Dedicated to providing clients with the level of support that they require, RVA offers a ‘helping hand’ via a selection of additional project services.
Baseline decommissioning and near term work plans
With their roots in the nuclear power generation sector, these comprehensive planning tools are becoming increasingly sought after by many world-scale operators. Whilst the precise name of each output varies from client to client, they are essentially sophisticated and dynamic instruments by which future major decommissioning projects can be scheduled, budgeted and prepared for.
Care and maintenance management
Should a client decide to take a plant out of production but for reasons such as corporate strategy or commercial prudence wish to delay the dismantling and clearance process, RVA has developed a service to support clients to achieve their goals in a safe and cost-effective manner.
The experienced RVA team will work with the client’s personnel – whilst their valuable and unparalleled knowledge of the plant remains accessible – to develop robust procedures and systems, enabling the next stages of the project to be undertaken efficiently and at the appropriate time.
The care and maintenance team offers a flexible and bespoke approach to every situation to advise on matters such as decommissioning strategies, fit for purpose decontamination regimes with appropriate documentation provision, and liaison with enforcing authorities regarding COMAH declassification and EP surrender.
Contaminated land management
With environmental protection being high on everybody’s list of priorities, the eradication of pollution and restoration of land to an acceptable state is most important. There is however a tendency for clients to perceive remedial operations as very complex and sophisticated when in effect, simple and cost-effective solutions are available in many cases.
Using a network of experienced organisations and confronting problems in a practical and workable manner, RVA can produce strategies and manage the execution to the satisfaction of all parties.
COMAH license management
When rationalising or decommissioning high-hazard installations, the requirements of all relevant enforcement agencies must be met. The compilation of adequate and robust records is often a difficult task but the challenge is compounded when client resources are limited or no longer available.
RVA has the competence and experience to plan and manage COMAH-related issues whether they are transferred from top tier to lower tier or total declassification.
Asset retirement obligations (FAS143 compliance)
RVA’s asset retirement obligations support service is specifically designed for the oil and gas production sector, and for other organisations who own/operate long-life major assets.
So that organisations can comply with FAS143 and other relevant financial provisioning legislation, RVA has developed an auditable, robust and flexible accounting tool that can be refined to meet individual client needs. Using industry-specific knowledge and expertise, RVA provides soundly-based, updateable and realistic long-term cost estimates, allowing companies to demonstrate that adequate funding has been reserved for the eventual decommissioning of plant and sites.
Operational asset management and retirement provisioning
RVA has developed a new and value-adding service to support the chemical, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, power, process and manufacturing sectors. In its basic form, it provides the foundations for a robust financial management tool enabling plant owners to confidently accrue adequate funds for eventual asset ‘end of life’ decommissioning.
This new bespoke service can be developed into a flexible commercial and engineering instrument that has a wide range of applications:
– Periodic assessment of plant viability against future liabilities
– Evaluation of costs for retro-fitting and improving plant against longer term gains
– Clarity of all costs when assessing viability of plant over its life-cycle
– Realistic cost awareness for acquisition or divestment of assets
– Hard data to support planning and programming of asset retirement
– Development of detailed plant specific feasibility and options studies
– Identification of threats and opportunities.
The service can also be adapted to support the feasibility and pre-construction phases of a plant where longer term costs associated with eventual decommissioning of the installation, could have a significant impact on life-cycle profitability.
With a multi-skilled in-house specialist engineering resource, RVA provides unbiased and credible information that may be readily reviewed and updated as circumstances change.
CDM Principal Designer duties
RVA acts in the UK as CDM Principal Designer (PD) for the vast majority of clients. In our opinion this role is an integral part of the project management structure and extends far beyond that required under Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations (see also EHS management and safety auditing).
Public and private presentations
Quite often it is necessary to discuss and debate with a number of parties the rationale behind pursuing a particular route for a project. This may be with a management team from your own organisation or external parties.
RVA is familiar and comfortable with presenting well-constructed presentations to public authorities, emergency services, enforcing bodies and the general public.
Recognising that often concerns about projects are borne out of lack of knowledge of the discipline, a well set out and understandable explanation to ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ can alleviate fears and provide comfort to those directly or indirectly involved.
Third party liaison
Clients specialise and excel in the execution of their core business, however for most an encounter with a decommissioning or demolition project is a one off experience.
RVA is well equipped to steer the client through this course, ensuring that all external parties – including local authorities, enforcing bodies, local residents and surrounding occupiers – are compliantly and fairly considered and any obligations properly met.
The ethos for every single project is to develop tripartite communication between client, contractor and consultant to ensure it is well managed throughout.