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KP4 Programme


The Ageing and Life Extension Inspection Programme (KP4) is a key element of HSE’s Energy Division (OSD) 2011/2012 major hazard work priorities, with the aim of the programme being to promote awareness and management of the risks associated with ageing plant in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The programme was launched to the offshore industry in July 2010, followed by three trial inspections in December 2010. KP4 will run to at least December 2013, and involves both onshore and offshore inspection of duty holders’ management systems using Specialist Templates.  The programme will determine the extent to which asset integrity risks associated with ageing and life extension are being managed effectively by duty holders, and will place emphasis on the development and promotion of good practice in the industry to ensure continued safety.

KP4 follows on from HSE’s previous Key Programme 3 (KP3) in 2009, and the Offshore External Corrosion Project in 2010

Technical Specialities Included In The KP4 Programme:

KP4 Duty Holder Inspections

Following the launch of KP4 in 2010, Energy Division commenced the programme of inspections.  By the end of 2011 eleven KP4 inspections had been completed, and fifteen duty holders identified for the 2012 KP4 programme of inspections.

2010/2011 Inspection Programme

Duty holder Asset
Apache Forties Alpha
Centrica Rough
CNR Ninian Central
Perenco Leman Alpha
TAQA Cormorant Alpha
Teekay Apollo Spirit
BP Magnus
ConocoPhilips Loggs
Maersk FPSO
Talisman Montrose
Total Elgin/Franklin

2012/2013 Inspection Programme

Duty holder Asset
Shell Gannet
Transocean Paul B Lloyd
Maersk Janice
Chevron Alba North
ENSCO Ensco 70
WGPSN Beatrice
Noble Julie Robertson
Premier Oil Balmoral
Marathon Brae Alpha
Petrofac Thistle
BHP Douglas
Bluewater Haewene Brim
Nexen Scott

2013/2014 Inspection Programme

Duty holder Asset
Amec Dunlin
BW Offshore  BW Athena
Centrica North Sea Audrey
Dana Triton
Diamond Offshore Drilling UK Ocean Princess
Northern Offshore tbc
Onegas tbc
Petrofac Hewitt

The KP4 inspections from 2012 onwards will be implemented as follows:

Inspection templates

The HSE inspections are performed using templates for each topic area, which are  based on the application of the HSG65 model, to ensure consistency between duty holders in each topic area and between duty holder topic areas.

The onshore KP4 inspection templates can be downloaded from the following links:

The offshore KP4 inspection templates can be downloaded from the following links:

Other topic areas may be added in the future, and the current templates may be modified as the project evolves.

Updated 2014-05-28