The DNV GL-led joint industry project (JIP) on standardizing subsea processing which aims to reduce cost in a lifetime perspective has progressed to Phase 2.
Initially focusing on subsea pumping, the partners in Phase 1 have now concluded the functional description of subsea pumping, while Phase 2 will deliver standardized guidelines.
Although subsea processing is a target area for innovation, operational experience has also grown in recent years, with significant developments made by, among others, Total, Petrobras, Shell and Statoil. However, the lack of standardization which is driving costs up is still seen to make subsea processing less competitive than alternative solutions, DNV GL explained.
Kristin Nergaard Berg, JIP project manager, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, said: “Subsea standardization offers tremendous benefits. It allows flexibility for tailor-made facilities at a system level through standard functional descriptions and specifications, while also increasing predictability in the value chain. This will not only lower transaction costs and accelerate implementation for all parties, but also allow freedom to innovate and employ new technology.”
The kick-off for Phase 2 of the Subsea Processing JIP was held at DNV GL’s headquarters at Høvik, Norway. The JIP includes system suppliers Aker Solutions, GE Oil & Gas, OneSubsea and TechnipFMC and operators Shell, Statoil and Woodside.
Phase 2 is expected to lead to a guideline and eventually a recommended practice for subsea pumping systems.
Kjell Eriksson, regional manager Norway, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, said: “Like more conventional solutions, subsea processing must prove to be cost efficient to be considered attractive. At the same time, subsea processing will be an enabler for increased oil recovery. Through collaboration with the big players in the subsea industry, this JIP drives subsea processing towards being a competitive and viable solution for a wide range of future oil and gas fields.”
Phase 2 will be completed in 18 months, DNV GL added.