Setting best practice with the industry

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Setting best practice with the industry

DNV GL’s global network of expert colleagues develops our cutting-edge research and innovation portfolio, often in partnership with other industry organizations. Joint industry projects (JIPs), and other processes, such as the development of sounding boards and hearing rounds, frequently lead to recommended practices (RPs) to best tackle industry challenges. Below are examples of current RPs generated through such processes.

Response to EU Safety Directive

The European offshore safety directive (2013/30/EU) imposes greater focus on preventing major environmental incidents through the identification and management of safety and environmentally critical elements (SECEs).

As the directive neared the July 2015 deadline for transposition into law throughout the EU, there was no common industry approach to meet regulatory requirements related to SECEs.

DNV GL’s new RP (DNVGL-RP-G104) for identification and management of environmental barriers addresses this gap. Based on the familiar barrier management concept, it provides guidelines and recommendations to identify SECEs, develop performance standards, and perform assurance and verification of SECEs for offshore operations

Download the RP at: dnvgl.com/envbarriers

If you have any enquiries with Response to EU Safety Directive, please contact Tor Jensen.

New guidance for Sand Management

Problems created by sand slowing or halting hydrocarbon production and eroding assets may cost the industry tens of billions of dollars annually.[1] DNV GL has developed industry guidance, allowing operators to develop sand management strategies to reduce related risks safely and optimize production rates.

DNVGL-RP-O501 provides guidance on how to safely and cost effectively manage consequences of sand production and erosion from reservoirs through production wells, flowlines and processing facilities. First issued in 1996, the updated RP includes new guidance on development, implementation and follow-up of a high-level sand management strategy, and provides more background material for erosion response models. The RP’s content is captured in a two-day sand management course.

Download the RP at: dnvgl.com/sandmanagement

If you have any enquiries with New guidance for sand management, please contact Lars Even Torbergsen.

Fibre rope reliability

The offshore oil and gas industry uses a range of synthetic materials for fibre ropes across various mission-critical activities where safety is a key concern. These include mooring systems, lifting slings, and deepwater deployment and recovery systems for subsea infrastructure. Such ropes exhibit superb endurance where reliability is vital for safe, secure and successful operations.

DNV GL has established an RP providing guidance on the engineering, manufacture and integration of offshore fibre ropes to perform well in their designated service. DNVGL-RP-E305 is based on findings from two JIPs and a Statoil-commissioned JIP pre-study.

The RP addresses design of synthetic lines, the testing of their performance characteristics, and how they will function as part of an integrated system.

Download the RP at: dnvgl.com/fibreropes

If you have any enquiries with Fibre rope reliability, please contact Vidar R. Åhjem.

Groningen offers full Multiphase Flow tests

Our Multiphase Flow Laboratory in Groningen, the Netherlands, allows companies to test, validate and calibrate multiphase technologies. These include separators and multiphase flow meters used in oil and gas production, well management and hydrocarbon allocation.

The facility can recreate conditions experienced in the field, such as a full range of multiphase fluid compositions at realistic temperatures, pressures and flow rates. Our experts assist the development of standard industry protocols for equipment and testing.

[1] ‘Practical approaches to sand management’, Oilfield Review, spring 2004