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A Systems Engineering Framework for Reliability Assurance of Subsea Oil and Gas Production Systems

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Capital projects, such as deepwater offshore oil and gas production systems (SPS), require a large investment, thus high availability to recover the investment is vital. The costs of intervention (recovery of failed equipment, repair, and replacement) and the loss of revenue will add to the problem. Thus, the reliability of the production system must be assured by reliability analyses and testing. A Systems Engineering (SE) approach is described in this chapter that links the client’s reliability needs to the system’s performance, hence permitting the specification of appropriate strategies and procedures for verification and validation while accounting for all constraints, including the costs of maintenance, possible intervention requirements, and downtime, and relates these to the equipment performance that is needed to achieve the desired availability of the SPS. In addition, the possibility of constructing the field in stages and expanding it as needs arise must also be considered. It is shown how to relate the equipment performance to the Client's requirements. The procedure described in this chapter can also assist with project risk management by blending the reliability analyses, testing, and various risk analysis methods for the system verification and validation procedures. The system engineering V-model is augmented by reliability assurance requirements to assure sustained operation by ensuring the robustness and resilience of the production system.

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Capital Expenditure


Concept of Operations


Client Requirement


Extended Factory Acceptance Test


Finite Element


Factory Acceptance Test






Failure Mode Effect Critically Analysis


Hazard Identification


Hazard of Operation


Mean Time to Failure


Mean Time to Repair


Mean Time Between Failures


Operation expenditure


Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability


Site Acceptance Test


Remotely Operated Vehicle


Subsea Production System


Technology Readiness Level


Verification & validation


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Yasseri, S.F. (2023). A Systems Engineering Framework for Reliability Assurance of Subsea Oil and Gas Production Systems. In: Qudrat-Ullah, H. (eds) Managing Complex Tasks with Systems Thinking. Understanding Complex Systems. Springer, Cham.

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