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.
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.
|Transocean||Paul B Lloyd|
|BW Offshore||BW Athena|
|Centrica North Sea||Audrey|
|Diamond Offshore Drilling UK||Ocean Princess|
The KP4 inspections from 2012 onwards will be implemented as follows:
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.