In the current offshore industry context, ways for significant cost optimizations must be explored and developed to make offshore projects viable. The cost share of the SURF (Subsea Umbilicals Risers and Flowlines) system is increasing, with developments in deeper waters and with more spread reservoirs. The SURF system also presents a wide range of possible options to be considered, thus with many opportunities for overall cost reductions.
This paper presents examples of solutions to reduce costs: early engagement of SURF contractor for the field concept selection, global understanding and optimization of the field architecture, closely linked to installation vessels and methods selection, introduction of new technology, and consideration of interfaces between SURF, SPS (Subsea Production System) and Floater packages to reach a global optimum. The efficient development of these emerging solutions is supported by strong experience in full Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) execution of SURF contracts.