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March 22, 2012

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Offshore – IPU maintenance service

A UK manufacturer of secondary diesel-engine starting solutions –  used in critical applications such as offshore emergency power generators, winches, fire pumps and lifeboats – has launched a maintenance service for applications in extreme locations.

IPU considers that a reduction in maintenance crews on oil and gas platforms, a lack of awareness of the critical safety-related function of the starting systems, and a shortage of spares for equipment are leading to the inadequate servicing of secondary power sources. This, suggests the company, could be putting workers at risk.

To resolve this problem, IPU has trained a number of engineering staff to undertake offshore servicing. It says its engineers have passed the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training for helicopter travel to offshore installations. The engineers are also qualified to service and maintain other manufacturers’ kit, as well as IPU solutions, in accordance with the main specifications of the equipment, says the company.

IPU divisional director of starting systems David Caddick says: “We can help reduce the risk of failure of emergency power on oil and gas platforms by providing regular servicing for back-up starter motors. Our highly trained and motivated engineers are on stand-by 24/7, to go to the most hazardous environments, anywhere in the world.”

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