Qualification of Offshore New Technologies

Qualification of new technologies is a key step for any new offshore oil and gas project.

Novelty is assumed to increase the probability or the frequency of failure of the technology. It introduces uncertainties that imply risk for all stakeholders.
And, by definition, new technology is generally not covered by established codes and procedures.  

At the same time, offshore oil and gas projects are among the most capital- and technology- intensive projects, particularly because their development calls for expensive field surveys, test campaigns and production unit investment.

You cannot afford to make the wrong choice in design, system or equipment and must deal with a wide range of parameters: operating environment, performance, reliability, maintainability, operability, safety, environmental preservation, etc.

In this context, qualification of new technology is the means to ensure that the identified failure modes of the technology will be prevented or will occur with an acceptable likelihood.

The qualification process is intended to substantiate, with an acceptable level of confidence and in a cost effective manner, that a technology is fit for purpose in accordance with contractor requirements, that it complies with designer specifications, that it is sufficiently reliable and that it is safe for people and the environment.

During project development, the methodology can also be used to compare several technical solutions and identify potential showstoppers. In this way, it can be incorporated into the decision making process.

      


The methodology proposed by Bureau Veritas for the qualification of new technologies or existing technologies used in a new context is described in Bureau Veritas guidance note NI525.

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