OREDA Handbook

Since its start-up in the beginning of the 1980s, OREDA has produced comprehensive equipment reliability data to the oil & gas industry. Part of the data are published in handbooks which are updated on a regular basis. The newest version was published in 2015 and can be purchased from our store.

The figure on the left shows the number of publications referring to OREDA published on ScienceDirect between 2000-2018. The figure on the right illustrates the occurrence frequency of words and expressions within the publication keywords.

This demonstrates how OREDA is commonly used in scientific research. In addition, we know that the handbook is frequently used in decision support throughout the whole system lifecycle, from design (e.g. performance forecasting studies) to operation (e.g. reliability centered maintenance studies).

DNV are responsible for the distribution of the OREDA handbook, we kindly refer you to the webshop if you wish to purchase the handbook. The OREDA 2015 handbook is sold for NOK 4 000 per copy (Volume 1 or Volume 2) and NOK 6 000 for both handbooks (Volume 1 and 2) including shipping/handling charges.

OREDA handbook 5th edition

The fifth edition of the OREDA handbook was released in 2009 and is split into two volumes:

  • Volume 1 – Topside equipment
  • Volume 2 – Subsea equipment

As focus in OREDA has been on collecting subsea data in the phases from which data in these books originate, less topside data have been collected than in past OREDA phases. To obtain a reasonable population for presenting reliability data for topside equipment in the 2009 edition, some data issued in the previous 2002 handbook (4th edition) have also been included. The 2002 edition included data collected during OREDA phase IV and V (1993-1999).

Compared to the 2002 edition, there are some minor changes in the reliability data presentation. For the subsea volume, however, data is presented at more detailed taxonomy and application levels than the 2002 issue. The main changes are:

  • Topside equipment:
    Active repair time and restoration man-hours are both given with their mean and maximum values
  • Subsea equipment
    Failures modes and corresponding failure rates are given for each subunit / component and each severity class both for the whole equipment unit and equipment unit subdivided in relation to application.
    Failure mechanisms (previously termed Failure Descriptor) are given for each failure mode. The number of these failures categorised as Critical and Degraded, plus totals, are summarised separately.

Equipment coverage

Topside handbook (Volume 1)
System Equipment class Data from 2002 edition Included in 2009 edition New data in 2009 edition Total data
Phase IV Phase V Phase VI + VII  
No. of units No. of units No. of units No. of units
1. Machinery 1.1 Compressors 75 56 131
1.2 Gas Turbines 56 32 88
1.3 Pumps 160 52 212
1.4 Combustion Engines 75 23 98
1.5 Turboexpanders 8 2 10
2. Electric Equipment 2.1 Electric Generators 26 6 32
2.2 Electric Motors 128 15 143