About the course

This course is suitable for learners involved in the integrity management of flexible pipelines and risers (both rigid and flexible). It builds a comprehensive understanding of the threats particular to these components and how they can be mitigated. From development of the integrity management system to assessment of the scheduled inspection, testing and monitoring results, the course provides learners with the skills needed to understand and manage the condition of their assets throughout life.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the need for and components of an integrity management system
  • Recognise the riser configurations commonly utilised in the oil and gas industry, and describe their unique features
  • Identify the differences between rigid and flexible risers make up and their associated integrity threats
  • Recognise the inspection, monitoring and testing options available to mitigate these threats
  • Apply best practice to develop risk-based inspection approaches
  • Evaluate the impact of inspection findings on fitness-for-service of the flexibles and risers throughout life

Integrity management system

Riser types, uses and configurations

  • Need for integrity management system
  • Components
  • Audit and update requirements
  • Implementation
  • Integrity management standards and guidance
  • Host selection and impact on riser selection
  • Production risers and configurations
  • Export risers and configurations

Flexible pipe integrity threats

  • Flexible pipe construction
  • Riser system design and ancillary components
  • Identification of flexible degradation mechanisms
  • Definition of integrity threats
  • Case studies

Rigid riser integrity threats

Operational integrity management

  • Common degradation mechanisms for rigid pipe
  • Fixed riser threats
  • Top-tensioned riser threats
  • Steel catenary riser threats
  • Hybrid riser threats
  • Case studies
  • Flow assurance
  • Monitoring and testing requirements and approaches for flexibles and rigid risers
  • Leak detection
  • Inspection approaches
  • Inspection planning and risk-based inspection
  • Industry available failure statistics
  • Case studies

External inspection

Internal inspection

  • Inspection and reporting criteria
  • Global external inspection techniques
  • Additional inspection requirements for flexible risers
  • Inspection of pig traps and ancillary components
  • Targeted external inspection and direct assessment
  • Available technologies
  • Benefits and limitations
  • Special considerations for flexibles and risers
  • Tool selection process

Rigid riser fitness-for-service

  • Applicable codes and standards
  • Corrosion defect assessment
  • Fatigue assessment
  • Global analysis

Detailed flexible analysis

Offshore repairs

  • Assessment of degradation
  • Flooded annulus conditions
  • Static and extreme analysis
  • Fatigue analysis
  • Defect repair options and applicability
  • Spool repairs
  • Mechanical connectors
  • Case studies

Late life integrity management and intervention

  • Late life integrity management considerations
  • Inspection and monitoring requirements
  • Operability and obsolescence issues
  • Typical late life interventions
  • Case studies