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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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Abbreviations

CAPEX:

Capital Expenditure

ConOps:

Concept of Operations

CR:

Client Requirement

EFAT:

Extended Factory Acceptance Test

FE:

Finite Element

FAT:

Factory Acceptance Test

FFP:

Fit-For-Purpose

FFS:

Fit-For-Service

FMECA:

Failure Mode Effect Critically Analysis

HAZID:

Hazard Identification

HAZOP:

Hazard of Operation

MTTF:

Mean Time to Failure

MTTR:

Mean Time to Repair

MTBF:

Mean Time Between Failures

OPEX:

Operation expenditure

RAM:

Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability

SAT:

Site Acceptance Test

ROV:

Remotely Operated Vehicle

SPS:

Subsea Production System

TRL:

Technology Readiness Level

V&V:

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-40635-5_2

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