Topsides 2016 Conference: Where it all comes together

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – The offshore oil and gas industry has been primarily concerned with the falling price of oil in 2015, which is affecting capex spending and putting a hold on a flurry of new and upcoming projects in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.

As the industry grapples with cash flow and preventing further layoffs, prominent members of the industry will gather to discuss this and more at this year’s Topsides, Platforms and Hulls Conference & Exhibition, to be held February 9-11, 2016, at Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. The event, now in its fifth year, continues to draw interest from a broad cross-section of the upstream industry. Last year’s conference drew 2,227 attendees and a sold-out exhibit hall floor, reflecting a keen desire among engineers and project managers to share knowledge gained from recent installations and best practices employed in operations.

The upcoming conference agenda includes presentations by high-level industry officials covering those topics and more. Following the annual golf tournament and an evening networking reception on Tuesday, February 9, a keynote presentation will kick-off the conference Wednesday morning. The program will get under way with a session on new projects featuring discussions of Petrobras’ plug remediation on an offshore facility; and Versabar’s rise of an offshore platform.

The afternoon will continue with a lessons learned conversation. Stress Engineering will discuss flare gas piping vibration, while Oil Field Development Engineering will provide a presentation on the challenges of designing, fabricating, and installing deepwater fixed jackets. A concluded discussion will focus on major maintenance from flotels in the second session of the afternoon.

From 3-4:30 pm, the conference will focus on topsides design and risers. Stress Engineering will provide an overview on impact load estimation at drilling rig tie-down clamps; Maxoil Solutions will discuss crude oil separators and late-life debottlenecking; and Cameron will present on gas separation technology to increase loads in existing facilities. The concurrent riser session will focus on risers for FPSOs in harsh environments; and Deepstar Qualifications program of SLWR technology, both presented by SBM Offshore; and the philosophy of riser concept selection for an FPSO application: an operator’s perspective, given by ConocoPhillips. 

Thursday morning’s agenda begins with a session on offshore construction. Three back-to-back presentations will be presented on current changes in rig tie-down requirements; New TLP intermediate connectors; and platform life extension. The morning presentations will continue with cost reduction and value creation opportunities that will focus on using international codes and standards; Exmar Offshore’s experience with optimized FPS development projects; and an overview of the current economy.

The 2016 conference will close with a panel discussion on cost reduction and value creation opportunities featuring several key leaders of the offshore sector of the industry providing an overview on steps taken to reduce capex spending.

Topsides, Platforms and Hulls advisory board chairman Alec Johnson, of Petrobras, will present awards to speakers and deliver a closing address.

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