Of The Study
Theimportance of maintenance functions and,
therefore, of maintenance management has grown in recent years. Maintenance has
achieved a significant role in organizations performance because it is directly
responsible for the properoperation of the production process. Maintenance area
needs to keep equipment in good working conditions and available to achieve high productivity level of quality products (Isabelet.al. 2014).
is to ensure that equipment are available or fit for use for its lifetime by
the incorporation of all technical, administrative and managerial actions.
is a critically important function of any engineering or business organization
that is dependent on physical assets for producing products. Like the expensive
and production critical equipment found in the Oil and Gas industry, it
(maintenance) has a very crucial part to play during the life cycle of such
equipment. It tries to maximize the performance of the equipment by ensuring
that it operates regularly and efficiently, by attempting to prevent breakdowns
or failures, and by minimizing the losses incurred by breakdowns or failure
Conversely, Maintenance in the industry has two
essential objectives which are a high availability of production equipment and
low maintenance costs. However, a strong factor militating against the
achievement of these objectives is the nature and intensity of equipment
failures in plants. Since system failure can lead to costly stoppages of an
organization’s operation, which may result in low human, material, and
equipment utilization, the occurrence of failure must therefore be reduced or
eliminated. An organization can have its customers build confidence in it by
having uninterrupted flow in operations. Thus, maintenance ensures system
sustenance by avoiding factors that can bother effective productivity, such as
machine breakdown and its several attendant consequences (Hasrulnizzamet.al. 2011).
focusing on budget performance issues, management seldom looks to maintenance
as an area with the potential for significant gains. It’s often a “necessary
evil”. However, maintenance management ineffectiveness in the Oil and Gas
industry guarantees a significant financial loss for the company(an oracle
white paper, 2009). The paper further stated that “significant financial profit
can be made by improving maintenance performance”.
today’s economy, keeping equipment running longer and effectively is more
important than ever. Oil and Gas companies that have efficient and effective
management system saves significantly naira (#120, 000000) by preventing
expensive untimely breakdowns of equipment (an oracle white paper, 2009).
millions of Naira at stake and production loss, maintenance managers therefore
explores every opportunity to improve on the performance and operational
effectiveness of facilities in order to avoid production loss as well as
achieve cost savings for the company. Recent studies has also shown that maintenance
is a major contributor to the performance and profitability of business
research project therefore would evaluate the maintenance management system
employed in the French Oil and Gas giant “Total Exploration & Production
Of The Research Problem
have shown that in many Asset intensive industries like the Oil and Gas
industry, the maintenance management system is confronted with a wide range of
challenges that includes: quality improvement, reduced lead times, set up times
and cost reduction, capacity expansion, improving the reliability of systems
and related safety issues. In other words, maintenance activities and planning
are at the heart of industrial occupation (an oracle white paper, 2009 and Saied,
challenges have placed enormous pressure on the maintenance system to improve
efficiency, increase the operation reliability and minimize downtime at the
same time securing the lowest possible operation costs. These have forced
maintenance managers to adopt methods, tools, techniques, concepts that could
stimulate performance growth and minimize errors, and to utilize resources
effectively towards making the company a “high-performance production plant”.
In other words, incorporating the correct maintenance management system in the
industry equipment is beneficial not only for reducing maintenance cost but
also for increasing productivity of limited resources (i.e. maximum capacity utilization), improved product
quality, customer satisfaction, adequate equipment life span, among other
this research project would evaluate and subsequently recommend improvement on
the maintenance management system of “Total Exploration & Production
Nigeria Limited considered.
research efforts aimed to answer the following research questions:
1. What system of maintenance management
is employed in the company for equipment maintenance?
2. What are the major challenges
confronting the company’s adopted system of maintenance management?
3. How can improvement recommendation
mitigate the challenges confronting the system?
4. What are the characteristics of
persons, their positions, their assumed experience and general background that
are involved in the maintenance management/activities?
aim of this research project is to evaluate and subsequently suggest
improvement on the maintenance management system used in Total Exploration
& Production Nigeria Limited, Obagi base, OML58, Rivers State.
research aim will be achieved using the following objectives, to: -
- Investigate the maintenance
management system in Total E&P Nig. Ltd.
- Evaluate the range of challenge(s)
confronting the maintenance organization of Total E&P Nig. Ltd.
- Recommend measures to improve on
the maintenance management system if need arise.
Of The Study
the range of observable challenges such as; time of delivery of spare
components of equipment, set up time and long isolation period, associated with
maintenance activities while I was undergoing my six (6) months compulsory
industrial training attachment in OML58 field of Total Exploration &
Production Nigeria Limited, it is imperative that the maintenance management
system of the giant oil and gas company be investigated and evaluated. This
research study is therefore targeted at recommending improvement measures on
the maintenance management system of the oil and gas company being considered
and allied companies in the course of this research work as the case may be.
Chapter4Results and Discussion
1 General Introduction
of research problem
1.1 Outline of the research (source: developed
for this research)
And Limitations Of The Study
focus of the research project is limited to investigating and evaluating the
maintenance management system of OML58 field of Total E&P Nig. Ltd. This
research study will not delve into using some analytical tool for investigation
but will be limited to the use of questionnaire as a basis of assessment of the
maintenance practice and the data obtained would be analysed critically using
descriptive statistical tool and the collation would be the representative of
the suggestions and recommendations at the end of the research project.