The deteriorating condition of over-worked and ageing assets in the Middle East is a reality. Figures at the start of 2016 suggest that in the next decade, 800 fixed platforms in the Middle East will surpass their asset life – 75% of these assets are already 25 years old or over.
As well as ageing factors, the region, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, are also beginning to suffer the effects of technical and geological factors. Fields built pre-1970s, for example, are unlikely to include stainless steel due to the material not being commonplace during initial creation. This, of course, has led to severe corrosion problems, meaning mitigation strategies have had to be implemented to maintain integrity – something we’ve previously covered on the Claxton Engineering Insights Blog.