18 April 2016
The number of documents for subsea projects is increasing. A Joint Industry Project initiated by an offshoreenergy.dk member aims at reducing the number of required documents by introducing a “Recommended Practice”.
DNV GL will release the ‘Required Technical Documentation for Subsea Projects’ publicly as an open source standard in second quarter of 2016, after a formal hearing process has been conducted during first quarter of 2016.
The number of documents in subsea development projects is increasing and can involve as many as up to 80,000 documents over a lifecycle of 30 years. To develop, maintain and verify the quality, accuracy and availability of documentation, operators, contractors and suppliers will often spend millions of dollars on document management, technical reviews and information management systems. In that respect, DNV GL has managed a Joint Industry Project with the objective to introduce a Recommended Practice that aim to assist in standardizing the required documentation and thus reducing the paperwork.
“When you are busy at work, you don’t have the time to sit down and analyse what documents are really necessary to review and which one are not - you just ask for it all. Lack of trust between the operators and contractors may also increase transmittal of documents to assure that you get what you have specified in the contract. The fact that there have been many new and inexperienced players involved, may also have a negative effect of the number of documents produced and transmitted,” explains Bente Helen Leinum.
She is the Senior Principal Consultant – Subsea System Operations, Business Framework and Management Advisory in DNV GL Oil & Gas in Norway.
Back in 2013, DNV GL decided to make an effort to standardize documents and reduce the number of documents transmitted between the different parties, thus reducing project costs by introducing a new Recommended Practice between E & P operators and contractors.
“We’ve started a Joint Industry Project. We managed to gather 20 offshore operators, suppliers and the authorities, which have put a lot of effort and working hours into the project,” explains Bente Helen Leinum, who has been leading the project with a group of colleagues in DNV GL.
“The objective is to identify the technical documents that are needed for the subsea projects during the procurement to the construction phase and to identify which documents from the construction phase should follow to the operational phase,” she explains.
The new recommended practice named ‘Required Technical Documentation for Subsea Projects’ will be released in May 2016 - after the hearing rounds.
Although the JIP has been carried out in Norway, it is not limited to appliance to the Norwegian Continental Shelf. DNV GL is in dialogue with oil majors in Houston with the aim to build an even broader international network collaboration and capitalizing on the joint work. As the ‘Best Practice’ will be released publicly later this year, DNV GL aims to contribute to reducing costs within oil & gas production internationally.
For more information, please contact offshoreenergy.dk or read more about the project here
The industry players are: Aker Subsea AS; Brightport, Centrica Energi, Det norske oljeselskap ASA, DNV GL, Eni Norge AS, FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, GCE Subsea, GDF SUEZ E & P Norge, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS, Lundin Norway AS, Norsk olje og Gass, Oceaneering, OneSubsea Processing AS, DEA Norge AS, PSA (Norwegian authority) Statoil Petroleum AS, Subsea7, Subsea Valley and SUNCOR.