31 May 2019

Current offshore technology relies on learnings from operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico where marine conditions are very different to those in Australia, consequently many of these overseas technologies do not provide the reliability seen elsewhere. Much of the equipment installed in Australian waters is suffering premature failures and breakdowns, costing the industry hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars per failure to rectify and leading to lost production while equipment is out of service.

To find Australian solutions to Australian challenges, the Transforming Australia Subsea Equipment Reliability (TASER) project will create and install a unique subsea test structure in the warm waters off north west Australia.

The structure will act as a "living laboratory" and will be equipped with various pieces of equipment and coating materials to assess the effectiveness of innovative coatings, materials and technologies against calcareous deposition and marine organism growth on subsea equipment.