Asset integrity and assurance

Ensuring the integrity of our operating assets

We’re committed to designing, building and operating assets that are safe, reliable and meet or exceed their specified purpose.

Key to this is our Asset Integrity Framework, which enables us to take a structured and consistent approach to integrity across all Group operations. As we often operate ageing assets, it’s particularly important for Petrofac to take a rigorous approach to asset integrity management.

In 2018, we were responsible for managing and ensuring the integrity of a total of 19 operating assets. The number of assets varies throughout the year, as new assets come on stream and others transition out. We also seek to apply these asset integrity principles across the wider Group services to clients in support of their operations.

Consistent and rigorous processes

Every month, each of our operating assets is obliged to report against 20 key performance indicators, which are derived from the UK Health and Safety Executive’s guidance on Developing Process Safety Indicators. These comprise:

  • Lagging indicators – relating to the physical condition of our assets and the status of their respective maintenance programmes
  • Leading indicators – relating to the quality of our management processes and the degree of compliance with our Asset Integrity Management Policy

Drawing on this data, an asset integrity dashboard is published monthly and distributed to more than 100 people across the Group. Additionally, our Asset Integrity Review Board, consisting of senior representatives from each operating asset, holds monthly meetings to review performance, discuss integrity issues and receive challenge and support from their counterparts.

Reflecting on our asset integrity performance

In evaluating our asset integrity performance, our main area of focus is managing process safety hazards and reducing high potential incidents.

The most significant incident in 2018 concerned an accident involving a walkway on the Arenque C Platform in Mexico (see above for details of the impact).

Also in Mexico, we continued to have pipeline integrity failures as a result of vandalism. For each integrity incident, technical notices were issued, a full remediation plan implemented, and a lesson learned communicated across the Group.

Seeking continuous improvement in asset integrity

We continue to review and enhance our approach to asset integrity and assurance. Developments in 2018 included:

  • Reviewing our key performance indicators and enhancing our reportingwe conducted an in-depth review of our existing Asset Integrity KPIs against industry best practice, brought increased consistency and automation to the reporting process, and implemented a new software tool. This has resulted in new-look dashboards to better communicate the true condition of Petrofac-operated assets.
  •  Providing additional support to the commissioning and early operational phase of projectsincreasingly, clients are asking Petrofac to provide commissioning services, and to manage the initial operations of the facilities we build. In response, the Asset Integrity team has been developing guidance to ensure that potential hazards are fully understood and effectively managed by on-site personnel.

Objectives for 2019 include:

  • Enhance the Asset Integrity Assurance Framework, increasing the level of cross business unit audits,
  • Improve and implement a revised asset integrity KPI dashboard
  • Critically assess the existing level of integrity review boards to ensure that performance is examined at appropriate levels of the organisation, from local asset level to senior leadership levels - and make necessary changes.

Asset integrity services

Our experience and expertise in asset integrity management means we can offer tailored services to a wide range of clients.

Find out more about our client approach to Asset Integrity Assurance and how we help businesses manage their asset lifecycles.

"Delivering and assuring asset integrity is critical to our business and aligned with Petrofac’s commitment to protect the health, safety and security of our employees, those  involved in our operations, the public  and the environment."

Brent Pasula, Group Head HSSEIA

We recognise that asset integrity is fundamental to providing a safe place of work to those who work on the assets we construct and operate. We implement safe systems of work and structured assurance programmes so that we can minimise the likelihood of major accidents.

Richard Watkiss, Vice President, HSSEIA


Read our Asset Integrity policy

Our Framework helps us to take a structured and consistent approach to asset integrity across all our operations