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​​​Deepwater Technology
Overview & Aspiration
The growth and development of deepwater and ultra-deepwater activities are, and remain, key elements of the continued expansion of the offshore oil and gas industry. Accordingly, Malaysia is strategically positioned to be one of the world's four deepwater oil and gas hubs alongside the US, Brazil and Europe. As such, key capabilities and


  • ​​To establish a pool of deepwater technology expertise and resource personnel.
  • To develop innovative technologies and solutions in response to the rapid expansion of deepwater activities.
  • ​​To identify and formulate breakthrough technologies to support the industry's deepwater Exploration and Production (E&P) requirements and capability building.
Facilities & Lab Equipment
Coastal/Offshore Engineering Laboratory
The laboratory consists of two main facilities
  • Wave Tank and;
  • ​Wave Flume.
In addition, associated instrumentation and sensors includes vectrino velocimeters, wave gauges, pressure tranducers, load cells, accelerometers and dynamic data loggers. The facility is also equipped with the SACS and ORCAFLEX software for computational analysis and simulation.

Flow Assurance Laboratory
The laboratory consists of several equipments and testing facilities including
  • Controlled Stress Rheometer
  • MicroDSC 
  • Densitometer
  • Goniometer/Tensionmeter
  • ​​Single phase flow loop for flow and heat transfer study of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid
Focus Areas
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Subsea Engineering
  • Flow Assurance
  • Knowledge Management
Centers of Excellence
The DWT-MOR is and has pursued the development of COEs and facilities to spearhead the nation's deepwater technology current needs and future advancement. These include:
  • Offshore Engineering Center (OEC)
  • Gas Separation Research Center (GSRC)
  • Flow Assurance Lab
  • ​High Performance Computing for Knowledge Management and Subsea Engineering Simulation

Professor Dr. Kurian V. John
Director, Deepwater Technology (DWT MOR)

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP)
32610 Seri Iskandar,
Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
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