Operators back next phase of Industry Forum on subsea integrity

posted 1 Jul 2015

An industry forum that addresses challenges in subsea integrity management is being extended for a further three years with backing from global oil and gas operators.

Phase II of The SURF IM Network is led by Wood Group Kenny with support from the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF). Phase 1 was launched last year, supported by an industry wide group of 14 operators and has been extended to run on an annual subscription basis through to 2018 with an expected project value of around £300,000.

The SURF IM Network facilitates face-to-face and virtual forums for knowledge sharing and delivering solutions to subsea integrity and reliability challenges, focusing particularly on subsea hardware.

Kieran Kavanagh, Technology Development Director at Wood Group Kenny said: 

“This successful joint industry project focuses on knowledge sharing and finding solutions to shared challenges in subsea integrity. The Network represents a significant collaboration among its participants to provide solutions that will help to reduce risk, improve reliability and minimize life-of-field costs in the subsea industry and we’re very happy to be working with participant operators to enable this.”

Dr Patrick O’Brien, CEO of ITF added: “Taking a standardised approach to complex subsea integrity issues that are common across the industry can help to drive efficiencies whilst creating a safer operating environment, so the Network is a win-win for all involved. It is a great example in the current climate of operators collaborating to support the development of effective and cost efficient means to inspect subsea facilities that are being installed in continually increasing water depths and longer step-out distances.”

In Phase I, progress was made in understanding the issue of control system module reliability and the outcomes of a comprehensive participant survey was presented to subsea suppliers to highlight integrity challenges and find ways to enhance reliability for the future. 

The SURF IM Network follows on from a Wood Group Kenny Joint Industry Project (JIP) facilitated by ITF, on integrity management of subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline systems that identified key failure mechanisms, investigated inspection and monitoring technologies and gaps, and developed best practice guidelines for the integrity management of subsea facilities.  


Wood Group 

Wood Group is an international energy services company with over $7bn sales and operating in more than 50 countries. The Group is built on Core Values and has three businesses – Wood Group PSN, Wood Group Kenny and Wood Group Mustang – providing a range of engineering, production support and maintenance management services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.


Wood Group Kenny is the world's largest independent specialist subsea, pipeline and riser engineering and management contractor, part of international energy services company, Wood Group.


The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) represents its membership of international oil and gas operating and service companies to bring forward collaborative funding for research and development projects that address shared technology challenges.

A not-for-profit organisation, focused on the commercial needs of its members, ITF has facilitated the launch of more than 200 projects from early stage concepts through to field trials and commercialisation. Operating across continents, ITF works with its members, the technology development community and government bodies to tackle specific regional issues as well as defining areas of technology need from a global perspective and identifying opportunities for the transfer of knowledge.