Note on Piper Alpha: It was a North Sea oil production platform. This platform began production in 1976, first as an oil platform and then later converted to gas production. An explosion and resulting fire destroyed it on July 6, 1988, killing 167 men, with only 59 survivors.
Do we have an established asset integrity assurance system to handle the mixed bag of State-owned enterprises and Private Ventures in India? Collaborative Efforts – A Sign of Success for Joint Responsibilities to ensure Integrity of Assets:
It is recognised that there are many ways to organise and operate successful corrosion management systems, each of which is asset specific depending on factors such as Design, Stage in life cycle, Process conditions and Operational history. All the standards and regulations put forward by various agencies across the world are the outcome of joint efforts of Government-Asset Owners-Technology Providers-Safety Agencies-Inspection Authorities-Academia-Research Institutions.
Our country is yet to develop programs like Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) to address the materials and corrosion concerns with specific reference to our Indian operating conditions. Experience gathered from outside sources could be taken as valuable guidelines to enumerate the importance of such studies and initiate JIPs. A school of thought continues to live with our Indian industries that Research community, especially the government owned scientific and industrial research laboratories, do not effectively utilize the research and technical capabilities to deal with the real world conditions.
It is good to know that CII Corrosion Management Committee is headed by Dr Baldev Raj, a leading expert in the Indian nuclear industry.
There is a greater dependency on a variety of resources. Knowledge Transfer from Indian Diaspora in this domain can help the national efforts in a great way. National agencies/research institutions should keep their policies open for receiving such collaborative efforts and encouraging the Indian Diaspora to show interest in the development of a national policy for Corrosion Management.
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