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Common Acronyms

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

New to the industry? No shortage of acronyms around here right? Hope this helps a little. (and this is just a quick start, feel free to send in questions or additions to

AMV Annulus Master Valve

ANSI American National Standards Institute

API American Petroleum Institute

ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials

BOED Barrel(s) of Oil Equivalent per Day

BOP Blowout Preventer

BSEE Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

BS&W Base Sediment & Water

CIV Chemical Injection Valve

DBB Double Block and Bleed

ESD Emergency Shutdown

FAT Factory Acceptance Test

FCV Flow Control Valve

FIT Flow Indicating Transmitter

HAZOP Hazard and Operability Study

HIPPS High-Integrity Pressure Protection System

HPU Hydraulic Power Unit

HSE Health, Safety, and Environment

IBC Intermediate Bulk Container (tote tank)

IECEx Int'l Electrotechnical Commission System (standards for Explosive Atmospheres)

I/O Inputs/Outputs

IP Ingress Protection

ITP Inspection Test Plan

IWOCS Installation / Workover Control System

I&E Instrumentation & Electrical

JSA Job Safety Analysis

LACT Lease Automatic Custody Transfer

LIT Level Indicating Transmitter

LOTO Lock Out / Tag Out

MOPU Mobile Offshore Production Unit

MOV Motor Operated Valve

MMcf Million Cubic Feet (of natural gas)

NACE National Association of Corrosion Engineers

NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association

PI Pressure Indicator (gauge)

PIT Pressure Indicating Transmitter

PPE Personal Protective Equipment

PLC Programmable Logic Controller

PSV Pressure Safety Valve

PWV Production Wing Valve

P&IDs Piping & Instrument Diagrams

SAT Site Acceptance Test

SCADA Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

SCSSV Surface-Controlled Subsurface Safety Valve

SIL Safety Integrity Level

SSV Surface Safety Valve

TUTA Topsides Umbilical Termination Assembly

TUTU Topsides Umbilical Termination Unit

UL Underwriters Laboratories

USCG United States Coast Guard

VDRL Vendor Data Requirements List

WHCP Wellhead Control Panel

WV Wing Valve

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