Challenges in Subsea Production and Processing
The thematic scope of this village encompasses a wide range of topics related to the development and implementation of subsea production and processing installations for petroleum. Naturally, petroleum is an essential commodity supplying the energy to drive the global economy. To utilize new and current resources with a smaller environmental footprint, subsea technologies are considered as a potential solution. Beyond the obvious engineering challenges involved in subsea technology, there are also numerous issues involving safety, management, legal, political, logistical and even historical considerations. Consequently, this topic must be addressed by a cooperative interdisciplinary team.
Subsea process technology is naturally well suited for almost all types of science and engineering students ranging from petroleum and chemical engineering to structural, marine, electrical, and power engineering among others. Additionally, many issues related to RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Management, and Safety), the environment, quality control, process station architecture and marine biology occur in subsea processing which requires experts from these disciplines. Finally, petroleum exploration and field development involves many legal, political, cultural and historical considerations that require experts in these disciplines. In effect, the development of subsea processing technology requires experts from almost any field of study imaginable! More than anything, assessing challenges in subsea processing technologies requires teamwork.
About the village
External partners (SUBPRO SFI)
The development of subsea processing technologies is a major priority for the international petroleum industry as well as governments in petroleum producing nations. As such, this village is coordinated with the SUBPRO centre for research based information.
The SUBPRO centre is sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council along with an international industry consortium. At NTNU, the SUBPRO centre involves specialized research groups from the departments of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics, and Applied Production and Quality Engineering. Academic researchers and possibly industry participants in the SUBPRO centre will be invited to give lectures in the course and students could potentially present their projects to the technical working group of the SUBPRO centre.
Research questions and expectations
The research questions involved in this process will encompass both the technical and social aspects of subsea production and processing. Potential topics for the student groups could range from nontechnical topics such as “Why subsea? The history of petroleum exploration and development” to highly technical topics such as “Existing subsea technology and future challenges”.
Important information about EiT:
- The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
- EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
- In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
- For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.