JIP issues recommended practices to standardize offshore installations

Offshore staff

HØVIK, Norway – The first phase of a DNV GL-led joint industry project (JIP) to promote a global standard for engineering and construction of offshore oil and gas installations has delivered four recommended practices (RPs). 

The outcome of the JIP is expected to be reduced complexity, less rework and delays, and greater predictability. This will help reduce cost and increase quality further, enabling more projects to move forward.

Phase 1 of the JIP has comprised DNV GL, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the Korea Offshore and Shipbuilding Association, and the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute.

The RPs provide guidance for meeting requirements in multiple recognized standards applied globally and also provide guidance and propose new standards in areas where no standards exist. They aim to reduce variations and unique requirements for every project and thereby to reduce the general cost level and delays in offshore oil and gas projects.

The RPs are:

• DNVGL-RP-E401 Recommendation for selecting standards for piping components

• DNVGL-RP-E402 Recommendation for selecting standards for electrical and instrumentation components

• DNVGL-RP-B201 Recommendation for selecting standards for structural steel materials

• DNVGL-RP-E403 Recommendation for selecting standards for steel bulk items.

Hans Petter Ellingsen, Group leader for offshore risk advisory, Korea, DNV GL - Oil & Gas, said: “The RPs are the first in a series to reduce cost and increase predictability without compromising quality and safety in international offshore development projects.  DNV GL is working closely with oil companies, engineering houses and fabricators to develop the submitted RPs further for global application.”

Kil Seon Choi, chairman and CEO of HHI, said: “South Korean shipyards are market leaders for construction of floating and fixed offshore oil and gas installations and HHI has been on the forefront to drive initiatives to reduce the general cost level for the oil and gas industry. A major part of these efforts is to drive efficiencies through greater standardization.

“Standardization will provide an opportunity to enhance efficiency and competitiveness of whole value chains in the oil and gas industry and induce environmental improvement by minimizing the surplus resources. These RPs are a very positive and radical step forward which will help to reduce inefficiencies in design and construction as well as to increase predictability and quality even further.”

The second phase of the JIP is under way and will deliver extended recommended practices for equipment packages, documentation requirements, and procedures.

07/07/2016

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