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HSE benefits of NII
CAN Offshore Limited
ExxonMobil SSHE Conference
18/03/2009
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• NII – Non Invasive Inspection
Refers to any inspection performed from the outside of
the vessel without having to break containment and/or
not requiring vessel entry
May be performed on-stream or off-stream
Non-invasive and non-intrusive terms are often used
interchangeably
• IVI – Internal Vessel Inspection
Traditional method of vessel inspection
Definition
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Internal Inspection
• High Cost associated with shutting
down a vessel, loss of production,
Isolation, Preparation for entry
(drain & purge)
• Potential performance loss due to
mechanical disturbances involved in
preparing the vessel for internal
inspection and reinstating it
• Susceptibility of the process
materials to atmosphere
General Benefits of NII
Non Invasive Inspection
• Cost reduction due to possibility of
avoiding the need to shut down the
vessel operation entirely
• Shortening of Shutdown turnaround
/ planning by preliminary inspection
to determine repair & maintenance
requirement
• Removal of requirement to break
containment. No need to isolate,
drain and purge the vessel
• Minimises disturbances to the
vessel which could create new
problems.
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• No man access which can be hazardous due to possibilities
of flammable or toxic residues which can be difficult to
remove
• Reduction of risks to personnel entering confined spaces
• No loss of containment which avoids release of hazardous
material or pollution
• Reduce confined space entry time by targeting the most
suspect areas in advance of invasive inspection
Heath, Safety & Environmental Benefits of NII
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NII advantages for HSE only when carried out
effectively and reliably
• As part of NII Procedure – DNV-RP-G103
• Includes Risk Based Inspection / Corrosion Risk Assessment
• Assesses HSE consequences of failure separately from the
purely business and cost consequences
High: One or more fatalities or serious injuries requiring hospital treatment, or
major release of hazardous material or pollution
Medium: Injury requiring hospital treatment, or release of hazardous material or
pollution but with no significant effect off site
Low: At most, minor injury with full recovery, or minimal release of hazardous
material or pollution


Heath, Safety & Environmental Benefits of NII
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• Pressure System Safety Regulation
• Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations
(COMAH)
• www.hse.gov.uk
• CRR 363/2001 Best practice for risk based
inspection as a part of plant integrity management
• GSP 6490 / 235 Mitsui Babcock Energy Limited
• DNV-RP-G103 Non Intrusive Inspection
References