We are pleased to see Dr Gordon Drummond, Peter Blake and their associates launch the NSRI at the Subsea Expo 2015. There couldn’t be a more poignant time for this vital collaborative initiative than now.
NSRI launched the key areas on which it will be focusing new subsea R&D.
Dr Gordon Drummond, project director of NSRI said: “Our themes support the need to reduce exploration and operational costs, increase efficiency and productivity and reduce decommissioning costs as outlined in the Wood Review.”
The themes are:
– Environmental impact of decommissioning;
– Decommissioning methods and techniques;
– Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) / Increased Oil Recovery (IOR);
– Well intervention;
– Hardware components, including subsea umbilicals, risers, flowlines and subsea processing systems;
– Operational controls, including control systems, sensory technologies and data management;
– Life of field assurance;
– Economic appraisals;
– Challenging environments;
– Simulation and modelling;
– Small field cluster development;
– Work methods – including reliability, redundancy, quality, codes and standards.
Dr Drummond added: “NSRI is industry-led. Our board has extensive experience in and understanding of what is required in the subsea sector. Through our technology advisory groups and in consultation with industry, we know these are the key areas where new technology and innovation are required. The leaders of these advisory groups will act as champions for our themes.”
The champions appointed to date are Paul Charlton, chief executive officer, PDL Solutions (Europe) Ltd., Peter Blake, subsea systems manager at Chevron, Jason Tisdall, business line manager at Fugro and Paul White, director – subsea technology with GE Oil & Gas.