IN A DRIVE to reduce complexities and cost in the North American oil and gas industry, DNV GL is leading seven joint industry projects (JIP) from the region in 2016.

DNV GL said the initiatives will support efficiency efforts in the pipelines, wells and subsea, umbilicals, risers, and flowlines sectors.

DNV GL is inviting industry players to take part in the following JIPs: Extended application of corrosion resistant alloys; Guidance for qualifying materials; Increased consistency for sour service testing; and Assessment and sour high pressure high temperature fatigue testing for clad subsea components.

Other JIPs include: prediction of internal flow induced vibration of complex subsea pipework; jumper vortex induced vibration instrumentation and field measurements; and safe assessment of embedded flaws in sour pipelines.

DNV GL found during a recent study that one third of North American respondents were concerned they did not have a strategy to maintain innovation in a declining market.

However, 31 per cent see greater involvement in JIPs as a priority over the next 12 months, while four in ten want to increase collaboration with other industry players (40%).

The report also found that six out of ten (60%) respondents agreed that operators will increasingly push to standardise their approach globally, up from 42% in 2015.

In addition, only 9% expect an increase in spending in research and development, and innovation, a figure that has been cut by more than half in two years, from 20% in 2014, the company said.

DNV GL Americas oil and gas executive vice president, Peter Bjerager stressed the importance of taking a collaborative approach.

“As an independent third party we are uniquely positioned to provide a neutral ground for collaboration,” he said.

“Like the global oil and gas industry, companies in North America are braced for an extended period of lower oil prices, which is leading to continued pressure on cost management.”

“However, it is encouraging that there is still enthusiasm to work together and drive greater standardisation and reduce inefficiencies,” Mr Bjerager said.

In total, 43 DNV GL-led JIPs have been initiated globally this year, in addition to the launch of the step change innovation program to help customers leverage opportunities from digitalisation.