I’m producing a conference on Asset Integrity Management (AIM) in Egypt. By definition, Asset Integrity Management refers to the management systems, strategies and activities aimed at maintaining the assets in a fit-for-service condition while extending the life-cycle in the most reliable, safe and cost-effective manner.
I learnt during my research that despite the fact North African oil, gas and petrochemical assets are ageing; the AIM concept is not implemented to the same extends in North Africa than in the Middle East. When I asked to industry insiders what were the main barriers for AIM implementation in North Africa, here are the four main reasons that I have been given:
- The capital investment required to implement AIM programme and technologies
- The workforce attitude – especially the ageing workforce – who might be reluctant to shift to new technologies or processes
- The lack of expertise on asset integrity strategies, technologies and management
- The lack of awareness on the importance of AIM programme to maintain assets life-cycle
If you are facing other challenges in implementing AIM programme in oil, gas or petrochemical company, feel free to share your experience!
By Rozenn Cornec