Offshore

Simple, fast, cost effective testing

Simple, Fast, Cost Effective test for Detecting Microbial Contamination to keep platforms pumping.

Given their very nature offshore platforms and FPSO’s (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading Vessels) are often in remote, harsh environments where it is vitally important that equipment operates properly when called upon as any disruption can prove very costly.

Day tanks, backup power generators, cranes and diesel-powered life craft are all essential elements to the exploration and drilling process and so the fuel required to run such equipment needs to be maintained accordingly.

When a platform loses its main source of power, it is essential that the backup power generator can maintain operations, or in the very least ensure that vital equipment remains functional to support those onboard. Any failure of this vital equipment can have significant impact.

It is never something one ever wants to have to consider but in the event of some need to evacuate the ability of any diesel-powered life craft to ensure people are safely transported away from any danger is essential.

The scenarios go on and on and as such the industry works tirelessly to ensure safety standards are maintained and the right of action undertaken. Fuel samples (amongst others) are taken and tested as a matter of course, but what if the sample is taken on day one of a 14-day rotation and therefore not returned to shore for a period? There is then the waiting time to receive the result and additional time to wait for the execution of any remedial action. One operator believes this period could take up to 8 weeks.

The FUELSTAT® solution

What if it was common knowledge that when detecting fuel samples for microbial contamination it was advised that they were tested, ideally at point of sample and certainly within 24hrs?

Well International Standard ASTM D6469 does indeed highlight that if a sample cannot be tested on-site it should be transported on ice and tested within 4 and no more than 24hrs or the sample may no longer be a true representation of the environment from which it came.

In offshore terms the above is nearly impossible to meet, or is it? What if there was a solution which could be carried out on-site, is simple to use, requires no special handling, transportation, storage or disposal requirements? This is where FUELSTAT® can help

FUELSTAT® is based on immunoassay technology, which is widely used in the medical industry to rapidly and accurately detect such things as pregnancy, prostate cancer and hypoglycaemia. Put simply FUELSTAT® only searches for the specific microorganisms that are known to thrive and do damage in diesel and jet fuel.

FUELSTAT® is simple to use, simply add the sample to the bottle provided with the test kit, shake it, place 4 drops onto a piece of tissue to remove any fuel or particles trapped in the nozzle before adding 4 drops to each of the sample wells on the test paddle and wait 10 minutes for the results to appear. FUELSTAT® requires little instruction and little in the way of rigid sterility controls except for a clean sampling jar. The components of the test kit are also recyclable; however, the fuel sample must be disposed of as per each individual organisation’s own protocol.

If you want instant verification of the result which can be sent to or received by Headquarters back onshore within minutes, then the free to download app, FUELSTAT® Result, will tell you in seconds on your smartphone device.

FUELSTAT® Result

FUELSTAT® Result will not only enable a fully transparent and traceable audit trail to track trends and hotspots, but also provide accurate information to enable effective and more cost-efficient maintenance programs to be undertaken.

It may also assist in identifying assets which are more susceptible to microbial contamination, thus aiding increased risk management and more importantly reduce potential downtime of assets.

Over 100,000 FUELSTAT® tests are used every year all over the globe in many highly regulated industries to monitor microbial contamination in middle distillate fuels. It is compliant with the ASTM D8070 International Standard and is used by organisations the world over from airlines to major fuel operators, from militaries to data centres to keep assets protected.