A joint-industry project (JIP), led by DNV GL, has released the first issue of a recommended practice (RP) for documentation of subsea operations.

The 20-member JIP has agreed on a set of typical subsea production systems (SPS) and functions with common terminology, and a minimum set of documentation between E&P operators and contractors.

Partners of the JIP include Aker Subsea, Centrica Energi, Det norske oljeselskap, DNV GL, FMC Technologies, GE Oil & Gas, GDF SUEZ E&P Norge, and Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies, as well as Lundin Norway, Oceaneering, OneSubsea, RWE Dea Norge, Statoil Petroleum, Subsea7, Subsea Valley, and Suncor.

Norwegian Oil and Gas Association and Petroleum Safety Authority Norway are the observers.

"The recommendations are initially available to the JIP members, and will be made public later."

The recommendations are initially available to the JIP members, and will be made public later.

The JIP was formed to develop a RP presenting the minimum set of documentation requirements for all major subsea components.

Second phase of the project includes the extension of the existing scope of SPS to include subsea, umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF), and to further address documentation needs of contractors and suppliers.

Phase three of the project will be undertaken in 2016. It will include the identification of an improved and shared solution for governance of information and a finalised DNV GL RP.

DNV GL JIP project manager Jarl Magnusson said: "The JIP group has made significant progression in standardising the vast set of documents for designing, approving, manufacturing, verifying, operating, and maintaining subsea equipment.

"The RP is an important element in DNV GL’s wider drive to streamline the global subsea sector and to increase efficiency, predictability, and assure quality.

"We are now in dialogue with oil majors in Houston with the aim to build an even broader international network collaborating and capitalising on the joint work."