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UK-based firm Wood has initiated the next phase of Subsea Equipment Australian Reliability Joint Industry Project (SEAR JIP) intended to better understand the reliability of subsea equipment for offshore Australia.

The industry collaboration initiative is led by Wood and supported by multiple operators such as Chevron Australia, ConocoPhillips, Quadrant and Woodside.

Under the project, the partners aim to share knowledge to improve the equipment’s design, as well as minimise costs and time required for interventions in the country’s offshore warm water environment.

Wood Specialist Technical Solutions business CEO Bob MacDonald said: “We have been leading the SEAR JIP since 2014, partnering closely with Australian subsea system operators to deliver what we are confident will create a tangible step-change in subsea reliability.

“The powerful combination of Wood and the collaborating companies’ knowledge and expertise enables the development of innovative solutions to address the challenges we collectively face.”

“This phase of the project will build on our work to date, with a key focus on improving understanding of subsea equipment reliability issues.”

The newly launched phase of the project will continue to capture data for subsea equipment in Australian operations, determine cleaning best practice for marine fouling and assess the performance of umbilicals to establish best practice remediation strategies.

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In addition, the collaborators will work towards advancing a marine fouling subsea test programme aimed at primarily deploying new living laboratories in Northern Australia.

These additional facilities will assess the performance of new coatings, materials and technologies against calcareous deposition and plant or animal growth.

SEAR JIP project manager Adriana Botto said: “This phase of the project will build on our work to date, with a key focus on improving understanding of subsea equipment reliability issues.

“The long-term value of the project will be a step change in industry practice and performance, with lessons learned shared across operators, vendors and research institutions.”