What does 2017 tell us about the future of North Sea Offshore Decommissioning?

Posted by Andy Norman on 29-Nov-2017 13:00:00

As we eagerly await the annual facts and figures from industry analysts, every sign points at 2017 as being a positive year for decommissioning progress, particularly in the North Sea.

In January, we discussed in the Claxton blog predictions made by Oil and Gas UK, who, in their 2016 Decommissioning Insight, evaluated what the industry planned to do collectively to sustain efficiency improvements and cost reductions.

Since the turn of the year, there have been key developments which has seen a huge decommissioning shift, and although nobody can say for certain what the future will hold, there is no doubt that the events of this year will influence the future of the sector.

In this blog, we will compare predictions made earlier in the year with the events that have transpired, and give an insight into how offshore decommissioning is shaping up for the future.

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How marine growth is affecting ageing structures in the oil and gas industry

Posted by Andy Norman on 19-Oct-2017 11:00:00

Any structure submerged in the sea will eventually host a community of marine organisms, making biofouling and marine growth an unavoidable issue within the offshore oil and gas industry.  

As previously discussed in the Claxton blog, 50% of all technical integrity incidents are related to ageing assets, so it’s important to slow down this ageing process by introducing preventive measures. Marine growth in particular has huge consequences for structural integrity, hydrodynamic efficiency, and survivability of assets, and these measures can mitigate some of the costs that are amplified by the effects of biofouling.

Read on to find out the effects of biofouling, the issues it can cause, and the plans we can build on to help prevent asset degradation.

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How to reduce costs by better implementing risk-based inspections

Posted by Andy Norman on 27-Sep-2017 14:00:00

The oil and gas industry has embraced risk-based inspection (RBI) as a way of fending off unplanned shutdowns, unexpected future costs, and potential threats to health and safety offshore. But are they being used as accurately or as frequently as required?

RBI seeks out the potential of an asset’s failure, providing a ‘risk snapshot’ in time. The risk-based approach has been utilised for some time within refineries, and petrochemical and chemical facilities, which have reaped the benefits of significant cost savings.

By their own admission, the British Engineering Services describe RBIs as: “If implemented correctly, an RBI approach can improve asset integrity management, as well as increase the organisation’s efficiency, while reducing plant downtime and increasing income.”

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Topics: offshore asset life extension

The truth about cyber security’s impact on the oil and gas industry

Posted by Andy Norman on 31-Aug-2017 10:21:48


A 2016 report by PWC that looked into information security in the oil and gas industry, found that cyber-attacks are still rife, despite a 30% decline in incidences, compared to the previous year. With an average information security budget of $5.4 million, companies are well-equipping themselves for a worst-case scenario.

But is there any truth that company’s data, infrastructure and bottom-line could all be damaged through cyber attacks alone? This blog looks at the truth about cybercrime in the oil and gas industry and what businesses are doing to protect themselves in the future.

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Topics: north sea

Claxton Uncovered: The IMechE engineer looking to save operators money

Posted by Andy Norman on 25-Jul-2017 10:37:18

Claxton Uncovered is a new blog format featuring behind-the-scenes information from staff members throughout the organisation.

With a Chartership from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), one of our Senior Design Engineers, Charles Youell, has had a significant impact on the success of Claxton over the past five years.

Working alongside our Technical Director and mentor Dannie Claxton, Charles has been involved in some of the largest and most complex challenges the company has ever faced. His appetite to solve intricate engineering problems has helped the company, and our clients, find money-saving solutions that work.

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Topics: conductor centralizers

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