Subsea

US-based FMC has selected global certification body DNV GL to perform independent third party verification of a subsea completion, production and work-over system.

The high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) project, which is led by FMC as a joint industry programme (JIP) in partnership with Anadarko, BP, Conoco Phillips and Shell, is aimed at product standardisation and cost-efficiency.

DNV GL Subsea and Well Systems unit in North America lead Martha Viteri said: "HPHT equipment design should be treated carefully as the associated risks are not a simple extrapolation from the current 15k psi, 250ºF operating conditions.

"The design and subsequent independent verification for equipment that can withstand these hostile environments is complex and demanding."

"The design and subsequent independent verification for equipment that can withstand these hostile environments is complex and demanding. Rigorous risk management is an integral part of such technological developments."

Already involved in various HPHT projects in the US, DNV is supporting safe operations and ensuring compliance with BSEE HPHT regulations.

"We see an increasing demand for our HPHT competence and a determination within the industry to work more together to safely push technological boundaries," Viteri added.

In order to drive subsea standardisation through the supply chain, DNV is involved in various joint industry projects.

The company has published three recommended practices in 2015 to streamline subsea documentation and cut down the lead times for subsea forging.


Image: DNV supports safe subsea operations and ensures compliance with BSEE HPHT regulations. Photo: courtesy of DNV.