Summary

ALS provides ongoing inspections of ESP equipment on behalf of an Operator located in Qatar. The inspections are performed at the ESP Supplier facility, as well as the facility of the subcontractor that is used for packaging and shipping the ESP equipment. The support that ALS provides serves to ensure the ESP components are assembled and tested according to procedure, and procedures are regularly updated in accordance with best practices. Furthermore, the ALS inspections ensure a strict adherence to the Operator’s specific packaging and shipping requirements to minimize risk of damage during the transportation of the equipment from Oklahoma to Qatar. Along with the inspections, ALS provides the Operator with daily reports and final reports including pictures and release notifications.

Audited Items

  • Assembly and testing of all ESP equipment including pumps, seals / protectors, intakes, and motors as per Supplier procedures.

  • Protector / Seal manufacturing, assembly & test

  • Procedural updates in accordance with industry best practices.

  • Packaging and preparation for shipment of all assembled equipment, in accordance with Operator-specific procedures.

Findings and Recommendations

The inspections regularly find procedural errors that are addressed immediately. When necessary updates to procedures are identified, the request for changes are communicated with both Supplier and Operator, and agreed upon before implementation. Equipment that fails tests or does not meet specifications is rejected and either re-tested, or disassembled. The cause for rejection is identified, corrected, and the equipment is re-assembled and re-tested to confirm it meets specifications. Once approved, ALS ensures the equipment is placed in secure shipping boxes with the required supports for shock absorption, along with sensors to identify if excessive shock forces are encountered during transportation.

The Operator, Supplier, and ALS work together in the above efforts to ensure the highest quality equipment is being installed, and all are in agreement that these methods have contributed to increased runlives and mitigation of infant failures.