ABERDEEN, UK – A Wood Group Kenny-led (WGK) forum that addresses subsea integrity management issues is to be extended for a further three years.
Phase I of theSURF IM Network got under way last year, supported by 14 operators. Phase II, with estimated costs of £300,000 ($460,000), will run on an annual subscription basis through 2018.
The program organizes face-to-face and virtual forums for knowledge sharing and devising solutions to subsea integrity and reliability problems, with a focus on subsea hardware.
According to Kieran Kavanagh, WGK’s technology development director, aims include solutions that help to reduce risk, improve reliability, and minimize life-of-field costs in thesubsea industry.
Phase I priorities included improved understanding of control system module reliability, and the findings of a participant survey were presented to subsea suppliers highlighting integrity challenges and ways of achieving enhanced reliability in the future.
A previous WGK joint industry project on integrity management of subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline systems identified key failure mechanisms, investigated inspection and monitoring technologies and gaps, and developed best practice guidelines for integrity management of subsea facilities.