At Hazardex Live 2024, DNV Energy System's Region UK Market Area Manager for Onshore Oil and Gas James Jenkins will discuss the introduction of unproven technology and how technology qualification can enable implementation of innovative or unproven technologies.

There are challenges to the introduction of unproven technology and even in sectors that are wanting innovation, technology development can be difficult. Concepts with well-known and proven technology are often preferred to solutions with elements of unproven technology, even if the latter provides significant operational improvement or cost-efficiency.

The journey to commercially implement unproven technology is difficult, but there are ways and means to de-risk the process and be transparent with those risks that cannot be controlled further. Technology qualification can enable implementation of innovative or unproven technologies. The Technology Qualification approach is a process driven tool to demonstrate to the stakeholders that risks / failure modes around the technology are understood and have been robustly managed.

The approach has been adopted as the internal qualification process by oil majors and contractors and has certified over 150 new technologies.

About the author:

James Jenkins is DNV Energy System's Region UK Market Area Manager for Onshore Oil and Gas. He oversees the business development and forward strategy for DNV's engagement in onshore oil & gas production, the gas networks and the industrial clusters. James has over 18 years’ experience in a wide range of process industries, having previously been a Process Safety consultant establishing risk management frameworks, assessing risks in operation, supporting regulatory compliance activities and assessments of major accident management activities for a wide range of industries.