Specifying non-standard technical requirements or non-commercially available materials can impact the economics and timeframe of any project.
When specifying a material for a specific oil and gas application, there are many different factors to consider. Here some practical examples illustrating how simple material parameters can add or reduce value and complexity are explored.
Simplifying and designing for cost-effectiveness
Standardised procurement specifications make a step-change improvement in the specification, procurement and delivery of equipment for the global oil and gas industry.
In the past, oil and gas operators would ask their suppliers to deliver against a different set of specifications for each order, and, in some cases, these requirements were different even for projects by the same operator.
Recognising this incredibly inefficient process, which often resulted in industry-wide overruns on cost and schedule, prompted the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) to introduce the Joint Industry Programme 33 (JIP33).
Initiatives such as this have already made a positive...
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