Subsea Tieback Forum to discuss market changes, state of the subsea industry

Offshore staff

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The uncertainty over the price of oil and gas continues to delay and push out development times for new deepwater discoveries while the industry is experiencing one of the worst downturns in recent years. However, subsea tieback developments will continue to provide one of the most economical means of developing deepwater fields, allowing spirited discussions at this year’s Subsea Tieback Forum and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

The 2016 PennWell Corp. event, now in its 16th year, takes place March 22-24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. More than 200 exhibiting companies and as many as 2,600 registrants are expected to attend.

Following the opening night exhibit hall reception on the evening of the 22nd, the conference gets under way Wednesday with opening remarks by the 2016 conference chairman Eric Hevle with Ecopetrol. Two speakers will pick up the theme of this year’s conference, “Delivering Value through Technology,” for the keynote address and scene-setting presentation. The first will be delivered by Anadarko Petroleum’s vice president, Deepwater Americas Operations Robert Abendschein, followed by Roger Neal, managing director and owner of MCDRS.

The first conference session, Project Applied Technology, begins with a detailed walk through of the concept selection process and development of Chevron’s Jack/St. Malo’s project in the Gulf of Mexico. Petrobras will discuss the troubleshooting of Cascade & Chinook’s pump power distribution system which will be followed by Statoil on the challenges and lessons learned in Tyrihans subsea raw seawater injection.

The afternoon sessions kick off with talks about project learnings and optimization, including challenges associated with a raised tubing hanger in the BC-10 project. Murphy Oil will discuss the challenges and benefits of the brownfield evaluation and implementation of IOR initiatives; while Stone Energy will lead with an independent’s approach for value optimization of the Pompano Corridor.

Wednesday’s program closes with a session on program approach to development solutions.  Topics being discussed are Big Bend, Dantzler and Gunflint (Noble Energy); Lucius project execution (Anadarko); and Dalmatian area development (Murphy Oil).

Environmental measurement and integrity management tops the agenda Thursday. Anadarko will offer details of how proper site characterization identifies engineering development; followed by Horizon discussing currents in the Gulf of Mexico. And Chevron will present material on autonomous underwater vehicle pipeline inspection development projects.

The conference agenda wraps up with presentations concerning development and operational applications. Chevron will discuss Tahiti’s hydraulic well intervention, and how it was remediated. ExxonMobil will deliver a presentation on the dynamic umbilical full scale fatigue testing. And Deep Gulf Energy closes the program with details on Kodiak’s subsea tieback.

Throughout the event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet colleagues on the exhibition floor, learn about new products and services, and to register for the annual Hog Heaven prize, a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Other associated events are the Sporting Clay Shoot tournament on Saturday, March 19; the Three Gun Shoot on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Navasota; and the Subsea Tieback Foundation golf tournament in Cypress, on Monday, March 21.

As it has in recent years, the Subsea Tieback Forum and Exhibition will be preceded by a one-day seminar on the key elements of subsea tiebacks conducted by the Society for Underwater Technology. This year’s workshop, which grants professional development credits to engineers, will be held Tuesday, March 22 from 9 am to 5 pm.

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