DNV GL has partnered with Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Woodside for a new joint industry project (JIP) to standardise subsea processing systems.

The company is looking out for additional collaborators within the oil and gas supply industry for the project to drive standardisation to ensure benefits throughout the subsea supply chain.

Known as ‘Subsea processing – Standardization of subsea pumping’, the JIP seeks to deepen industry knowledge, and examine the potential for standardisation in subsea processing to encourage progress in the area.

DNV GL said standardisation still allows for flexibility to custom-make facilities at a system level, and also increases predictability in the value chain.

"Subsea boosting systems provide the ability to increase recoverable reserves and further increase economic viability of a project by optimising production."

This way it will reduce transaction costs and also improves the speed of implementation.

Petrobras Research and Development Center executive manager André Lima Cordeiro said: "This JIP intends to contribute by taking the subsea processing and boosting to a higher value level.

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"Petrobras experience with VASPS, MARLIM, MOBO, and other subsea processing systems clearly demonstrates that simplicity, delivery time and competitiveness are mandatory for future applications.

Shell Projects & Technology projects upstream operated and JV vice-president Graham Henley said: "Subsea boosting systems provide the ability to increase recoverable reserves and further increase economic viability of a project by optimising production."

Initially, the JIP’s focus will be on subsea pumping and the participants will contribute their own standardisation studies and initiatives that were earlier performed.

DNV GL – Oil & Gas regional manager for Norway Kjell Eriksson said: "Taking the time to think long-term, and consider the best way to drive progress and best practice in subsea processing, will also help us address pressing issues in the current downturn.

"Industry collaboration, through JIPs such as these, drives efficiency at a collective level, raising the bar for all operators, sharing knowledge and experience, and creating trust and certainty by establishing new or consolidating existing standards and practices."