Client: Shell UK Location: UK Continental Shelf Providing a structured risk assessment.Xodus Group’s specialists assess the safety, environmental and business risks of connecting a new pipeline to an existing gas trunkline in the UK North Sea. ChallengeShell UK’s hot tap project involved welding a 16-in. hot tap on to a major 36-in. gas trunkline operating at over 130-barg and in 150m water depth. This was to be the first major hyperbaric welded hot tap on to a live gas trunk line in the UK sector, presenting unique technical challenges and complex risk management issues. Shell asked Xodus Group to carry out a structured risk assessment of the proposed operation.Assignment scope Carry out detailed project execution risk assessmentDevelop and maintain project risk registerEnsure proper application of risk managementSupport the hot tap project management team in stakeholder reviews / regulator reviews to ensure that the risk “picture” was properly understood and that the risk register was fully up-to-dateDevelop risk-based contingency measures and use cost benefit analysis to identify which contingency measures should be put in place.Results Efficient management of risk assessment data and risk controls using Xodus’ proprietary risk register database system, XRISKRanked list of risk management controls, each formally allocated to a specific personKey performance standards developed by the risk assessment process were a core element in the contract scope of work and tender evaluation process.