A NEW business has been launched to provide a one-stop design and manufacture service for High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS) for the oil and gas subsea and topside sectors.
Hippsco is a partnership with design and fabrication specialist, L&N Scotland, valve actuator and controls manufacturer Paladon Systems and safety system experts, HG Safety.
The three companies will collectively invest up to £1 million in the partnership and are opening an office in Aberdeen to house an engineering design team. Manufacturing will take place at L&N Scotland’s workshops with specialist teams from Paladon and HG Safety working onsite in Aberdeen to provide their respective expertise.
A HIPPS system is an independent safety instrumented protective device, complying to IEC 61508, which acts as the last line of defence for protecting downstream operations from over-pressurisation and gives operators the most dependable pressure protection device available.
The combined skills and 80 years experience of the three partner firms will mean they can offer the energy industry a single design and manufacturing facility for HIPPS.
Hippsco will design and manufacture turnkey projects under the one roof and aims to cut delivery time by at least half on a typical build, to around six months from conception to completion.
The brain of the system is the SIL 3 logic solver. The two out of three voting logic and choice of logic solver hardware guarantee better than a two-second shutdown response time.
Modern communication methods can be added so that each HIPPS can be monitored from the main distributed control system (DCS).
Alastair Chalmers, managing director of L&N Scotland, said: “As oil and gas resources become harder to find, producers are forced to operate in higher risk environments and safety is paramount in protecting personnel, infrastructure and the environment.
“Our HIPPS systems will give operators greater peace of mind by protecting their assets and at the same time offering significant CAPEX and OPEX savings.”
Brian Ennever, managing director of Paladon Systems, added: “We understand that operators face a multitude of pressing issues and we can offer real savings in time and cost by removing the multiple vendor approach to designing and building HIPPS systems, and instead offer a single point of contact for the provision of a comprehensive turnkey and integrated solution.”
Robert Brown, managing director of HG Safety, said: “This is a bold initiative and is a step change in how the energy industry procures HIPPS, but we believe the new venture can deliver on all fronts – design, manufacture, evaluation and commissioning.
“Launching Hippsco represents a significant investment by all three companies but we are confident this can offer real value to operators who require the highest safety standards and speedy delivery without comprising on quality.”
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Paladon Systems Ltd.
Ferro Fields, Brixworth
Walton Road, Kirkhill Industrial Estate
Dunston House, Dunston Road,
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