Arnlea Systems Ltd, the global leader in industrial mobile software for tracking, inspection and maintenance for the oil & gas industry, is based in Aberdeen. Success in its local market has been considerable for the SaaS provider, with the majority of North Sea installations using their inspection software, IntrinsixEX for its ATEX inspections and reporting. The opportunities for Arnlea’s inspection and asset management software have continued outside the North Sea, and beyond the traditional offshore oil and gas market.
Arnlea specialises in offshore assets in the oil & gas industry in the UKCS – the majority of assets there utilise IntrinsixEX. Clients deploying Intrinsix are experiencing multi-million-pound savings and payback of the system well within a year, whilst improving operational excellence, compliance, asset integrity, and reducing their OPEX.
IntrinsixEX plays a central role with ATEX industry regulations and IEC 60079 standards compliance, as part of the management of hazardous area equipment. It deploys on handheld technology to provide visibility, accuracy and control of assets, helping to improve efficiency and reliability and, ultimately, extend the asset’s life. Integrating with SAP and IBM Maximo, improving management reporting and overall operational efficiencies IntrinsixEX also improves inspectors’ efficiency by an average of 150%, boosting productivity, and creating a greater sense of ownership during a campaign. It can also help to manage headcount and improve safety; and being cloud-based provides several strategic advantages for its clients, which has had greater resonance with clients since the Covid-19 pandemic.
The software’s Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) strategy can reduce inspection campaigns by up to 50%, freeing teams to focus on other areas of responsibility, giving inspectors a full picture of RBI alarms and thresholds for individual tags, areas and work orders, automatically improving their recognition and efficiency.
This track record has meant Arnlea is now also working with a number of global onshore plant operators who have deployed IntrinsixEX, demonstrating the cloud-based software’s flexibility for onshore and plant inspection and asset management, as well as its traditional offshore base. In addition, they’re providing IntrinsixEX to LNG operators in the Middle East and traditional oil and gas operators in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as commercial vessels converting to LNG in the US.
Arnlea’s project off Malaysia is with Dataran Elektra Sdn Bhd for Wood Group Engineering Sdn. Bhd. Dataran Elektra works with energy partners, manufacturers and EPCC contractors to develop business synergies, technologies and skills to enable them to maximise value. Here, this has provided a two-fold opportunity for both Arnlea and Dataran Elektra as both businesses provide complementary inspection solutions and the two businesses see a significant prospect of working together in the future. This is in addition to both companies working with Wood Group on an operationally critical project to enhance Ex inspections for the oil & gas operator.
Allan Merrit, Arnlea’s MD said,
“Our offshore track record enabled us to win new contracts with two major onshore plants with different operators, one in Europe, one in the Middle East; onshore is a target market for Arnlea and key for 2021-23. These onshore plants have also opened new markets; one is a refinery the other is for LNG. Pioneering into new markets and new opportunities, though challenging during the Covid-19 pandemic, has not been impossible and we believe we have a good foothold in a number of target markets, to continue our growth during the rest of 2020 and into 2021.”
The US market is also a clear strategic target for the business, with the plans to open an office in Houston delayed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Business Development Manager Paul Goonan was due to relocate there during Q2 of 2020. Yet this hasn’t prevented Arnlea from signing its first US contracts with a commercial marine company, who have converted their vessels to LNG and now are required by the US Coastguard to conduct regular Ex inspections. The attraction of IntrinsixEX for them has meant a new inspection regime can be incorporated into their vessel systems and procedures easily, using hardware their teams are already familiar with. The installation dates will be in the autumn of 2020 and there’s no doubt the US market is prime for Arnlea as it looks forward to the next decade.
IntrinsixEX uses auto-ID mobile technology to increase compliance and decrease costs in Ex inspections and maintenance activities and is compliant with IEC 60079 standards and ATEX directives. This makes it highly desirable for businesses seeking to improve or streamline their compliance into their overall operating systems. IntrinsixEX materially improves operations across a host of different profit centres, including Finance, Deployment, Data & Reporting, User and HSEQ levels, and will continue to bring together many cost and productivity efficiencies to benefit oil & gas inspection operations and other commercial on and offshore teams.
Arnlea is a tried and trusted partner for many global oil & gas clients, with more than 25 years’ expertise in supply chain management and operational management activities, providing software solutions to the oil & gas industry.
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