco.