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3 questions on Standards

In each edition of Pulse, we publish a short interview with an IOGP colleague or Committee Member. This month’s interview is with Sajeev Menon, IOGP’s recently appointed Standards Manager.

  1. Let’s start with a simple question: Why IOGP?

The world is going through a very exciting energy transition phase. We must address the dual challenge of meeting the rising energy demand of a growing global population whilst at the same time reducing our emissions.  The oil and gas industry has a vital role to play in this energy transition by reducing GHGs, supplying cleaner energy, and developing low carbon technologies.

Working at IOGP provides me with a great opportunity to play my part in the energy transition, by representing the oil and gas industry to standards bodies, regulators, and governments, and influencing and supporting the development of low carbon technologies and practices.

  1. Why is standardization so important for the oil and gas industry?

The global oil and gas industry requires standards to operate safely and reliably, assure quality, reduce, and mitigate risks and minimize costs.

Standardization helps to reduce uncertainties and improve performance. It helps drive efficiencies in the industry, boosts equipment interchangeability, and lowers costs.

  1. What are the key areas the Standards Committee is currently focussing on?

Our primary aim is to improve the safety and integrity of oil and gas capital facilities and lower their lifecycle cost. We achieve this through the efficient creation, adoption and use of a single set of international standards and IOGP specifications that can be recognized globally and used locally worldwide.

Our focus areas are: To support the development of international standards through The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); Host drafting of ISO standards under the IOGP Standards Solution; Promote sector-wide simplification and harmonisation of company specific supplements to international standards through JIP33 and JIP35; Work with The American Petroleum Institute (API), ISO, NORSOK, The Unified Bulk Standardization Joint Industry Project (UBJIP) and others to make development of international standards more efficient; Provide operator leadership in standardisation and digitalisation of the sector-wide major capital project workflow; and continue to work to align API and ISO standards.

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