DNV GL is leading seven new joint industry projects (JIP) to identify smart solutions for reducing complexities and costs in the North American oil and gas industry.

The initiatives will support overall efficiency efforts in the pipelines, wells and subsea, umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) sectors.

DNV GL will focus on addressing challenges on standardization, operations (OPEX services), safety, environment, regulations, and performance.

DNV GL is inviting industry players to participate in extended application of corrosion resistant alloys, guidance for qualifying materials in compliance with API 17TR8 HPHT design guidelines for subsea equipment.

Industry players are also being urged to take part in increased consistency for sour service testing and assessment, sour HPHT fatigue testing for clad subsea components, prediction of internal flow induced vibration of complex subsea pipework.

The projects also include jumper VIV instrumentation and field measurements as well as safe assessment of embedded flaws in sour pipelines.

DNV GL Region Americas executive vice president of oil & gas Peter Bjerager said: "Our collaborative projects are pivotal in strengthening the industry throughout the Americas and helping it move forward and out of the difficulties we are currently facing.

"As an independent third party we are uniquely positioned to provide a neutral ground for collaboration."

A recent research report published by DNV GL revealed that there is a concern among one-third of North American respondents of not having a strategy in place for maintaining innovation in a declined market.

However, 31% said greater involvement in JIPs will play a key role in the next 12 months, while 40% plan to increase collaboration with other industry players.

Bjerager noted that like the global oil and gas industry, companies in North America are braced for an extended period of lower oil prices, resulting in continued pressure on cost management.

"However, it is encouraging that there is still enthusiasm to work together and drive greater standardization and reduce inefficiencies," Bjerager said.