TABLE 1 Technology Needs of Offshore Oil and Gas Industries

Technology Area

Short-Term Need* 1995-1999

Long-Term Need* 1999-2010

Hydrate prevention

4.7

3.3

Flow metering

4.3

4.0

Subsea equipment

4.3

3.3

Flow lines

4.2

3.3

Extended-reach drilling/production

4.1

3.3

Risers

4.1

3.0

Drilling

4.1

3.5

Multiphase pumps

4.0

4.6

Workover

3.7

3.5

Produced fluid disposal

3.6

3.3

Structures

3.4

2.7

Extended-reach control systems

3.3

2.5

High-pressure systems

3.0

3.3

ROV systems

3.0

3.2

External corrosion protection

2.6

4.3

Water/gas injection

2.3

4.3

Source: National Petroleum Council (1995).

* NOTE: Average response of 10 major corporations to a 35-page questionnaire. Respondents were asked to rank needs as low (1), medium (3), or high (5).

  • Subsea pumping, compression, and oil/gas separation systems

  • Relocation beacons with remote triggering

  • Acoustic, fiber-optic, and hard-wire data transmission

Subsea pipeline construction and operation requirements include installation methods, leak detection, fluid metering, oil and water cut monitoring, wall thickness monitoring, and methods for maintaining pipeline location.

A recent survey conducted by the National Petroleum Council (NPC), an industry association, outlined the technology needs of the oil and gas industry. The NPC survey indicates an average ranking of specific needs of 10 major companies. The survey contains important information regarding both short-term (the next five years) and long-term (1999-2010) industry needs, which are summarized in Table 1 (National Petroleum Council, 1995).

Overlap exists between the needs of the offshore oil and gas industry and areas of research supported by ONR. NRL 7000 (Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Space Technology) conducts research and development in many areas that have potential application to offshore petroleum activities (see Table D8 in Appendix D), including the following:



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