New international standards for offshore oil and gas projects – JIP

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The cost of offshore asset construction has risen over recent years. Large variations in requirements and unique specifications for each project are cost-driving factors which should be addressed. Unfamiliar specifications and processes result in re-work, delays, and misunderstandings which can add thousands of engineering hours. Suppliers are struggling to deliver materials and equipment on specified quality without delays or large additional costs.

DNV GL has initiated a joint industry project (JIP) to establish new international standards for offshore oil and gas projects. The JIP is based on discussions between Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and DNV GL. It is now being discussed with operators and the other Korean yards, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company (DSME), in addition to the Korea Offshore and Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA) and the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI).

The main objective of the JIP is to reduce cost and increase predictability in international offshore EPC projects without compromising quality and safety. The JIP aims to do this by using standardised:
• components and equipment
• qualification procedures

By starting from the constructability viewpoint, this JIP represents a new approach to standardisation. The ultimate goal is to develop internationally-recognised standards based upon the guidelines developed in this project.

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