New centre in WA drives research into subsea engineering technologies

A new Centre launched at the University of Western Australia will drive research into new subsea engineering technologies for offshore oil and gas production.

In partnership with Chevron and Woodside Energy, the Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks will enhance the state’s global reputation in deep water energy production.

Through its collaborative research, the centre will improve the oil and gas industry’s understanding of hostile deep sea conditions and create innovative solutions to enhance the economic feasibility of remote offshore gas production.

The expertise generated through the dentre will be directly integrated into the development of offshore assets which will support Western Australia’s market competitiveness in oil and gas production over the coming decades.

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Western Australia has the potential to unlock future assets in the Carnarvon Basin that would create thousands of jobs and long subsea tieback technology will be a key component to economic viability.

The centre was founded following successful collaborations with flow assurance and subsea processing technological integration on Woodside’s Greater Enfield Development and Chevron’s Gorgon project.

University of Western Australia vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater said the centre would further establish the university as a world-leading hub for subsea engineering and inspire the next generation of leaders through real-world research and teaching excellence.

“The Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks will be an important hub for connecting research and industry, offering a unique collaborative environment that will equip our researchers with the expertise to address the pressing challenges of Australia’s energy security,” said Freshwater.

Woodside executive vice president for exploration and chief technology officer, Shaun Gregory, said the work of the university centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks would help deliver significant benefits to Western Australia.

“Collaboration is central to Woodside’s approach to innovation. We expect this partnership will play a crucial role in unlocking substantial new gas resources off Western Australia’s north coast and in reinforcing Perth’s global reputation as a centre for excellence in LNG technology and skills,” said Gregory.