Health & Safety Report 2013


3.4 Ageing and Life Extension The HSE’s KP4 focuses on the industry’s management of ageing and life extension (ALE). It was launched in July 2010 with inspection activity commencing in November that year. By the end of December 2012, the HSE inspectors had carried out 24 inspections on duty holders. The programme will run until the end of 2013 with a continued focus on ALE management; routine inspections will follow thereafter. The Oil & Gas UK response to KP4 led to the ALE Network being established in 2010. That network continued to function throughout 2012 and has attracted around 120 members with an active interest in ALE matters. A work group within the network was also formed to produce industry guidance on ALE management on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), which was published in April 2012. 5

A further three work groups were established from 2012 to 2013 to deliver more detailed technical guidance in specific subject areas:

• Marine aspects of floating production installations • Electrical, controls and instrumentation (EC&I) • Offshore structures

Additionally, the ALE Steering Group was created in June 2012 to oversee and steer the industry’s efforts on ALE management, providing a single interface with the HSE. The steering group comprises representatives from eight duty holders and two HSE managers with KP4 remits. It is chaired by Oil and Gas UK’s health and safety policy manager and met three times by the end of 2012. The HSE published a KP4 interim report in November 2012. 6 This document was presented to industry at an event hosted by Oil & Gas UK and attended by 70 member company representatives. The report summary comments favourably on the industry’s response to KP4 and the efforts made to maintain or improve ALE management across the asset base. It sets out key findings across the inspection topic areas and provides a clear indication of those areas where duty holders need to maintain ALE focus. The report has helped to prioritise the focus of the technical work groups, and they will ensure that the guidance produced takes proper account of the inspection findings and areas for improvement.

5 The guidance on ALE management can be found on Oil & Gas UK’s website at:

6 The KP4 interim report can be found on the HSE’s website at:

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