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Back ground

Offshore projects are developed according to different set of standards depending on applicable regulations, the owner's requirements and operational context. The cost of offshore projects has been on the rise and the large variations and unique requirements for every project is a cost driving factor which should be addressed. Unfamiliar specifications and processes are today resulting in re-work, delays, misunderstanding and are adding thousands of engineering hours to the projects. Suppliers are struggling to deliver materials and equipment on specified quality without delays or large additional costs. Oil companies are mobilizing big teams to follow-up yards and suppliers. Owners are typically mobilizing 100 -300 people at the yards for large offshore projects compared to typically 25 for mobile offshore units (MOUs).

The main idea is that standardization will be an opportunity to reduce the general cost level for offshore projects without compromising on quality or safety.

By starting from the constructability viewpoint, offshore standardization JIP(Joint Industry Project) represents a new approach to standardizationt.

Expect benefits from standardization

  • Predictable component/equipment requirements and capabilities
  • Less time spent on systems engineering due to increased predictability in Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC)
  • Adequate and risk based requirements for audits, inspections and verification
  • Less time spent on discussions and delays related to pre-qualification of subcontractors
  • Easier comparison of EPC tenders
  • Less time spent on procurement
  • Reduced EPC delivery time
  • Reduced logistics and inventory cost
  • Improved compatibility of components and materials between projects

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