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ISO 20815

Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries — Production assurance and reliability management Certification

ISO 20815 is a globally recognized standard that focuses on the reliability and maintainability of equipment used in the petroleum, petrochemical, and natural gas industries. It provides guidelines and best practices for enhancing and managing equipment throughout its lifecycle, promoting safe and efficient operations in this critical sector.

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Production assurance and reliability management are integral aspects of the Petroleum, Petrochemical and Natural Gas industries, ensuring the safe and efficient extraction, processing, and transportation of hydrocarbons. These practices aim to maximize production uptime, reduce downtime, and enhance overall asset performance while maintaining strict safety standards.

  • Production Assurance:

    Production assurance encompasses a set of methodologies and strategies to guarantee the continuous flow of hydrocarbons from reservoirs to end-users. It involves the identification and mitigation of potential bottlenecks, flow assurance challenges, and system vulnerabilities throughout the production process. By addressing factors like fluid dynamics, well integrity, and operational procedures, production assurance minimizes interruptions and optimizes hydrocarbon production.

  • Reliability Management:
    Reliability management focuses on maintaining the dependable performance of equipment and facilities utilized in the oil and gas sector. This includes drilling rigs, pipelines, compressors, refineries, and more. The primary goal is to prevent unplanned shutdowns, breakdowns, and accidents, as well as to reduce maintenance costs and extend equipment lifespan.

Benefits of becoming certified

Key Aspects of Production Assurance and Reliability Management:

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    Risk Assessment and Management: Comprehensive risk assessments are conducted to identify potential hazards and vulnerabilities. Mitigation plans are then developed to address these risks, ensuring that safety and operational goals are balanced.

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    Predictive Maintenance: Reliability management utilizes advanced technologies, such as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, to detect potential issues in equipment before they lead to failures. This approach minimizes unplanned downtime and improves maintenance efficiency.

  • 3

    Asset Integrity Management: Production assurance and reliability management practices prioritize asset integrity, focusing on preventing corrosion, degradation, and other forms of deterioration that can compromise equipment performance.

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    Compliance and Regulatory Adherence: Both production assurance and reliability management must adhere to industry standards, government regulations, and environmental requirements to ensure safe and responsible operations.

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    Continual Improvement: These practices emphasize a culture of continuous improvement, analyzing past incidents and performance data to enhance operational processes and optimize overall system reliability.

Key Features:

  • Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Focus: ISO 20815 emphasizes the importance of optimizing the reliability and maintainability of equipment in the oil and gas sector, promoting safe and efficient operations.

  • Lifecycle Considerations: The standard offers practical recommendations for implementing effective R&M strategies from equipment design and selection to installation, operation, and decommissioning.

  • Asset Management Enhancement: By adhering to ISO 20815, organizations can streamline asset management practices, reduce downtime, and improve the overall operational efficiency of critical equipment.

  • Industry Relevance: ISO 20815 is designed to cater specifically to the petroleum, petrochemical, and natural gas industries, ensuring that their unique challenges and requirements are addressed.

  • Globally Recognized: As an internationally recognized standard, ISO 20815 facilitates uniformity and consistency in production assurance and reliability management practices across the globe.

Optimized Maintenance

This approach helps organizations schedule maintenance tasks based on equipment condition, reducing unnecessary maintenance and associated costs.

Improved Safety

promote safety by identifying potential risks and hazards in the production process. Implementing the standard’s guidelines can lead to enhanced safety protocols and a reduction in accidents or incidents

Cost Saving

Enhanced reliability and optimized maintenance practices result in cost savings due to reduced downtime, improved efficiency, and minimized repair or replacement expenses.

Regulatory Compliance

demonstrate compliance with industry standards and government regulations, ensuring that organizations meet necessary legal requirements.

What is ISO 20815 ?

Production Assurance and Reliability Management are critical components of the oil and gas industries. By ensuring uninterrupted production, maintaining equipment reliability, and upholding safety standards, these practices play a pivotal role in supporting the sector’s sustainability and efficiency while minimizing risks and maximizing profitability.


Step 1

Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.


Step 2

Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an WECERT Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.


Step 3

Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by WECERT. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.