Deepwater Operations in Galveston to focus on oil prices and cost solutions

Offshore staff

GALVESTON, Texas – As exploration and production activities move into deeper water and more challenging environments, the oil and gas industry is tasked with creating new equipment and technology to unlock this play, while generating cost solutions to curb the rising costs of E&P activity. These challenges will provide ample fodder for discussion at this year’s Deepwater Operations Conference & Exhibition in Galveston, Texas.

The 2015 event, presented by Offshore, now in its 13th year, takes place Nov. 3-5, at the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center. More than 75 exhibiting companies are expected to showcase the latest cost-effective solutions while answering questions about the industry’s latest trends. 

This year, the conference will open with the plenary session on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 3:30-5:00 pm. This day also marks the annual golf tournament at the Moody Gardens Golf Course benefitting the Gulf of Mexico Foundation.

The conference gets under way Wednesday with opening remarks by the 2015 conference chairman Dave Blackburn, Director – Equitorial Guinea Asset, HESS Corp. The keynote address will be by Rob Fast, Vice President Offshore (GoM, West Africa), HESS Corp.

Following the keynote address, the session begins with an overview of the regulatory and organizational changes made by the United States Coast Guard. Charlie Williams, Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety, will then present a discussion on COS’ findings and regulatory requirements relative to SEMS today in the deepwater.  

The afternoon session will then kick-off with talks about API’s high-pressure/high-temperature equipment; offshore equipment integrity management; and utilization of non-traditional isolation technology in deepwater. Then, Offshore Operators Committee will discuss operational focused regulatory advocacy that has become increasingly critical in a challenging economic environment.

Wednesday’s program closes with a session on start-ups/first-year operations discussing the Asgard subsea compression start-up; the Jack & St. Malo project; and resource management, which is key to the timely completion on any offshore project.

Operational Solutions tops the agenda Thursday. Eddie Karlsen, Sr. Well Intervention Advisor, FTO Services, will provide an overview on modern subsea field support vessels and advance rigless intervention capabilities. Elizabeth Mann, with Shell, will then lead the discussion on Perdido’s record-breaking depths requiring 1,600-hp electrical submersible pumps to produce its reservoirs. The session will conclude with Jay Odom discussing the first 15ksi riserless acid stimulation in the Gulf of Mexico.

The morning continues with presentations concerning flow assurance – riser gas lift on the Atlantis and Nakika field. BP will provide an overview of using gas lift in these fields to meet flow assurance challenges. Also, Murphy Oil will deliver a presentation on paraffin blockage remediation in flexible flowline; and Petrobras will offer details on remediation of a pig/paraffin obstruction in a deepwater GoM flowline.

The conference agenda wraps up with a guest  speaker at the Thursday lunch, Arthur “Art” Smith, who founded Triple Double in August 2007 after he completed the sale of John S. Herold, Inc to IHS.

Throughout the event, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet colleagues on the exhibition floor, learn about new products and services, and to register for the Hog Heaven prize, a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle. A drawing will be held on the exhibit floor the last day of the event where the winner will be announced. One must be present to win.  

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