Amid low oil prices, pressure is growing to find industry wide solutions which can reduce costs. The documentation demanded today for subsea operations is time-consuming, complex and costly to deliver. Now a DNV GL led Joint Industry Project (JIP) involving twenty industry players has made a major step forward in addressing this global industry with the first issue of a Recommended Practice.
Working together the partners have invested considerable time to scope out and agree upon a set of typical subsea production systems (SPS) and functions with common terminology and a required minimum set of documentation between E&P operators and contractors. A first issue of the DNV GL Recommended Practice (RP) establishing industry guidelines and recommendations is now available to JIP partners and will be publicly available later this year. The work has been performed in Norway but has an international focus, not limited to appliance to the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
“The JIP group has made significant progression in standardising the vast set of documents for designing, approving, manufacturing, verifying, operating and maintaining subsea equipment. The RP is an important element in DNV GL’s wider drive to streamline the global subsea sector and to increase efficiency, predictability and assure quality,” explains DNV GL JIP project manager, Jarl S. Magnusson. “We are now in dialogue with oil majors in Houston with the aim to build an even broader international network collaborating and capitalising on the joint work.”