Our latest news and subsea integrity insights.

Ricky Thethi - President

Ricky has twenty years' experience of riser system and component design and analysis, project management, procurement, field monitoring and integrity management. His has worked with all riser types including flexible, steel catenary, freestanding, and top tensioned production and export risers, and drilling, completion and intervention risers.


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Dharmik Vadel - Vice President

Dharmik has over ten years of engineering experience with extensive work in development, implementation, and management of integrity management programs of SURF systems, pipelines, drilling risers, and conductors. Key areas of experience include development and implementation of corrosion management programs, delivering risk mitigation solutions, life extension, and turnkey inspection services.

Dharmik is responsible for jointly managing technical and commercial aspects of Clarus Subsea Integrity. Continued responsibility for the co-ordination of technical sales, marketing and proposal activities for Clarus, and business integration advancement with other Acteon companies.

He also has been the author and co-auther of several publications including “Effective Risk Based Integrity Management”, “Risk Assessment Tool for Corrosion Management  - Boon or Burden”, “Enhanced IM of Subsea Control Systems”, and several others.


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Katie Killeen - Engineer

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hello, my name Katie and I grew up in The Woodlands, TX and New Orleans, LA, which I still often visit. I went to the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma for Mechanical Engineering and I graduated in 2017.

I love running, working out and fitness classes. I also love to bake and if it’s your birthday there’s a good chance I will show up with something. I like to travel and have been lucky enough to visit lots of European countries and some in Central America. I’m also a big sports fan and especially like basketball and baseball. 

What 3 words describe you best?

Thoughtful, driven, athletic

What do you do at Clarus?

I am an engineer at Clarus, and since starting I have been working on engineering assessments, anomaly reports, IMP/IWPs, etc, have recently started working on risk assessments.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Clarus?

I love that everyone is easy to get along with/talk to, and if I have questions everyone is more than happy to help me out! Not only that, but everyone has a great sense of humor which always brightens up my day.

What’s your most memorable Clarus moment?

I have only worked at Clarus for a short while now, but my favorite moment so far was Pinot’s Palette Team Building. I really enjoyed hanging out with everyone outside of work in a social environment and getting to know everyone better. I had so much fun and look forward to the next one.

Tell us a bit about life outside work.

I recently moved to downtown Houston with my friend and my corgi, whom I am always laughing around. Outside of work I love to spend my time working out, hanging with friends and watching the Astros or Rockets games. I also make visits back to New Orleans, where I am from originally. Traveling is definitely a hobby of mine and I have been lucky enough to travel to many different countries – I am traveling to Greece next year in 2019!

Share a fun fact about yourself.

I ran D1 cross country and track in college and I am really proud of that!


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Dharmik Mehta - Engineer

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hello, my name is Dharmik Mehta. I was originally born in India’s “big apple”, Mumbai, and shortly afterwards I moved to New Jersey with a short subway ride into the real Big Apple, NYC. I graduated from Gulf Shores High as valedictorian and recently acquired my B.S. in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston.  Some of my hobbies include swimming, rock climbing, and backpacking/camping. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, aquatic marine life, and laughing with friends. I have my PADI Open Water Scuba license, belay/lead climbing certificate, and I am planning on pursuing a skydiving license. I am known as the most adventurous of my family members, and always interested in going on a traveling adventure. 

What 3 words describe you best?

Motivated, adventurous, committed

What do you do at Clarus?

I am an integrity engineer with a petroleum engineering background. I typically carry out anomaly and subsea inspection reports, data population, 3D graphics design, risk-based assessments, and strength and fatigue riser KPIs.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Clarus?

I love the openness of the team and how friendly and welcoming everyone is. It feels great to be part of a team that loves to work hard, share plenty of laughs, and also find time to have fun during our team building activities!  

What’s your most memorable Clarus moment?

That would definitely be the team building event held at Top Golf. It was my first time golfing and I felt very comfortable around the team. It was great fun and very competitive.    

Tell us a bit about life outside work.

I love rock climbing, scuba diving, and I have completed 6/25 skydives towards my skydiving “A” license. When I am not doing these activities, I am usually watching Marvel movies or having game night socials with friends!

Share a fun fact about yourself.

When my cousin was working as a flight attendant, I traveled to 36 cities in around 3 months. One weekend, I booked an early morning flight to Chicago from Houston for a slice of deep dish pizza and flew back the same day.  


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Brandon Hope - Engineer

Tell us a bit about yourself (1-2 sentences)

My name is Brandon and I’ve been with Clarus and 2H since I graduated college in 2014.  I studied mechanical engineering at
Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis. I’m originally from Anderson, IN. I have quite a few hobbies, but most of my time spent is with friends and exercising.

What 3 words describe you best?

Ambitious, Disciplined, and Reliable

What do you do at Clarus?

I am an integrity engineer. I actively manage Clarus’ data management software, iCUE, and also support on-going projects.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Clarus?

We have a great team of hard-working, talented people who are easy to work with and pleasant to be around.

What’s your most memorable Clarus moment?

I had a really fun first day at Clarus. I felt really welcomed and knew I had made the right decision about joining the team.

Tell us a bit about life outside work.

I enjoy time spent with friends/family, traveling, music, and working out.

Share a fun fact about yourself.

I have crooked pinkies.


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Clarus Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Certification

Clarus Subsea Integrity, an Acteon Company, is proud to have achieved the ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification.

The ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized quality management standard. The purpose of the standard is to achieve excellence in customer service and delivery. Clarus has implemented a quality process since the launch of the company in January 2015. The foundation of customer focus and continual improvement is part of its company culture.

The quality management system is applicable to the provision of subsea integrity engineering services, design of integrity management systems, consultancy, fitness for service evaluation, and integrity management to the oil and gas industry.

Clarus VP Dharmik Vadel comments, “This achievement is a demonstration of Clarus’ commitment to delivering technically innovative solutions and exceeding client expectations for all our clients globally.” 


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Clarus Subsea Integrity Introduces the iCUE Digital Anomaly Detection App

New Technology Improves Asset Inspection Efficiency & Reduces Costs  

Clarus Subsea Integrity, an Acteon company that provides subsea integrity engineering services, today announced the introduction of the iCUE Digital Anomaly Detection App, pioneering new technology that provides rapid, accurate detection of anomalies by reviewing inspection video footage of subsea assets.  It is the latest addition to the company’s Digital Integrity Management Services portfolio.

Expertise in subsea integrity sets iCUE App apart

Drawing upon 14 years of experience in subsea integrity management services and its vast knowledge of subsea anomaly detection, monitoring and remediation, Clarus is uniquely positioned to provide this game-changing technology. Although there are apps on the market that purport to detect anomalies, the iCUE App is different. 

“What sets it apart is that the development was led by integrity engineers experienced in offshore inspections with in-depth knowledge of the actual assets and equipment that the app is trained to examine,” said Dharmik Vadel, Vice President of Clarus Subsea Integrity.  “Not only does the Clarus iCUE design team know how these systems operate and what they were designed to do, they have the domain expertise in equipment degradation mechanisms and defect trending, they know which defects pose the greatest risks.  Armed with this knowledge, the iCUE app draws upon a solid foundation of detection data that the others don’t.  It is truly in a class of its own.”

Anomalies detected at least 10 times faster than manual review

By using the App to assess footage of subsea risers, pipelines or moorings, for example, operators immediately receive a more accurate account of conditions that might otherwise go undetected.  In addition, the speed at which it analyzes footage and identifies anomalies is at least 10 times faster than manual review, which is significant when assessing whether an asset is fit for continued service or requires attention.

To achieve this, the App automatically carries out an engineering assessment of the inspection footage. The App is based on machine learning, and draws upon image analysis technologies. Clarus trained it with a machine-learning algorithm to accurately qualify an anomaly by using a structured data set of positive examples of anomalies.

Reducing unknowns improves asset risk profile

The capabilities of this technology are striking, offering meaningful longterm benefits.  Using the App to screen footage to identify and characterize anomalies reduces the number of unknowns. As a result, the risk profile of the asset is improved by making it possible to positively confirm its integrity or develop a plan to mitigate identified anomalies.

Integrity managers can also use it to trend anomalies from multiple inspections conducted on an individual asset field life.  This is useful when considering a possible extension for an asset that is approaching the end of its original design life. Armed with more accurate detection reports, they are fully apprised as to the extent, nature and severity of anomalies to determine whether they must be addressed immediately, require ongoing monitoring or remediation before qualifying the asset for life extension.

Lowering inspection costs, improving inspection quality

Conducting efficient, cost-effective inspections depends upon how swiftly they’re executed.  Because the App is designed to conduct anomaly detection screening following inspection data gathering, it’s a completely separate operation.  This means that inspections, whether conducted by remotely-operated vehicles or autonomous unmanned vehicles (ROVs and AUVs), focus solely upon capturing accurate video data of subsea equipment.  As a result, this phase is completed faster, reducing time and expense.  Given that inspection video is screened automatically, the App essentially lowers the time and expense typically required. 

“Cutting the cost of detecting anomalies in subsea assets is a vital element of Acteon’s strategy to reduce overall ownership costs by 30%,” said Paul Alcock, Executive Vice President of Acteon, parent company of Clarus Subsea Integrity.  “The introduction of the Clarus anomaly detection App is one of many planned key steps forward in helping our clients realize significant benefits, financially and operationally.”      

While operators have historically inspected subsea assets, engineering assessment of inspection videos is the exception, not the rule.  “This enhanced capability bodes well for integrity purposes,” said Vadel.  “The more useful tools we provide managers to help formulate an accurate understanding of asset conditions, the more effective their integrity programs and ability to maintain production.  The iCUE App is one of those tools that will play a critical role in making that a reality.”

Looking ahead

Acteon is firmly committed to developing a full-scale production level Anomaly Detection App.  This App will be capable of detecting anomalies in real time as video inspection data is gathered subsea. To this end, Clarus has already produced one Proof of Concept App for a common subsea anomaly type, and plans to finalize a second by Summer 2018.

Demonstrations available

Clarus is demonstrating the iCUE App, which automatically detects missing riser strakes and fairings while reviewing riser inspection footage.   

To book a demonstration or learn more, readers should contact Dharmik Vadel, Vice President of Clarus Subsea Integrity at +1 832 664 7622 or dharmik.vadel@clarusintegrity.com.


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Clarus @ OTC 2018

Clarus' Yohanna Ruocco will be presenting at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this year. The conference takes place from 30th April - 3rd May at NRG Park in Houston. 

Risk-Based Internal Corrosion Assessment of Pipe in Pipe Flowline - Monday, 30th April - 9.30am

Authors: Y. Ruocco, D. VADEL, Clarus Subsea Integrity Inc; P.T. Hogelin, J.T. Webb, Noble Energy Inc; R. Hill, Microalloying International Inc.

 

Abstract

Safety and protection of the environment are paramount to successful, effective operations. A prominent challenge in the offshore oil and gas industry is striking a balance between maximizing production from a field and managing risks to meet or exceed regulatory compliance and safety goals. Noble Energy currently manages the integrity of its Gulf of Mexico deepwater assets through implementation of a risk-based integrity management (IM) program.  The objective of this paper is to demonstrate the value of a risk-based assessment process to mitigate internal corrosion of a pipe-in-pipe (PIP) flowline by progressively advancing detailed engineering assessments from routine monitoring activities. The results improved understanding of the risk and allowed for an update to the IM plan for remaining service life.

As part of Noble Energy’s subsea IM program, annual asset risk assessments are conducted to identify, assess and control operational risks. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have been implemented to manage degradation mechanisms during design review and flag potentially unfavorable operational conditions. The exceedance of a KPI limit and the reliability of monitoring data directly affect the predictability of the associated degradation mechanisms. Elevated corrosion rates from a conservative corrosion model, combined with discrepancies in topsides corrosion coupon sampling, resulted in lower confidence for threat predictability. This prompted a more detailed assessment to confirm integrity of the flowline. The assessment included a review of design and historical monitoring data. A complete produced water analysis was executed to update the corrosion model. A flow regime analysis was conducted to assess the pipeline water-wet condition and water hold-up potential for current operational conditions.

This paper presents challenges and assumptions utilized in identifying representative load cases from a 10-year operational history. The result of the assessment was the identification of areas along the flowline with medium to high water-wetting risk and understanding of the hazards associated with internal corrosion at the identified locations. This study provided significant improvement in visibility of internal corrosion risk of the flowline. Path forward included considerations of performing an evaluation for scale formation and its tendency to act as a natural inhibitor against corrosion, refining the corrosion model, measuring wall thickness of the flowlines at areas of highest corrosion risks, and injecting corrosion inhibitor.

This paper presents a holistic approach to managing internal corrosion risks for subsea flowlines. It demonstrates the value of linking data to degradation mechanisms to improve understanding of risks on the assets and the value of a structured program to ensure an Operator makes informed and confident decisions.  


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Diving Deeper into Subsea Data Management

Clarus Subsea Integrity has designed a visually intuitive web portal that can overlay on existing systems or databases. This web portal is aimed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of integrity management programs and reinvigorate document management.

Over an asset’s lifecycle, project stages change, personnel and contractors change, but data shouldn’t. Yet, valuable time and resources are often spent searching through vast amounts of information due to the complexity in designing, fabricating, installing, and operating a subsea development. This can lead to multiple data sources that can compromise overall quality and control.

Clarus has spent over a decade performing subsea integrity management plans, risk assessments, and engineering analysis. During this time, Clarus has seen many of the above problems cost operators hours of inefficiency and, in some cases, unnecessary action, while further driving up monetary costs in other cases due to delayed reaction time.

In order to combat these challenges, Clarus combined its strong integrity engineering experience with an effective graphical user interface to create ICUE. A web based portal that provides one access point for all of an operator’s subsea integrity management needs. What sets iCUE apart is the fact that it is designed specifically for integrity management by engineers who have completed over 2,000 subsea component risk assessments, 500 anomaly assessments, and a 100 subsea inspection campaigns.

 

iCUE brings key information about an operator’s particular asset to the foreground in a visual and user-friendly format. It allows quick and intuitive paths to data on a graphical user interface that can interface with any existing electronic document system. These paths enable users to obtain all of the integrity management data, on any of their components, within 5 clicks. Operators can obtain meaningful component status overviews and dig deeper into matters such as risk position, visual assessments, KPIs, inspection history, and as-built data.

Laying out data in such a way can demonstrate compliance through auditable performance history and improve operational readiness through visibility of component condition across one or multiple assets. In addition, operator’s integrity data management costs can be reduced by up to 15% with effective data mining.


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Flexible Riser Integrity Assessment Approach

A lot has happened with flexible risers lately! Clarus has been asked by several clients to support assessment and evaluation of flexible riser integrity, including the independent review of annulus testing results and processing of riser monitoring data.

Click on the image to see our general approach to Flexible Riser Integrity. Clarus delivers forward-looking plans to verify the fitness for purpose and potential for life extension for flexible risers.

For more information please contact us at (832) 664-7620


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Dhawal Nashikkar - Engineer

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hello! I am Dhawal and I am an engineer with Clarus Subsea Integrity. I grew up in the small historic city of Gwalior in India. Growing up in an engineering family, I was heavily influenced with engineering. I followed my father’s footsteps and studied civil engineering, and even ended up attending the same university. After completing my bachelor’s degree I moved to Florida in 2012 to attend the graduate school at the University of Florida. Yeah, I am not popular with the A&M crowd here! I moved to Houston in 2013 and started my career in oil and gas with 2H Offshore. I then joined Clarus after it was spun off from 2H in 2015.  

What 3 words describe you best?

Outgoing, cheerful, adventurous

What do you do at Clarus?

I am an integrity engineer with a structural engineering background. I am currently involved in managing the integrity management program for a major oil and gas operator in the Gulf of Mexico. I have extensive experience in conducting risk assessments for subsea production systems, developing and executing inspection plans for offshore assets, and conducting life extension assessments for ageing offshore assets.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Clarus?

Maroon Bells Peak, Colorado

I get to work with my friends!!!

What’s your most memorable Clarus moment?

Since my name basically sounds like “The Wall”, my colleagues gave me my very own song, "To the window, to Dhawal". One of my most memorable moments was hearing one of our VPs sing the entire song!! 

Tell us a bit about life outside work.

I am a cycling and photography enthusiast. I travel around the country and enjoy visiting different national parks trying to get a perfect picture. Here is one picture that I took of Maroon Bell peaks in Colorado. 

Fun fact!

My name is not pronounced “the Wall”. It’s actually pronounced as “Dhuh-vuhl”


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Yohanna Ruocco - Engineer

Tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Yohanna Ruocco and I am a civil engineer with a serious coffee addiction. Born in Russia to Cuban parents I grew up in a small town located in the eastern shore of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. After moving with my family to Texas as a teenager, I graduated from engineering at the University of Houston in 2013 and joined 2H Offshore soon after. I love yoga, traveling, good food and explaining my confusing family origins. 

 

What 3 words describe you best?

Dedicated, Enthusiastic and Methodical

What do you do at Clarus?

I am an integrity engineer with experience in deepwater risers and in providing technical support to operators with an emphasis on subsea infrastructure. I am responsible for implementing the integrity management program for different subsea systems and conducting asset risk based assessments.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Clarus?

My favorite thing about my job is our team. It’s great to work with people that are so dedicated and passionate about doing a good job. In addition to our outstanding work ethic, everyone has a great sense of humor so it makes for an excellent work environment.

What’s your most memorable Clarus moment?

My most memorable Clarus moment is the day we officially became a company and had a toast to celebrate!

Tell us a bit about life outside work.          

When I am not cracking numbers and writing reports I like to spend time with my husband and son, and to plan family vacations. My weekends are filled with family get-togethers, soccer and children’s books.

Fun fact!

I am a certified yoga teacher and used to teach on a regular basis.


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Kent Caveny - Subject Matter Expert

For 30 years I have been actively involved with the development, testing, procurement, use, and standardization of flexible pipe. I have participated in or chaired 20+ JIPs that developed understanding and models for flexible pipe mechanics and aging.

I edited the first Recommended Practice issued by API. I was chairman of both the API and ISO committees when ISO 13628 was issued and during revisions of API Spec 17J & 17K and RP17B.

I have worked with all three manufacturers and can read their documents in their native languages. I have supported 15+ flexible pipe projects and have worked with more than 20 operating projects to evaluate and resolve manufacturing and field issues.

I have helped operators prepare efficient and effective bid packages including specifications, scopes of work and quality plans. I add significant value to bid evaluations, concept reviews and design reviews. Both my flexible pipe background and my experience with quality plan development and implementation qualify me to conduct technical and quality audits of manufacturers. I am highly experienced at structuring and managing JIPs for flexible pipe development and evaluation. Similarly, I have lead development of new design and management concepts as exemplified by my leadership in resolving the PVDF end-fitting crisis in the mid ‘90s. To draw all this together, I have conducted and presented flexible pipe overviews and training courses.


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Gary Harrison - Subject Matter Expert

Gary has over 45 years of highly successful engineering experience with 16 years of lead pipeline engineering experience. He has participated in designing over 10 different projects and sat as the BP Pipeline authority for 7 years.

Gary has been an ASME Petroleum Division Executive Committee Member for over 7 years and also sits on the ASME International Offshore Pipeline Forum Steering Committee.


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Mark Cerkovnik -  Subject Matter Expert

Mark has over 35 years of engineering experience with an emphasis on analysis and testing of structural and mechanical systems, with over 15 years of experience with deep water risers.

With a strong technical background in structural dynamics, fracture and fatigue, composites and FES, Mark advises Clarus on riser integrity projects in areas such as fitness for service, structural loading, dynamic response of riser, monitoring, corrosion control, ECA, and structural analysis.


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Clarus @ NACE Corrosion Risk Management Conference

Clarus' Vinayak Patil will be presenting at the NACE Corrosion Risk Management Conference in Houston next week. The conference takes place from 23rd - 25th May at the Houston Marriott Westchase. 

Risk Assessment Tool for Corrosion Management – A Boon or Burden? - Vinayak Patil & Dharmik Vadel

Wednesday, 25th May 2016 - 11.35am

Abstract

A risk assessment is a common tool employed by Operators during different stages of an asset’s life cycle, and can be used to varying degrees of depth and detail. With newer oil and gas fields being developed in deeper water and harsher operating conditions corrosion management has become a growing challenge. In case of brown fields, extending life of existing fields by addition of new wells poses its own unique challenge for demonstrating fitness for purpose. A well implemented risk assessment should allow identification, review of operational conditions, and mitigation of credible corrosion degradation mechanisms to prevent any catastrophic failures. However, there are challenges in the application of risk assessments and translation of results into a robust plan for active management and continual improvement of ongoing corrosion management based on results of inspection and monitoring activities.

This paper discusses lessons from a decade of risk assessment application in effective corrosion risk management for offshore oil and gas fields.  Case studies will be presented to demonstrate effective use of risk assessment to support the ability to manage human involvement factor, risk management strategy updates to support changes in operational parameters, and chemicals management with respect to incompatibility of chemicals and role of monitoring. Finally, a few recommendations will be offered with an aim to evaluate and improve existing corrosion risk management practices through effective us of risk assessment as a tool for Operators. 


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Do You Have Confidence in Your Data Management?

Finding the information you need about your offshore asset can be complicated. It is often stored in different places and managed by different people, making asset management challenging and time-consuming.

We highlight some of the challenges that we have seen time and again in this infographic, and provide a simple approach on steps you can take to get your data under control, making it accessible, accurate, meaningful and useful. 

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What’s the hype about HIPPS? An integrity management perspective.

The predominant topic in the oil and gas industry at the moment is cost reduction; a sharp change from a year ago when most conversations centered around technology development for today’s harsh, deepwater environments. There is one technology, however, that can help meet both of these criteria, and that is subsea HIPPS.

High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems are safety instrumented systems (SIS) and have predominantly been used in the North Sea. They have yet to be implemented in the GoM, but offer significant advantages for operators in the region. The subject was among various technologies discussed during the 7th Annual Teledyne Oil & Gas Technology Focus Day, which Clarus attended on 19th November 2015 at the Westin Memorial City. Here’s an overview of what we learned.

How do HIPPS work?

HIPPS protect downstream equipment from exceeding design pressure limitations, allowing for high pressure wells to tie in to flowlines and risers with lower pressure ratings, ultimately reducing cost. They also allow new, higher pressure wells to tie into existing, lower pressure production systems preventing the need for a new facility altogether. HIPPS monitor upstream pressure by using multiple sensors, and close the barrier valves as soon as an increase in pressure exceeds the preset level. This increase can occur due to a number of different reasons. One example could be a malfunction of the subsea tree choke, which during normal operations provides control of production pressures, resulting in an unplanned opening. Another example could be a hydrate blockage downstream of the HIPPS that causes a rapid surge in pressure upstream.

Why have HIPPS not been used in the GoM?

Actually, a subsea HIPPS is currently being developed for the Julia project in the GoM. However, they do remain a non-conventional production technology and therefore require additional approval from BSEE.  Since regulatory approval depends on historical safety data, which is lacking, the current regulatory requirements can result in a stringent qualification process.

What are the integrity considerations if I am considering a HIPPS?

The reliability of safety valves is a common challenge in the industry, with malfunctions that often result in lost production, repeated troubleshooting and, in some cases, costly intervention operations. Valve redundancy should be carefully considered during design as it can allow you to continue production operations if one valve was to malfunction.

Valve condition monitoring can establish historical safety data and operational KPIs that increase confidence and provide leading indicators before a shut-in.  
The design of the zero burst or fortified zone downstream of your HIPPS, which must be designed to allow for sufficient time for the HIPPS valves to close. The zero burst zone depends on a variety of parameters such as reservoir properties, downstream pressure rating, flow assurance design and field architecture.  Early involvement from your integrity team is crucial in ensuring quick access to reliable data and providing engineering support, especially when designing HIPPS for existing fields where there could be more limitations.

In summary, subsea HIPPS can facilitate newer wells at existing facilities to overcome technical challenges at a lower cost. Nonetheless, early involvement of your integrity team is vital in addressing the added complexity that comes with adding a HIPPS to your field and ensuring the long-term health of your asset.

Special thanks to Robert Hernandez, Sr. Technical Advisor at Granherne, whose presentation “Design and Use of Subsea High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems” at the Teledyne Oil & Gas Technology Focus Day was the motivation for this article. 

 

Subsea HIPPS Illustration


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Vinayak Patil - Engineer

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hi, my name is Vinayak Patil. I grew up in the city of Kolhapur in India and enjoy going back every year to visit family and friends. I received my B.Tech. in chemical engineering in 2003 and worked in that industry for few years. I moved to the US in 2007 for post-graduate studies and received my M.S. in chemical engineering in 2009. I’ve been with Clarus (originally 2H) since 2011 and I absolutely love my job. 

 

What 3 words describe you best?

Composed
Generous
Diligent

What do you do at Clarus?

I’m an integrity specialist at Clarus and I provide support to our clients to develop and implement their subsea integrity management programs. My area of expertise is corrosion. Recently, I helped develop a set of key performance indicators to monitor the internal corrosion of subsea equipment.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Clarus?

We have such a young and energetic team. It's a nice, vibrant environment where each day is never the same. 

vinayak family fun

What’s your most memorable Clarus moment?

The launch toast of Clarus in January 2015. 

Tell us a bit about life outside work.          

I love traveling, watching movies, and I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter. My weekends are filled with watching sports and getting together with friends. 

Fun fact!

I have five amazing siblings.


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Clarus Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Certification

Clarus Subsea Integrity, an Acteon company, is proud to have achieved the ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification. 

The award marks the completion of verifications by an independent certification body and shows that Clarus’ working processes conform to the customer focused approach of ISO 9001. The quality management system is applicable to the provision of subsea integrity engineering services, design of integrity management systems, consultancy, fitness for service evaluation and integrity management to the subsea oil and gas industry.

Developed by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized standard in the ISO 9000 family of standards. It helps companies develop and maintain quality management systems that ensure customer requirements are consistently met through the delivery of quality products and services, and that quality is continually improved.

Clarus VP Dharmik Vadel comments, “This achievement is testament to our core values around delivering quality work that is second to none. We really do have a culture of excellence, and exceeding client expectations is a key goal for all of our team members.”


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