Success at Offshore Europe 2013

Our time at Offshore Europe 2013 was a memorable one, from the important meetings right down to finding the best cup of coffee to keep us going. The exhibition proved incredibly valuable, and really quite large. It's fascinating how organised the whole event was, considering the extreme amount of people attending and exhibiting.

If you paid us a visit on stand 1E111, we'd love to hear from you again. We appreciate the time that everyone dedicated to learning about our areas of expertise and business practices, so much so that we provided a fantastic opportunity to win an Apple iPad2 and/or a Google Nexus 7. Congratulations to Dan Conroy of Harland Simon Power Solutions for winning the Apple iPad2, and Neil McIntosh of Cluistrom for winning the Google Nexus 7!


Here's our Systems Development Manager, McCourt Cordingley (left), explaining our company business.

Apprentice Receives Prestigious Awards

SCM APPRENTICE CELEBRATES DOUBLE AWARD WIN

An apprentice at Strategic Corrosion Management, the international corrosion management specialist, has been rewarded for his excellent IT skills after picking up two prestigious awards.


Michael Stokoe, 22, received the awards from Northumberland College, where he is studying towards a Level Three apprenticeship Diploma in Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals, alongside his IT Support Technician position at SCM.

He collected the World Skill Challenge award from the college, after the IT department held a competition for its students to carry out various IT-related tasks. Michael amassed the most points from completing the tasks out of all the IT students that took part in the challenging competition.

In addition to Michael’s World Skill Challenge award, he was also chosen as the winner of the college’s prestigious Paul Van Cliff award, which is awarded to students who excel in IT, for his exploits in the competition.

Michael previously attended Newcastle College before being recruited by SCM in October of last year, where he supports the business’ in-house software developments and assists SCM’s offshore teams with technical issues.

Michael said: “I was very surprised, but delighted to have won both awards. When the points totals were read out I thought I had missed out, but when I was named as winner I was thrilled.

To also be recognised by winning the Paul Van Cliff award was really pleasing too because it is an honourable award here at the college. I am progressing on track both at college and with SCM so things are going really well for me at the moment.”

Ian Cordingley, Managing Director of SCM, said: “Everyone here at SCM is pleased for Michael because he is a very skilled young man, who possesses considerable IT and web development knowledge. Michael has continually demonstrated his IT talent at SCM ever since he joined us and this recognition is fully deserved".

SCM Achive An 8 Year Safety Milestone

SCM Have achieved an incredible safety milestone by delivering more than

3000 days incident free

to the Operator Maersk (Danish Underground Consortium - DUC).

Having been engaged to deliver services to all the Maersk Oil DUC existing 52 individual offshore platforms in the North Sea, including surveys, data management and the upgrade of Maersk Oil management systems by the installation of SCM’s Risk, Integrity, and Strategic Corrosion management (RISCm) toolset, SCM have delivered super-safe and cost-effective services to the operator.

Ian Cordingley, Managing Director of Strategic Corrosion Management, said: “I am delighted our highly skilled and competent personnel have enabled SCM to deliver eight years of incident free service for Maersk Oil.

“Safety is the utmost priority on offshore assets. Operators need to have confidence that their suppliers can not only deliver effective and beneficial products and services, but have them undertaken in a way that would never compromise the safety of other personnel or the assets.

3000 days incident free is an incredible achievement by any standards but it is simply a reflection of the kind of individuals who comprise the SCM teams, and the attitude they display whilst delivering their work on our behalf.

All SCM personnel undergo training on all aspects of their work including Health and Safety regardless of past experience and in that way we are able to share our safety objectives and demonstrate by example how we should collectively support our Clients.

I am hugely proud of this achievement and congratulate all of our past and current personnel for making it possible."

The Danish Underground Consortium (DUC), is operated by Maersk Oil on behalf of Shell, Chevron, Maersk Oil and the Danish North Sea Fund.

SCM Secures Project Extension

Strategic Corrosion Management has secured an extension to an External Corrosion Condition survey contract with Maersk Oil, operators of the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) comprising Shell, Chevron, Maersk Oil and the Danish North Sea Fund.

The Cramlington-based company, which has an operation in Aberdeen, will deliver surveys and data management for three further assets in the Danish sector of the North Sea.

The 15-week project had led to SCM adding two specialist surveyors to its pool of engineers for the project.

In addition, to support this contract extension and along with other recent growth experienced by the company, SCM has recruited an in-office team to manage project deliverables and support new Client Training services for the RISCm toolset.

SCM secured the original commission to undertake Component and External Corrosion Condition surveys for the DUC through Maersk Oil in 2006. Having been engaged to deliver surveys of all the operator’s existing offshore platforms in the North Sea the successful completion of the contract included Surveys and data management on 52 individual platforms including the upgrade of Maersk Oil management systems by the installation of SCM’s Risk, Integrity, and Strategic Corrosion management (RISCm) toolset.

RISCm has been adopted for DUC by Maersk Oil as the preferred system of External Corrosion Management and SCM has worked closely with them to deliver specialist additions to RISCm supporting the survey and monitoring of Transits & Penetrations – a high risk aspect of asset integrity control. In RISCm this speciality addition integrates well with the others of Flanges and Bolting, Pipe Supports-Hangers and Springs, Temporary Repairs and Vessels.

Ian Cordingley, Managing Director of SCM, said: “We have established an excellent working relationship with Maersk Oil, which has enabled SCM to secure this contract extension based on our previously successful deliveries.

“By expanding the surveys of these three assets and entering the information into RISCm Maersk Oil engineers will be able to better manage their maintenance requirements going forward, increasing the operational lifespan of these platforms.”

He added: “The increasing demands of corrosion management within the oil & gas sector, particularly as operators manage life cycle extension of long-established assets, has created new opportunities for our company and enabled us to expand our workforce and enhance the technology-based solutions we offer to industry. Our success in the cost effective deployment of these Corrosion Management systems is mainly in due to the rapid data collection and collation mechanisms we use and our experience in all environments including H2S exposed plants and those with unusual construction or processes”

SCM Secures New Maersk DUC Contract

Strategic Corrosion Management (SCM) has secured a prestigious contract with Maersk Oil to deliver a programme of survey and inspection on more than 50assets in the Danish North Sea.

The two-year + programme will specifically review Transits and Penetrations to assess current and future levels of corrosion on assets in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC), operated by Maersk Oil on behalf of Shell, Chevron, Maersk Oil and the Danish North Sea Fund.

A team of four specially-trained SCM survey personnel are undertaking the works and managing the data collected using the company’s comprehensive Risk, Integrity, and Strategic Corrosion management (RISCm) corrosion toolset.

In addition, SCM has expanded its in-house technical support team with the addition of further Project Engineers at its Tyneside base.

This contract is the latest in a number of projects to be awarded by Maersk to SCM, which most recently included an extension to an existing agreement to provide External Corrosion Condition Surveys.

The successful relationship between the two companies led to a pilot study of transits and penetrations and the identification of a number of corrosion challenges to high criticality pipework. This was undertaken by Maersk Senior Maintenance Engineer Jonathan D Madden and SCM Managing Director, Ian Cordingley. The pair went on to co-author a well-received technical paper for the Institute of Corrosion.

Based upon the pilot study, Maersk has implemented the three-year Transits and Penetrations project, which is being delivered by SCM utilising the RISCm system.

RISCm has been adopted for DUC by Maersk Oil as the preferred system of External Corrosion Management. With the addition of this latest project SCM is working closely with the company to deliver specialist additions to RISCm to support the survey and monitoring of Transits and Penetrations.

In RISCm, this speciality addition integrates well with the others of Flanges and Bolting, Pipe Supports-Hangers and Springs, Temporary Repairs and Vessels.

Ian Cordingley, Managing Director of Strategic Corrosion Management, said: “Transits and Penetrations are a high risk aspect of asset integrity control and Maersk is one of the first to implement a ‘root and branch’ investigation and corrosion control programme to address this issue.

“Our pilot project identified the integrity challenges the Transit and Penetration conditions pose to the offshore industry with possibly more than 13 percent of Transits and Penetrations on mature plant at risk of serious hidden corrosion”.

“The foresight shown by Maersk, both in terms of their involvement in the pilot programme and the subsequent two-year project, demonstrates its commitment to maximising productivity from its maintenance programmes and utilising expertise and technology from the supply chain.”

Ian added: “This project has also enabled our business to strengthen its workforce, which is very satisfying as we have experienced consistent growth since we established our North East England and North East Scotland operations.”