Pala de André, Ravenna (Italy) from 3/29/2017 to 3/31/2017
Next OMC will address the theme of transition: the Paris Cop 21 Agreement and the recent decline in oil prices promise to reshape the Oil & Gas Industry. At the same time, the recent huge gas discoveries in the Mediterranean confirm once more its role as a natural energy hub, capable of channelling the energy flows from Africa to the European continent.
Here D'Appolonia's contribution to OMC 2017:
- Wednesday 29th March (4.25 - 6.05 PM | Room B - Health, safety & environment in offshore)
Net environmental benefit analysis: a tool to inform oil spill contingency planning
(Marina Accornero - Chiara Giacchino - Eugenio Napoli, D’Appolonia; Melania Buffagni - Carlo Alberto Cova - Giuliana Iazeolla, Eni Upstream & Technical Services; Maurizio Mariani, Eni; Luca Cassina, TEA Sistemi )
Oil spills have the potential to affect natural and human resources and their effects largely depend upon the characteristics of the spilled oil and the sensitivity of the resources at risk. Response actions aim to reduce the possible impacts of a spill, limiting its spreading and recovering the oil before it can cause harm.
Taking into account that each response technique has its intrinsic field of application and effectiveness and taking into consideration spill-specific and site-specific features, the Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) compares and balances the different response options, evaluating and weighing their positive effects and drawbacks: the ability to remove the oil, the feasibility in a specific context, the potential to cause harm to sensitive resources. When incorporated in the response planning phase, NEBA is a highly informative tool that makes it possible to prepare in advance different response strategies for representative spill scenarios, saving valuable time in the contingency phase.
This work describes the application of NEBA to a complex environment in which several offshore platforms, sealines, onshore plants and shipping activities constitute a challenge for oil spill response planners. The NEBA case study presented is one of the first ‘real-life’ applications of the IPIECA-IOGP Good Practice Guideline in the Oil & Gas Industry and can be seen as a pilot study that may lead the way to a systematic incorporation of NEBA into the Oil Spill Contingency Planning.
- Friday 31st March (09.00 - 10.40 AM | Room D - Developing new technologies)
PIRM-DMS: A decision making tool for pipeline integrity and risk management
(Enrico Di Martino - Angelo Lo Nigro, D'Appolonia; A. Kolios, Cranfield University)
Asset Integrity Management (AIM) for Pipelines is a very critical task in the Oil & Gas energy industry. Pipeline failures may lead to severe environmental damage as well as huge losses (in terms of life, property, production, commodity and reputation). Therefore, operators have to effectively evaluate and mitigate associated risks to a level that is compliant with their own policy, standards and regulations.
This work describes a methodology for cost-effective decision making during the pipeline network risk management process, applicable to any pipeline system: the “Pipeline Integrity and Risk Management Decision Making Strategy” (PIRM-DMS). The methodology helps owners understand how (and where) to prioritize the allocation of resources for pipeline risk and integrity management.
The cooperation between Cranfield University and D’Appolonia has facilitated the merger between a methodologic approach and an industrial solution, which has been tested in a real case study.
The test has revealed that the PIRM-DMS is extremely useful because it can be applied to assets with different features and dimensions. Moreover, it is developed on multiple echelons, reducing or increasing the level of detail depending on the needs of the operator.
- Friday 31st March (11.05 - 12.45 AM | Room D - Developing new technologies)
Offshore meteo-marine monitoring systems
(Aldo Gallerini - Fabio Launaro, Seatech)
Oil and gas offshore facilities are subject to time varying loads that are mainly due to environmental conditions and secondly to operational conditions. Monitoring meteo-marine parameters makes it possible to estimate the fatigue damage a facility has undergone since the beginning of its operational life, to verify and improve facility design inputs, and to confirm or better extend a facility’s design life. The use of environmental loads in a facility’s Finite Element model allows asset owners to identify the facility locations subject to the most stress.
The continuous monitoring of meteo-marine parameters represents a remarkable tool that allows asset owners to plan necessary maintenance activities, develop inspection plans and, ultimately, predict the residual asset life.
This paper presents the technology and features of two meteo-marine monitoring systems designed for and installed on an offshore platform (Vega “A” – Sicily) and the jetty and the offshore buoy of a refinery (API Falconara).
To meet our team, visit us at stand N1 in Hall 7. For further information, please visit the
OMC 2017 website