As the industry prepares to decommission some of the older oil platforms within the North Sea the National Hyperbaric Centre has been a hive of activity over the last few months.
New innovations in Decommissioning equipment and techniques are being put to the test at the NHC prior to being put into operation. The National Hyperbaric Centre’s large test chamber and outdoor test tank is proving to be the ideal environment for the function and proof testing of equipment including the training of diving and project personal.
A number of procedures have been verified utilising the hyperbaric chamber which can simulate depths down to 1000 metres. Equipment has been installed within the pressure vessel to prove that certain procedures are safe and effective, whilst also ironing out any engineering teething problems in a controlled and inexpensive situation.
David Smith, Managing Director said “The National Hyperbaric Centre is pleased that we can be such an important part of the industry and be involved in such big changes which are taking the NHC to another stage of its development. We have been involved in testing new methods and equipment on behalf of the oil and gas industry since our doors opened in 1987 and we hope to continue being a part of this process for many years to come. We strive to be an innovative company who are always looking to help make the industry a “safer place”.
The National Hyperbaric Centre has also introduced a remote access and viewing capability into testing for the benefit of clients. Engineers and Project managers can view the testing progress and results from anywhere worldwide with a simple internet connection. This reduces staff time and travel costs to witness what might be a simple pressure test, whilst enabling accurate monitoring from the convenience of an office or home environment.