After 13 years successfully managing valve packages, valve inspection and condition monitoring services for a variety of world class projects for major North Sea and international gas transmission pipeline operators, CONSUB Ltd have launched an inhouse VALVE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE.
Inefficient prescriptive valve maintenance programmes have historically led to unnecessary valve replacements costing the operators millions annually, coupled with poor demonstration of integrity assurance of safety critical valves, leading to HSE improvement notices and the associated impact on reputation.
CONSUB’s team of valve technical experts have seen this happen time and time again in both small and large flagship projects over the years and this eventually led to the creation of a best-in-class valve condition monitoring service. As part of the service, CONSUB have developed a bespoke valve condition monitoring software platform and a valve inspection mobile app in response to a major client’s initiative to move from a prescriptive to a predictive maintenance plan for both safety critical and manual valves.
Managing director Frank Nunan commented that ‘The benefits to our client have been significant including a 10% reduction in risk of unplanned shutdowns equating to 450 days equivalent production and valve repair duration reduced on average by 90% as we can now pre-empt and optimise repairs. Going forward this investment will allow CONSUB to support our clients to significantly reduce valve maintenance costs, reduce risk of unplanned maintenance and provide demonstratable safety critical valve performance reporting’
The development of the CONSUB VALVE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE is part of a longer-term growth strategy for the company and follows the opening of new offices in Aberdeen and Ireland.