Majors cooperate on subsea forgings JIP
A joint industry project led by DNV GL is working to harmonize quality management requirements for steel forgings for subsea applications.
A complementary new guideline DNVGL-RP-B202 is designed to instil a unified approach to qualification of manufacturers and the manufacturing procedure, and to perform production oversight.
Dr. Brian Newbury, ExxonMobil, JIP Steering Committee chairman, said: “Achieving alignment from the major independent operators to remove direct oversight of critical forgings manufacturing, coupled with vendors’ and forgemasters’ commitment to provide consistent quality oversight across the industry, enables this industry strategy to reduce lead times.”
According to DNV GL’s seventh annual benchmark study, Short-term agility, long-term resilience, subsea technology is the highest ranked area globally for R&D among emerging technologies in 2017.
To reduce complexities, two-thirds of respondents said their organization would seek greaterstandardization of tools and processes in 2017.
Mons Hauge, chief engineer, Statoil, said: “Standardization is crucial to make subsea solutions even more competitive. We are pleased to see the good results from the jointstandardization effort by the oil and gas industry as Statoil applies this new recommended practice for subsea forging in our future field development.”
“We are dependent on a streamlined supply chain to ensure quality, and to cut cost and delivery time,” added Elisabeth Hauso Skjerven, chief engineer, Aker Solutions. “We therefore welcome standardization initiatives that harmonize customer requirements. Together with the operators, we are now implementing the recommended practices in projects.”
Companies involved in developing the recommended practice in Phase two of the JIP are: Aker Solutions, BP International, Brück, Celsa, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Det Norske, Dril-Quip, Ellwood Group, Eni, ExxonMobil, Franchini Acciai, Frisa, GE, OneSubsea, Petrobras, Ringmill, Scana Subsea,Statoil, TechnipFMC, and Total.
Other subsea standardization initiatives led by DNV GL coverdocumentation, welding, and subsea process equipment.