Lloyd’s Register has won an award from BP for achieving a two-year safety record on its BP Independent Inspection Authority contract (BP IIA). Gael Lewis, Lloyd’s Register’s Director of Energy & Transportation received the award from Scott Urban, Group Vice President of BP's North Sea operations
, at a regular UK safety forum involving the senior management of all BP's contractors.
Gary Cruden, Lloyd’s Register’s BP Project Manager said: “The award reflects a lot of hard work by all involved with the project to ensure that the safety agenda is given the highest priority and that the first consideration in all of our work is safety, both personal and for everyone affected during all phases - design, installation, commissioning, operational and decommissioning.
“This contract, run out of Integrity Services in Aberdeen, involves approximately 80 Lloyd’s Register employees (both on and offshore) and a significant number of sub-contract personnel. During the two year period (2001/02) we clocked up in the region of some 490,000 man hours on the project free of accidents and incidents, and more than half of this work was offshore plant inspection.”
The project involves Lloyd’s Register managing the inspections required to maintain the integrity of the structures, pipelines and pressure systems for some 50 operational BP platforms in the North Sea, one FPSO, three onshore terminals and providing technical support to BP for over 2000km of associated pipelines. Lloyd’s Register is also involved with the integrity input into the design phase of the new BP Clair Project and with the decommissioning of NW Hutton. Some 26 people are employed full time offshore as OIEs (offshore inspection engineers) and some 55 onshore in the roles of discipline engineer (pressure systems, corrosion, structures, pipelines), team leaders and technical assistants.