Subsea Technologies for Oil and Gas Offshore Exploration and Production (E&P) - Thematic Research

Subsea Technologies for Oil and Gas Offshore Exploration and Production (E&P) - Thematic Research


Subsea technology has drastically improved in the last two decades in terms of functionality and reliability. This has enabled upstream companies to expand the scale of their deepwater projects. This report highlights the transforming subsea technologies that could potentially create new opportunities in offshore exploration and production. The report identifies crucial trends in the subsea market, evaluates the industry dynamics and dissects the operational value chain, in order to provide key insights to the readers. Subsea technology has proved useful in extending the life span of maturing fields by subsea tie-backs and other innovative solutions. Subsea systems are primarily designed for the upstream segment of the oil and gas value chain.


  • An overview of subsea as a theme within the offshore oil and gas industry, encompassing the shallow water, deepwater, and ultra-deepwater terrains.
  • Highlights the prevalent sectoral, technology, and macroeconomic trends impacting the subsea theme.
  • Evalutes the offshore industry and tracks the key subsea developments and contracts across different regions.
  • A brief overview of the subsea value chain in the context of the oil and gas industry.
  • Assessment of competitive positions of the major equipment and services providers in the subsea theme.
Reasons to Buy
  • Understand the importance of subsea in exploration and production of hydrocarbons.
  • Identify the regional hotspots for the subsea theme
  • Review of some of the case studies highlighting the subsea development
  • Analysis of the recent subsea contracts awarded across different regions.
  • Identify and benchmark key subsea service providers in the subsea theme

  • Introduction
    • Challenging outlook for subsea industry post COVID-19
    • Advancing towards more comprehensive subsea infrastructure
    • Collaborative operations could help reduce expenditure
    • Leaders in subsea theme
  • Players
    • Table Figure 1: Who are the prominent players in the subsea theme?
  • Technology briefing
    • Production platforms are critical for offshore operations
    • Advent of subsea technology has extended the capabilities of offshore platforms
    • Dependence of subsea infrastructure on offshore platforms for sustainability
    • Recent subsea technological transformations
      • Subsea injection
      • Subsea compression
      • Subsea processing
      • Subsea-to-shore
      • Subsea power distribution
      • ROVs and Autonomous Vehicles
        • Table Figure 2: ROVs have greatly accelerated subsea activity with hands-on assistance during installations and interventions procedures
    • Timeline
      • Table Figure 3: The story of subsea
  • Trends
    • Oil and gas sector trends
      • Table Oil and gas sector trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
  • Industry analysis
    • Overview of offshore E&P activity
      • Table Figure 4: Shallow water terrain will continue to dominate the offshore landscape
      • Table Figure 5: Capital expenditure for planned and announced offshore fields by terrain
    • The rise of the subsea industry
      • The North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico are prominent regions for subsea development
        • Table prominent subsea deployments in North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico
    • Review of Recent Subsea Developments/Contracts across Different Regions
      • Table Subsea contracts awarded from January 2018 to June 2020
    • Role of digital technologies
      • Technological advancements would give a new direction to subsea engineering
    • Case studies
      • Snøhvit: Barents Sea
      • Gjøa: North Sea
      • Petronius: Gulf of Mexico
      • Kaombo complex: South Atlantic Ocean
  • Value chain
    • Table Figure 7: The subsea technology impacts the upstream sector of the oil and gas value chain
    • Upstream
      • Table Figure 8: Subsea value chain: Upstream
      • Drilling
      • Installation
      • Tiebacks
      • Inspection
      • Intervention
      • Decommissioning
    • Midstream
    • Downstream
  • Companies section
    • Subsea service providers
      • Table Subsea service providers
  • Appendix: Our thematic research methodology
    • Viewing the world's data by themes makes it easier to make important decisions
    • Traditional research does a poor job of picking winners and losers
    • That is why we developed our "thematic engine"
    • How do we create our sector scorecards?
      • Table Figure 9: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
    • What is in our sector scorecards?
    • How do we score companies in our thematic screen?
    • How our research reports fit into our overall thematic research ecosystem
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