Engineering group Penspen signed a $1.2 million contract
with a range of private and public companies and institutions
to develop integrity policies and procedures for Mexican
state-owned oil and gas company PEMEX.
The contract, which is set to last two years, is the first
to be agreed since the opening of Penspens new Mexico
City office this summer.
Under the terms of the agreement, Penspen says it will
assist in the development of a plan for managing the integrity
and reliability of transmission
pipelines, gathering pipelines, onshore pipelines, offshore
pipelines, storage terminals and maritime terminals.
In addition, the company will provide training related to
pipeline integrity/risk assessment, review the current Mexican
pipeline integrity management plan, and give input into
discussions on best risk assessment methods,
integrity evaluations, response to evaluations, and evaluation
The project is expected to start this month.
As part of the project, Penspen is working in
collaboration with Corrosión y Protección SA.
(CPI) to deliver integrity consultancy and training services to
Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, it said.
In addition, SENER (National Secretariat of Energy) and
CONACYT (National Science and Technology Council) are providing
research and development services.
CPI is also working together with CONACYT to develop a
unified system for the reliability and integrity management
of the Pemex logistics process, it said.
Other organizations to sign the deal include the National
Council of Science and Technology (SENER-CONACYT), construction company CPI, the
Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), the National Autonomous
University of Mexico (UNAM), and Campeche and Texas
PEMEX is a major oil and gas company, and like all
majors, they must constantly seek to improve both safety and
performance, said Phil Hopkins, Penspen technical
This project will give PEMEX the
procedures, strategies, and know-how to achieve both these
goals. Penspens UK and Mexican teams are all looking
forward to the technical challenges this project brings, and working with
such a prestigious group of companies.