DNV GL released new Recommended Practice (RP) for steel forgings for subsea applications. The implementation of the RP will enable reduced lead times, enhanced stock keeping, interchangeability of forgings and help to improve and maintain consistent quality.
The standardisation of steel forgings was targeted as a high-priority initiative in a report issued by the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association in 2014 and highlighted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The RP (DNVGL-RP-0034) has been developed through a joint industry project (JIP) involving 21 companies, representing steel manufacturers, subsea contractors and oil & gas companies. It contains requirements for qualification, manufacturing and testing, and complements existing industry codes for subsea equipment.
“We are pleased that this initiative, which has involved all players in the value chain from forgemasters, subsea suppliers to end users, has produced a document that captures best practice and now enables the manufacture of forgings in a predictable and consistent way”, says David Llewelyn, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.
To help support the efficient implementation of DNVGL-RP-0034 and to further strengthen the standardisation work and quality processes established in phase one, a second phase of the JIP is now being planned and is still open for industry participants to join.