The award-winning Subsea Equipment Australia Reliability (SEAR) Joint Industry Project (JIP); is a partnership led by Wood with participation from a group of operators namely Chevron Australia, ConocoPhillips, Inpex, Santos, Shell Australia and Woodside. Now delivering Phase 6, the JIP is focused on collaboration and knowledge sharing in order to improve the competitiveness of Australia's oil & gas industry by addressing critical challenges associated with subsea equipment failing prematurely.
This paper will provide an overview of the SEAR JIP and outline lessons learned, and value created. Results from the reliability database will be presented as well as findings from ongoing field trials on the four living laboratories deployed in different geographic locations and water depths in Northern Australia. This paper will also discuss challenges associated with subsea controls umbilicals that are prone to emit hydrogen gas and fluids at the surface facility through the electrical junction boxes.
The end goal of SEAR JIP is to develop an industry wide recommended practice, with regional guidance notes for equipment and field design. The recommended practice is intended to reduce operating cost for existing and future projects, while identifying technologies that are specific to Australian waters.