Migration from Fame+ V4 to Fame+ NEO at TEPQ (AL-KHALIJ)

This project, initiated in spring 2023, arose from the need of TotalEnergies E&P’s subsidiary in Qatar (TEPQ) to migrate its RBI study from Fame+ V4 to Fame+ Neo.

RBI Context

To fully grasp the extent of this migration, it is essential to understand what sets apart these two RBI software, Fame+ V4 and Fame+ Neo.

 

Fame+ V4 generates inspection cycles defined by a start date and major and intermediate inspection intervals. The software incorporates limits based on specific context and Exploration & Production practices. The calculated intervals can be directly translated into inspection plans.

 

Fame+ Neo, on the other hand, is a pure RBI software, resulting in inspection dates beyond which the risk is deemed unacceptable. This software is based on the latest version of API 581 and requires additional data to assess failure probabilities and their consequences. This new approach brings about a cultural shift within inspection teams, focusing on risk control objectives.

Key Missions

At the core of this migration project are essential missions that our team has successfully undertaken to ensure the success of the transition from Fame+ V4 to Fame+ Neo:

 

1. Migration and Data Collection: We initiated this project by migrating data from over a hundred pipeline groups and about seventy equipment units. We can distinguish three types of data: those we could directly copy/paste into the new software, those requiring adaptation, and those that were missing. The latter were collected through research in the subsidiary’s documentation, conducted in collaboration with the TEPQ team. Concurrently, we reviewed previous studies to define inventory groups and fluid compositions. We also developed in-house dedicated digital tools, allowing us to be more efficient and avoid human errors in migrations of this kind.

 

2. Architecture Creation, Data Loading, and RBI Calculation:
Once the study scope was defined, the equipment hierarchy was created on Fame+ Neo. This architecture is a prerequisite for loading the collected data. One evident progress of this new software is the ability to load data through templates, enabling mass processing. During the first RBI calculation on Fame+ Neo, we conducted tests to ensure the relevance of the results.

 

3. RBI Results Optimization and Corrosion Mode Review:
In collaboration with a corrosion specialist from the TotalEnergies group, we reviewed selected degradation modes and associated corrosion rates. This approach strengthened calculation foundations and ensured the consistency of the RBI study with the corrosion manual. Concurrently, we restructured some existing pipeline groups into more practical subgroups for inspectors. In practical terms, this translates into the subdivision of inspection schemes (WSE). Finally, the results of this study refined software parameters and further improved the assessment of risks related to static pressure equipment.

 

4. Preparation of SAP PM Models:
And finally, this study materializes in the CMIMS by defining inspection programs. This step, in which HOLIS supports its clients, requires integrating shutdown programs as well as strategies for monitoring external paintings and insulation.

Mastery and Support Approach

HOLIS conducts RBI studies for the TotalEnergies group, both for Refining & Chemistry and for Exploration & Production, respectively using the Synergi RBI and Fame+ Neo software, both developed by DNV. In this regard, HOLIS is a preferred partner for the group’s initiative to bring together and standardize its practices. Additionally, drawing on our experience in CMIMS and SAP, as well as our expertise in developing and integrating software dedicated to inspection, we can facilitate the assimilation of these cultural changes throughout the integrity management process.

Summary and Benefits

We worked closely with the TEPQ teams to assist operational teams in mastering this change. We would like to thank all our counterparts from the subsidiary and the group for their constructive approach and responsiveness throughout this project. A project that was successfully managed through the commitment of all stakeholders and their understanding of the technical and cultural aspects of the inspection domain, and more broadly, the mastery of integrity. This experience allows us to advance our RBI engineering service offering, aligning with our commitment to continue supporting the TotalEnergies group in its inspection management process.