DNV GL has published a new recommended practice (RP) for the standardization of the requirements of operators for welding and inspection of subsea equipment. The new RP that has been developed by a joint industry project aims to bring together manufacturing processes and thereby bring a significant reduction in lead time and cost.
DNVGL-RP-B204 Welding of subsea production system equipment will provide agreed operator needs that work together for the first time and also give guidelines for best practices which will make sure that the fabrication of subsea pressure retaining equipments like wellheads, Xmas trees, manifolds, and jumpers are consistent.
For many projects which are related to subsea development, the RP has been put in as a contract reference.
“The joint industry project has shown that the subsea sector is willing and prepared to standardize requirements in order to safely reduce cost while ensuring consistent high quality. This new addition to DNV GL’s growing set of recommended practices for subsea applications is another important step towards a more united, sustainable, and cost-effective sector,” said Stian Saltnes Gurrik, JIP Project Manager, materials technology.
DNVGL-RP-B204 complements the new DNV GL RP which has been launched recently. These will help in giving more cost effective and eco friendly subsea processing for better hydrocarbon recovery. The DNVGL-RP-F303 gives a brief specification for subsea pumping systems and helps the present standards of the industry.
The goal of the JIP series of the company is to expand the scope of RPs to more applications that come under the production systems of subsea.
“The oil and gas sector is on a clear path to increasing efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint. In order to keep pace and stay competitive, it is essential for all involved in the subsea industry to work together to standardize operations and avoid unnecessary cost and risk. DNV GL’s new recommended practice for Welding of subsea production system equipment will support this goal”, added Liv A. Hovem, CEO, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.