Internal design review wind power offshore platform

MAR Consulting facilitated an online internal system design review for an electrical offshore platform. The platform receives power generated from offshore wind turbines (North Sea) and transmits the power to shore. This is a follow-up to the E-HAZOP performed: EHAZOP offshore wind power transmission platform · MAR Consulting. The main objective of the system design review of the wind power platform was to ensure that the system design is in accordance with the Authorities’ rules & regulations and the Client’s requirements. We focused on process safety, operation, maintenance, and interfaces to ensure the design of optimal solutions and that integrity […]

PFD overpressure protection SIF on production header

MAR Consulting supported performing and documenting a Probability of Failure on Demand (PFD) calculation. Due to the addition of new wells to the offshore producing platform in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), an hazard analysis identified a potential overpressure scenario. The production header has mechanical protection (relief valves) and a Safety Instrumented Function as a redundant barrier. Hence, MAR Consulting calculated the average PFD for this low demand Safety Instrumented Function (SIF). The PFD, when compared to the required risk reduction for this scenario, is acceptable for a number of new wells.

Mini-FSA stage 3 equipment for an SPS

MAR Consulting performed a functional safety assessment (FSA) stage 3 for an engineering contractor and equipment supplier to a subsea production system (SPS). The SPS will be installed and operated in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The equipment designed by the engineering company constituted the boundary for the FSA. The equipment is similar to the SPS currently in production in the tie-in field. Hence, the FSA focused mainly on installation, commissioning, and validation activities. MAR Consulting acted as an independent assessor to the project. The objectives were to ensure the equipment is fit for the safety instrumented functions; and is […]

Cyber-security risk assessment of offshore assets

MAR Consulting facilitated a cyber-security risk assessment for an operator of offshore assets in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The assets shall comply with the strict Norwegian regulatory requirements. Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) in Norway runs periodical audits to ascertain the level of IT security (among others) in the operating assets in the NCS. This work is part of an extended partnership with the operator to identify potential cyber-security vulnerabilities in their portfolio. Other assessments part of this work are: Cyber-security assessment of FPSO IT/OT systems · MAR Consulting; Cyber-security risk assessment of FPSO · MAR Consulting; Cybersecurity hazard identification […]

FSA stage 2 of SPS (subsea production system)

MAR Consulting performed a functional safety assessment (FSA) stage 2 for the operator of a subsea production system (SPS). The SPS will be installed and operated in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The FSA also included the SIS lifecycle phases typically assessed in an FSA stage 1. The scope was the subsea development design and boundaries towards the topside on the host platform. The scope of the assessment excluded topside tie-in modifications. MAR Consulting acted as an independent assessor to ensure the design of the SIS meets the required risk reduction and is in compliance with the standards, Norwegian rules, […]

FSA stage 3 – artificial lift modification project

The main objective of a functional safety assessment (FSA) is to demonstrate compliance with related IEC functional safety standards through an independent assessment of the development process. Hence, the FSA process is a fundamental tool to ensure that the Safety Instrumented System (SIS) fulfills its requirements as an active barrier to reduce the risk to acceptable levels. At least one FSA is typically required during a project phase. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended to perform at least 2 FSAs in order to anticipate potential non-conformances in due time. The FSA team shall have some degree of independence to the project […]

FSA stage 2 of subsea production system

MAR Consulting will perfom a functional safety assessment (FSA) stage 2 of a subsea production system (SPS) bound to be installed and operate in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The end client is the  company engineering the SPS. The contract is in effect immediately. FSA stage 2 focus on the design and engineering of the safety instrumented systems (SIS). In this case, there are two autonomous independent SIS aiming at reducing risks to acceptable levels. Furthermore, MAR Consulting will ensure that the assumptions and actions identified on the previous FSA (stage 1) were verified and acted upon. In addition, the client requested […]

Functional safety technical support to jack-up drilling rig upgrade

MAR Consulting AS has been contracted to provide functional safety support to a jack-up drilling rig update of a major drilling contractor. The drilling rig will enter a new contract on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), where requirements for functional safety are considerably stringent when compared to other parts of the world. MAR Consulting will support the client to achieve a level of functional safety adequate to operate a drilling rig on the NCS. MAR Consulting has extensive experience with Norwegian rules and regulations regarding functional safety. Namely the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOG) “Application of IEC 61508 and IEC […]

FSA stage 4 on long operating oil and gas asset

MAR Consulting partly produced a functional safety assessment, FSA stage 4 of a long operating oil and gas asset in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The main responsibilities were to assess the safety requirements specifications (SRS) for the different safety instrumented functions (SIF) required to operate the asset; and how they have been maintained and applied during the operating lifetime of the facility. Of special importance to an FSA stage 4 is to understand how functional safety has been maintained during the many years of operations. In general, nowadays, there is special focus and emphasis on functional safety during the […]

Cyber-security risk assessment of FPSO

MAR Consulting facilitated a cyber-security risk assessment of the systems required to operate a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The FPSO is currently operating in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). It is required to adhere to the strict regulatory requirements in the country. Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) in Norway runs periodical audits to ascertain the level of IT security (among others) in the operating assets in the NCS. The main objective was to draw on the collective experience and lessons learned to identify potential cyber-security hazards. Other objectives were to analyze and evaluate identified cyber-security risks and propose ways to prevent […]