Vertech’s V-Flare Specialist Package provides end-to-end maintenance, remediation and replacement services for onshore or offshore flare tips. Using a combination of inspection techniques, Non-destructive Testing (NDT) methods, rope access and specialist access systems, our expert team can create a solution to exactly meet the needs of any client. As flare tip replacement, remediation or repair projects are typically completed during shutdown, turnaround, or outage periods, these scopes are usually the critical path to production.
Flare IRM Package (V-FLARE)
Flare Survey & Inspection
Vertech can offer a fully accredited surveying and inspection service to ascertain the condition of a flare’s structure, tip and associated ancillaries. Inspection data and photogrammetry can be used to closely monitor areas of concern or the ongoing condition, allowing to effectively plan for required maintenance years in advance of critical replacements, repairs or remediation projects.
Our CASA accredited Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV) can complete UHD visual inspections of piping, structure, ancillaries, and the flare tip itself during normal operations. This data can then be used to generate a digital twin of the flare, high-resolution 3D models (with measurement) and annotation tools. UAV’s can also provide the data sets required to build comprehensive work packs, access plans, remediation plans and rescue procedures well in advance of implementation.
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) involves detecting and assessing flaws in materials without causing damage. Vertech Group is certified to ISO 17025 as an NDT inspection body by the National Association of Testing Authorities Accreditation (NATA). With over a decade of experience in the application of NDT, Vertech’s IRATA personnel can provide a full suite of inspections to quantify the condition of the flare structure.
Flare Project Planning
The foundations of a successful flare project are built through detailed planning and early engagement with the implementation team, engineering team, operator and other specialist contractors. Early engagement ensures a comprehensive and shared understanding of the specifics of the project and its unique challenges while aligning all parties on the most efficient methodology to complete the scope in its entirety.
Regardless of the age of the asset or condition of the associated structure, our experience with detailed surveying is invaluable to the planning phase as it removes assumptions while also reducing the risk of variables when we arrive on site.
Vertech’s V-FLARE package has been refined over a number of tip replacement and specialist flare maintenance projects across Australasia. Our V-FLARE project planning capability includes a comprehensive array of project management services to complement the operator’s personnel and ensure a safe, efficient, and high-quality implementation procedure.
Flare Tip Replacement
Flare tip replacements require meticulous project and activity planning. Ensuring there is a good interface between the contracting parties and site leadership is critical to successful project execution.
Vertech has a team of multi-skilled maintenance specialists who are experienced in the unique challenges associated with flare tip replacements, flare remediation and flare construction. If the complexity of the scope warrants it, Vertech have constructed replicas of the flare structure in our training facility to familiarise each member of the team with the scope and the equipment specific to the project. Scope specific training is invaluable and enables maximum efficiency when the teams are on site.
Our flare tip replacement experience covers the use of; helicopters to complete the flare tip lifts; using vessels as transport/lay-downs; predesigned flare handling packages; and custom-designed lifting packages to remove and replace flare tips safely.
In our experience, no flare tip or flare structure is ever the same. However, the fundamentals of a successful project never change PEOPLE, SAFETY, QUALITY, INNOVATION.
As Flare tip projects are typically completed during shutdown, turnaround, or outage periods, our team plan preventative maintenance, upgrades or critical repairs to be as time-efficient as possible. Work done in this time can be a significant value add to the asset, extend the life of the structure, and save OPEX costs throughout the life of the asset.
This approach allows us to optimise the scope and schedule other critical remediation or repair works during the project time window. Vertech’s specialist maintenance teams will assess every elevation of the structure as part of a flare tip replacement and identify additional scopes of work that can be completed during the flare maintenance window of opportunity.
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