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Subsea processing JIP - Standardization of subsea pumping

Subsea processing JIP - Standardization of subsea pumping: JIP participants
Members of the Subsea Processing JIP team (from the left): Lars Even Torbergsen (DNV GL), Jo Erik Gabriel (DNV GL), Ove Fritz Jahnsen (TechnipFMC), Ketil Bjørnebekk (TechnipFMC), Rune Mode Ramberg (Statoil), Håkon Grimstad (OneSubsea), Sigmund Rasmussen (AkerSolutions), Kristin Nergaard Berg (DNV GL), Adrian Williams (Shell), John Daniel Friedemann (Baker Hughes GE), Ole Økland (Statoil), Åge Hofstad (AkerSolutions), Geir Bjørn Alnes (DNV GL), Aslaug Melbø (Baker Hughes GE), Karl Jørgen Kristiansen (Statoil), Hans Kristian Sundt (Baker Hughes GE), Hans Christian Nilsen (AkerSolutions), Anders Husby (DNV GL).

Latest project update – Phase 2 well underway- open for more operators to join

Phase 2 of the Subsea Processing JIP kicked off 16 March 2017. Participants include suppliers AkerSolutions, Baker Hughes GE, OneSubsea and TechnipFMC and operators Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Woodside. 

Phase 2 is expected to last until end of 2018 and lead to a guideline and eventually recommended practice for subsea pumping systems.  Throughout the project, agreed outcome from the activities is included in the guideline document and sent for internal hearing. The document starts to mature and table of content can be downloaded here.

Chairman of the Steering Committee is Rune Ramberg from Statoil.

Background for the JIP 

Our industry is looking towards standardization for ensuring cost efficient and reliable technology. Subsea processing is a relatively young field of technology, but over the recent years, experience has grown significantly with developments as Total’s Pazfloor project, Petrobras’ Marlim project and Statoil’s Troll Pilot, Tordis, Åsgard and Gullfaks.  

Equal to more conventional solutions, subsea processing must prove to be cost efficient to be considered attractive. At the same time, subsea processing will be an enabler for increased oil recovery.  

To address the above, this DNV GL JIP works towards standardization of subsea processing, starting off with subsea pumping.  


The objective of the JIP is to reduce cost in a lifetime perspective for subsea processing. The JIP will initially focus on subsea pumping.  

Phase 2: Guideline for subsea pumping 

Building on Phase 1, the JIP will continue with development of detailed descriptions of standardized solutions for subsea pumping. The strategy for Phase 2 will be to gradually progress the standardization work for subsea pumping from requirements on system level towards development of more detailed descriptions.  

The scope for Phase 2 is defined in the document ‘Plan for Standardization’ that was developed in Phase 1 of the JIP. The plan describes a list of activities with defined deliverables that will feed into the contents of the guideline. The intention is to issue the guideline as a DNV GL Recommended Practice for industry use.  

Phase 2 activities are related to:

  • Standards, functional requirements and specifications
  • System design
  • Pump modules and pressure containing equipment
  • Control system and instrumentation
  • Power system
  • Materials and welding
  • Qualification work processes and test requirements.

Phase 1: Alignment and definition

Phase 1 lasted from December 2015 – December 2016 and delivered ‘Functional description for subsea pumping’ and ‘Plan for Standardization’ (scope for Phase 2). Four operators and two suppliers participated in Phase 1: FMC, OneSubsea, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Woodside.

For more information about the JIP, please contact:

Rune Mode Ramberg

JIP chairman, Statoil

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