Story 1 - Focus on personnel competence
The first story involves CSI (Cenelec Standards Inspections) Ltd and one of its clients, a major international drilling company.
Changing a client's outlook on IECEx
Mark Temple, Projects Director and Vice President of UK-based CSI, participated in the IECEx International Conference in Dubai last March, together with CSI Executive Director, Alan Gibson. Temple had also convinced one of CSI’s key clients, a major drilling company with worldwide operations, to send one of its executives with them to Dubai to find out more about the IECEx System and its numerous benefits.
Moving towards IECEx compliance
CSI had first assisted this particular client in the transfer of a rig from Bahrain to Romania, helping the company to meet all necessary requirements for the move. Shortly afterwards, CSI gained the compliance requirements support business for all rigs deployed by the client throughout the world. In the past 18 months CSI has sent teams to 25 countries to perform electrical, instrument and mechanical inspections for this particular client.
Expanding geographically has also meant finding ways of ensuring global compliance. While the client had been relying mainly on API (American Petroleum Institute) standards, CSI was already using the IEC 60079 series of International Standards on equipment for explosive atmospheres. So, naturally, the next move was to look at IECEx Certification Schemes and the Dubai event was the ideal venue for a comprehensive briefing on the System.
The conference was a real eye-opener for CSI’s client. Meeting high-level experts, who shared their experience and detailed knowledge of all matters pertaining to the Ex field, convinced him that IECEx was the future for his company.
For both CSI and its client, the focus will be on the CoPC (Certificate of Personnel Competence) Scheme. CSI has about 50 inspectors, while the client has a staff of more than 200; the objective is to have all of them trained to obtain the CoPC. To meet this new challenge, CSI plans to set up a training facility and establish a comprehensive training programme based on IECEx requirements.
About CSI Ltd
Founded in 1982 by Managing Director Alan Gibson, CSI offers niche hazardous area services for companies looking to comply with legal mandatory requirements for potentially explosive atmospheres. For the past 30 years, its core business has been electrical and instrument Ex compliance. Mechanical inspection and ATEX compliance were added in 2011, when Mark Temple joined the company.
Story 2 - First IECEx Service Facility Certificate issued in Dubai
In September 2012, Dubai-based WWPS (World Wide Power Services) was granted the first IECEx Service Facility Certificate ever issued in the UAE for repair and overhaul according toIEC 60079-19, Explosive atmospheres - Part 19: Equipment repair, overhaul and reclamation.
At the IECEx conference last March, Mohammed Saleh Badri, Director General of ESMA, revealed that a pan-UAE committee would be established to unify practices and standardization of equipment and services in the explosive atmospheres sector. The committee would propose the adoption of IEC International Standards for equipment in explosive atmospheres, with 2014 set as the introduction date across the United Arab Emirates for ESMA to start issuing IECEx certificates.
Establishing a culture of safety and performance
Badri said: “The 2014 timeline is very short, but that shouldn’t be a problem. This is a small country and in the last two years the Government of the UAE has been very keen to have an integrated system with buy-in from all the different stakeholders. The next step is to promote awareness about the role and importance of standardization bodies across the oil and gas sector […] to ensure compliance with international standards, protect facilities from hazards and prevent accidents and disasters”.
The IECEx Service Facility Certificate obtained by WWPS is definitely a first step in the direction laid out by the UAE government.
World Wide Power Services, established in Dubai in 2002, offers electrical engineering services to customers based throughout the Gulf Region, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Azerbaijan. WWPS is recognized as a leading specialist in the rewinding of electrical motors – both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) – generators and transformers, as well as in the repair of associated electrical rotating equipment – both LV (low voltage) and HV (high voltage). The company also carries out repairs on a great number of motors from major global manufacturers. The services offered by WWPS cover the drilling, petrochemical, marine, mining and heavy engineering industries.
The Certificate was issued by Sira Certification, one of the world leaders in the conformity assessment solutions field, specializing in the safety of equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres. Sira is one of the few Ex CBs (Certification Bodies) that are approved to issue certificates for all three IECEx Schemes: Certified Equipment, Certified Service Facilities and Certified Personnel Competence. Sira is also approved to operate within the IECEx Conformity Mark License System.