Paradigm Wins Deluge Work and Expands Service

Paradigm Flow Services has scooped £3 million worth of contracts for its deluge integrity management services in the past six months. Making the announcement at Offshore Europe this week, the firm also revealed it is expanding this service to further assist major oil and gas operators with pressing asset integrity issues.

The Aberdeenshire-based company, which detects, remediates and prevents subsea and topside blockages for the oil and gas industry, is augmenting its service to help ensure deluge and firewater systems are correctly designed, engineered, tested and maintained.

By doubling its specialist in-house engineering team from 4 to 8, Paradigm now provides specific long term inspection and maintenance programmes. This integrates with the business plans of clients for ongoing operability and compliance beyond the fundamental remediation stage, to future proof these safety critical systems.

Corrosion and marine growth is an industry-wide problem, particularly in ageing assets where the pipework can be more than 25 years old. This can restrict water flow, thin pipeline walls and also cause blockages in deluge pipes and nozzles. Paradigm effectively tackles this issue and seeks action over reaction for industry going forward.

Rob Bain, managing director of Paradigm Flow Services, said: “Previously Paradigm was the problem fixer, returning operators to compliance when deluge systems failed. We still do that, but the issue of ongoing and recurring asset integrity issues is intensifying as North Sea assets age and needs a more strategic and proactive approach”.

“It is essential to meet the required level of deluge and firewater system technical integrity for preservation of life, and safety case compliance from start up to decommissioning. Without continual asset assurance, integrity issues of this nature can risk lives and also hamper operations, which in turn impact the bottom line.”

Paradigm’s holistic approach includes auditing, risk assessment, hydraulic modelling and surge analysis and application of engineering knowledge and expertise to apply correct overall procedure and assist throughout design, installation and commissioning.

As part of remediation, Paradigm deploys unique technologies and methods in deluge preservation using mechanical micro-power and environmentally friendly chemical solutions used to tackle biofilm in firewater ring mains. Both of which can be used in live systems without the need for shutdown.

The growing portfolio of contracts Paradigm has secured, saw the company expand its workforce to 50, requiring a satellite office to be taken on earlier this year. There are plans for further recruitment as demand for services continues to grow.

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