ABERDEEN, UK - Wood Group has noted that it is leading five new joint industry projects (JIPs) in subsea engineering. All are due to run until 2018.
Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will work with various oil and gas operators, contractors and regulators to improve quality, safety and competence, and to achieve savings in design and unplanned intervention costs.
SURFIM Network Phase 1 involved 14 major companies. SURFIM Network Phase II will organize forums for knowledge sharing and delivering solutions to subsea integrity and reliability challenges, focusing in particular on subsea hardware. This initiative has been delivered with the support of the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF)
Phase III, Slug Loading & Response in Pipelines and Risers (SLARP) focuses on developing best practice for analysis of slug loading and response in pipelines, spools and risers, and has five participants.
SureFlex2015 will update failure statistics and industry guidance on flexible pipe integrity and the associated tools and technologies used for inspection and monitoring. This project, run in collaboration with Oil & Gas UK, is backed by 10 participants.
The Subsea Engineering Competency (SECOMP) JIP will develop a framework for assessing the competency of subsea engineering personnel and will seek to develop standardization across companies and regions. It is supported by three operators, the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
Finally, the Subsea Equipment Australian Reliability (SEAR) JIP, supported by six operators in Australian waters, aims to reduce subsea equipment failures through collaboration and knowledge sharing. This should improve subsea equipment design for Australia’s offshore environment and help avoid costly interventions.