The project management of a subsea field development mainly includes planning, execution, processes monitoring and controlling, resources managing, and etc. The cost should be estimated for each stage of the project. The costs for each stage mainly depend on the personnel, e.g. the senior consultant fee, the engineers fee, etc. On average, the costs of different engineers are shown below:

  • Project Engineer: USD 24 K/month;
  • Tree Engineer: USD 20 K/month;
  • Controls Engineer: USD 20 K/month;
  • Flowline Engineer: USD 20 K/month;
  • Riser Engineer: USD 20 K/month;
  • Flow Assurance Engineer: USD 25 K/month.


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