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 The State Supervision of Mines (SSM) of the Netherlands is urging the drilling industry to improve on several aspects of asset integrity – design, technical and operational – with the increasing age of industry infrastructure creating a sense of urgency, the regulators say in an article in the upcoming March/April issue of Drilling Contractor.

On design integrity, results from a 2008 SSM stakeholder survey triggered worry over the continuing occurrence of serious accidents due to the use of non-inherently safe drilling equipment. “The challenge for the drilling industry is to insist on inherently safe design measures in rig equipment,” the article says.

Sneak Preview: Regulator: Asset integrity responsibilities must be shared among stakeholders

Technical integrity-wise, the survey showed that rig owners have “a very thorough approach” towards assuring asset integrity of primary structures by the use of management systems. IADC’s HSE Case Guideline for MODUs was cited as a recognized format among North Sea regulators to promote good practice.

On the operational front, SSM urged drilling contractors to take a proactive approach regarding the installation, maintenance and operation of third-party equipment on a rig. Sufficient time and resources must be continually allocated for carrying out inspection and verification of safety critical equipment, they said.

The full article – the final in our asset integrity series – will be published in the March/April 2009 issue Drilling Contractor.

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