Applus+ has been working on an offshore gas project located on the English and Dutch continental shelf since January 2020. Two production wells have now been completed and the Oil & Gas company is currently drilling a third exploration well. If everything goes according to plan, the third well will supply gas in the fourth quarter of this year.
Applus+ has assessed whether the 2 hook-up spools were commissioned in accordance with the applicable guidelines: PED 2014/68 / EU Module G (new construction phase) and also in accordance with the Pressure Equipment Commodities Act Decree 2016, article 21 (user phase). A hook-up is the connection of the well to the Christmas tree, which consists of source equipment used to safely remove gas from the well.
Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the production wells were commissioned without incidents, within budget and according to schedule. We carried out the conformity assessments and offshore inspection before commissioning.
The PED 2014/68 / EU Module G Conformity Assessments contemplates these steps:
If there are no irregularities, Applus+, as EU-CBIT certified company, provides a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) as Applus+ Norcontrol.
An Inspection for Commissioning in accordance with the Pressure Equipment Commodities Act Decree 2016, article 21, consists of the following inspection activities:
If there are no irregularities, Applus+, as NL-CBIT certified company, issue a VvI.
Since the project has been a success and the gas field produces in a satisfactory manner, the 3rd well and the 3rd hook-up spool will begin soon. The effort, professionalism and execution of the work has been noticed by the Oil & Gas Company and Applus+ has received compliments for this.
Our Senior Inspector Paul Kersbergen explains: "It is great to be involved as a supervisor in such a special project. I look forward to carrying out the same inspections in autumn before using the third production well."