Malikai Phase 2 project is a brownfield infill drilling project consisting of 5 new infill wells with 1 sidetrack scope. These new wells are tied into existing Malikai Tension Leg Platform (TLP) production facilities for offshore processing prior to export. Offshore execution activities were heavily congested with multiple works fronts from Drilling, Mooring, Hook-up Commissioning alongside existing production and maintenance operations of the Malikai facility requiring prioritization via simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) activities.

The paper highlights the challenges of conventional radiography for inspection activities post pipework welding, which is usually scheduled within windows of low activities i.e. in the night with lower risk of personnel exposure to possible radiation. Since drilling operations runs 24 hours continuously, it renders almost impossible for conventional radiography inspection activities to take place as required.

This paper also describes the benefits with the introduction of SAR technology, the radiation exclusion zone can be set to less than 5 meters, thus allowing the topsides facilities pipework welding to take place concurrent with drilling and operation activities, achieving project success factors of optimized manning requirement and earlier than plan First Oil Date (FOD).

Advanced NDT technologies in the market like small area radiography and phased-array ultrasound were evaluated. Considering the piping diameter/wall thickness & material being Stainless Steel/Duplex SS (coarse grain welds – requires more extensive PAUT qualification), the final decision was to use SAR. A demo was conducted onshore with representation from various internal stakeholders. Necessary approvals from local regulatory bodies were obtained to facilitate the use of this technology for offshore assets.

The team further evaluated the implementation in our offshore facilities in a HAZID workshop, collaborating with several contractors and asset counterpart to assess the hazards and risks associated with SAR. Results were then compared and used by the execution team to develop procedures suitable for offshore use.

The paper compares past experiences of hook-up and commissioning activities using conventional radiography methods. By using SafeRad technology, the project can continue with the topside's fabrication work simultaneously during drilling instead of conducting the pipework fabrication activities in series after drilling is completed. This allowed project team to be able to continue the fabrication works and subsequent pre-commissioning and commissioning activities whilst drilling in progress. As a result, project is able to liquidate the critical path in hook-up and commissioning activities and ultimately contributed to the project delivering early project ahead (circa 6 months) of the first oil milestone.

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