Wednesday Conference Program Detail

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Opening Night Exhibit Hall Networking Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction
Russell McCulley
Conference Director, Offshore

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
David Brubaker
Manager, Facilities Surveillance
Shell Upstream Americas – Deepwater

Keynote Presentation - Going Deeper
Robert Patterson
Shell, VP Projects – Deepwater

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
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10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Session 1 - New Projects
Track 1: New Projects I

Chair: Murray Burns, Consultant
Co-Chair: Alec Johnson, Petrobras

Noble Energy’s Tamar Platform
Jeff Rushing, Noble Energy Inc.

The general purpose of this presentation is to provide a project overview of the Tamar Development, with a specific focus on the 1.6 bcfd Tamar Platform. It touches on key stats and project challenges, as well as cost, schedule and operational expectations and performance.

Jeff Rushing is a Construction Engineer Advisor who has been with Noble Energy for close to 4 years. During the Tamar Phase 1 Development, he served in the role of EPCI Lead for the Tamar Platform, which is the host facility for processing the gas from the Tamar field off the coast of Israel. He has 13 years of experience in the oil & gas industry and is a graduate of Louisiana State Unversity with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

The OPTI-EX® - a Flexible Floating Production Semisubmersible
Otto DaSilva, EXMAR Offshore Company

The OPTI-EX™ production semisubmersible is the first FPS conceived, designed, and built as a flexible and generic deep water production facility. The unit started operations in June 2011 in the Who-Dat field, Mississippi canyon, central Gulf of Mexico. The innovative hull design is based on a proprietary ringpontoon developed by EXMAR OFFSHORE COMPANY to improve its global performance. This presentation will highlight the concepts and benefits of the design philosophy as well as the construction challenges and strategies that lead to the successful conclusion of this project.

Otto DaSilva joined EXMAR Offshore in 1997 as a Sr. Naval Architect / Structural Engineer. Now, as Vice President of Engineering he oversees a team of thirty Engineers coordinating all engineering activities and ensuring the implementation of quality procedures and controls. Mr. DaSilva was heavily involved in the original development of the OPTI series FPS and continues to create innovative designs and solutions for a wide range of applications.

Tubular Bells Deepwater Development Project
Mike McEvilly, Hess Corporation

Mike will provide an update on the status of the Tubular Bells Deepwater Development Project in 4,300 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is a Classic SPAR , provided by Williams Field Services, a 60k BOPD Topsides and a wet-tree subsea architecture.

Michael J. McEvilly is the Project Director - Tubular Bells at Hess Corporation. This is the fourth Deepwater Project that he has been responsible . It is unique in that a third party is providing the facilities and the export pipelines.

Track 2: Design Concepts – Platforms & Hulls
Chair: George Gu, ConocoPhillips
Co-Chair: Ken Caldwell, Foster Wheeler Upstream

CX-15 Buoyant Tower
Clyde Crochet, GMC Inc.

The world’s first buoyant tower, CX-15, is drilling offshore northwest Peru and represents an innovative solution for shallow-water, remote fields. This presentation is a discussion of the variety of technology used in the design of the platform which has existed in the oil and gas industry but has been modified into a new offshore production and drilling package, the challenges of installing offshore structures in remote regions of the world, and the technical hurdles of introducing new technology to the offshore industry.

Clyde Crochet is a project manager for Houston-based GMC Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based GMC Ltd.  His most recent project was BPZ Energy’s CX-15 self-installing tower for the Corvina Field, offshore Peru.  His career spans 40 years in global design, fabrication, and installation scopes.

Gulfstar Spar VIM Responses in Sheared Current
Y.C. Park, Williams

Vortex Induced Motion is a well-known but complicated phenomenon for Spar hulls and model testing is still the norm to determine the platform’s VIM response. Towing tests are widely accepted for VIM model tests; however this test method only simulates a uniform current profile with depth. In the actual ocean environment, only sheared currents are present so the tow test method over-predicts the loading on the cylinder from current, particularly in the deeper portions of the hull. To achieve more realistic test results for VIM testing, it is desirable to use sheared currents for Classic Spar.

Y.C. (Young-Chan) Park is a Principal Naval Architect E&C – offshore engineering at Williams. Y.C. has more than 20 years of floating production system detail engineering experience in the offshore industry. He provides technical support for hull and mooring of deepwater floating production systems.

Dry-Tree Semi-Submersible Platforms for the Ultra-Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Ming-Yao Lee, Chevron

With increasing exploration success of ultra-deepwater fields in the Gulf of Mexico, there is a considerable interest and need to look for a safe, reliable and cost-effective dry-tree option to maximize the value of deepwater field developments. Dry-tree semi-submersible emerges as such an option to overcome the water depth and size limits imposed by TLP and Spar, and enables the platform to carry a large well array and payloads in ultra-deep water. Moreover, it has the capability for quayside topsides installation and integration. This presentation will highlight Chevron’s multi-year efforts in leading the industry to mature two promising semi-submersible platform concepts that can accommodate long-stroke dry-tree risers and have large drilling and production capabilities. Results of technology development and qualification will be presented with emphasis on hull performance and hull/riser interfaces.

Dr. Ming-Yao Lee is an Offshore & Marine Engineering Team Manager at Chevron. Dr. Lee is currently heading a multidisciplinary team providing technical service and research development to support Chevron’s major capital projects and operations for floating offshore facilities and marine terminals. Prior to joining Chevron in 2000, he worked for Earl & Wright Consulting Engineers and American Bureau of Shipping. He has 30 years of practical design and research experiences in the offshore industry.

Alternate Comparison of Semi-Submersible Deck Alternatives, Integrated Deck Box and Truss Deck
Tobias Kärrsten, GVA

Both stiffened plate (deck box) and tubular/beam (truss deck) construction of topside decks is used for semi-submersible production platforms. Each design has its technical, operation, safety and fabrication benefits and issues. These benefits and issues for each design have been compared and evaluated in this presentation. In addition today’s fabrication and dry-transport capability to build the topside integrated with the hull in a far-east fabrication yard.

Tobias holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Chalmers, Gothenburg Sweden. Tobias has more than 15 year experience from analysis and design in concept, pre-feed and feed phases of floating production, drilling and accommodation units. In addition Tobias has experience with ship yard supervision, marine operations, mooring system installation and commissioning of offshore platforms.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
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1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Session 2
Track 1: New Projects II

Chair: James Deaver, Black Elk Energy
Co-Chair: Kevin Raatz, Technip

Developing Offshore Projects; the Challenge of Being the First of your Kind in an Oil Exporting Country
Antonio Villaluenga, Foster Wheeler Upstream

The Perla field is located offshore west Venezuela, in the Gulf of Venezuela. The field is part of the Rafael Urdaneta project. Even if Venezuela is one of the main oil and gas producers in the world, the expertise related to develop offshore project is limited to either fresh water or very shallow waters. Cardon IV in conjuction with Foster Wheeler Upstream worked in the development of the best concept to develop the field considering the limitations in infrastructure, local experience, and national capabilities.

Antonio Villaluenga is a Project Manager working with Foster Wheeler Upstream with more than 20 years of experience in the consulting area. He has been involved in projects related to the mining and metals, environmental and oil and gas sectors, either through as Business Development Manager, Project Manager or General Manager in several countries in the Americas. Since 2010 he has worked as Project Manager for the Perla Field Early Production Development in Venezuela, during the FEED and Project Management phases.

Perdido Early Days - Production System Optimization
Susan Lajeunesse, Shell

Since startup in 2010, Perdido has faced significant hurdles on its way to reaching nameplate capacity. Overcoming unique design challenges has brought the platform to its place today, as one of the leaders in innovation and production in the Gulf of Mexico.

Susan Lajeunesse is a Facility Surveillance Engineer at shell and supported the Perdido production platform through the start-up and first three years of production.

The Delta House Project; LLO G’s FPS Standardization Strategy
Rick Fowler, LLOG Exploration Company

The talk will present LLOG’s Floating Production System (FPS) strategy in the GOM. In 2011, with fifteen deepwater hub class prospects in inventory and the need for several FPS’s likely, LLOG created a standard design basis, selected the FPS type, began detailed engineering, and bid the construction yards, all prior to any discoveries being made. Since that time, discoveries have been made and the first FPS of that design, called Delta House, is now under construction. The talk will include an overview of the Delta House Project which involves developing multiple fields using a new build, single deck, four column semisubmersible FPS capable of processing 80 MBOPD and 200 MMCFD with peaking capacity of 100 MBOPD and 200 MMCFD.

Rick Fowler has been the Vice President of Deepwater Projects for LLOG Exploration since 2007. In his career, Rick has been involved in six GOM projects using new floating production systems (FPS) and numerous subsea tieback projects. Rick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University. Rick is currently Chairman for the API Delta Section and serves on the board of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation.

Track 2: Design Concepts – Topsides I
Chair: James Britch, Hess Corporation
Co-Chair: Maarten van Strien, Eni Petroleum

Alarm Management in Topsides Operations
Riley Parker, Shell Exploration & Production

This presentation will cover key aspects and challenges of implementing alarm management on Gulf of Mexico facilities with specific focus on how to perform alarm rationalization, implementation of alarm management, and the role of continuous improvement for alarm management.

Riley Parker is a Staff Control and Automation engineer with over 15 years of control and automation experience working for Shell Exploration and Production. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Louisiana and is a senior member of IEEE and ISA. Recent assignments within Shell have involved various business improvement initiatives focused on adoption of digital oilfield applications in the Gulf of Mexico, specifically real-time remote operations. Currently, he is developing and implementing industry standards and practices for alarm and abnormal situation management for Shell in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Advancements in MEG Regeneration and Reclamation Units for Offshore Service
Simon Crawley-Boevey, Cameron

Monoethylene Glycol (MEG) is the preferred hydrate inhibitor used in deep water gas projects. MEG that is injected at the wellheads is recovered in the MEG Regeneration and Reclamation unit. These units present a particular challenge to the topsides designers because they occupy a significant footprint, require a high utility demand, and must have a high uptime performance. This presentation summarizes an experience of designing MEG Regeneration and Reclamation units for offshore service on both fixed platforms and FPSO’s, and describes the latest technical advancements.

Simon Crawley-Boevey is the R&D Manager for MEG Reclamation at Cameron’s Process Systems. His role includes managing the R&D activities relating to Cameron’s PureMEG technology. Simon graduated from Exeter University in 1990 with a Batchelors Degree with Honours in Chemical Engineering. Simon is on the Steering Committee of the Kjeller MEG Loop Joint Industry Project, and is a member of the Technical Programme Committee for Gas Processors Association Europe.

Discovery ST 283 Junction Platform - Successfully Applying the Latest Offshore Design Regulations
Evan Kirchen, Williams

Discovery’s South Timbalier 283 Junction platform was installed mid-2013 as part of the Keathley Canyon Connector (KCC) pipeline system bringing high pressure gas flow from several Deepwater Oil Producers to the existing Discovery gas gathering and processing system. The project team will share some of the unique design and procurement challenges encountered as a result of new industry regulations and standards. Keys topics to be discussed include impacts of new metocean criteria, piping specification changes without full flow relief, manufacturing for high pressure ratings, and new trends in unmanned facilities.

Mr. Evan Kirchen, a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, graduated from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He has more than 25 years of industry experience in facility design, process safety management, operations management and senior company management. In his current position as Vice President of Engineering & Construction for the Williams Atlantic-Gulf Operating Area, Evan works with his team of project managers, project engineers and project support staff to steward a diverse multi-billion dollar project portfolio including gas gathering/distribution pipelines and deepwater floating production systems.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
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3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Session 3: Design Concepts - Topsides II
Chair: Jonathan Brewer, Stress Engineering Services
Co-Chair: Scott Key, WorleyParsons

Standardization of Offshore Production Systems
Giovani Cavalcanti Nunes, Petrobras

Aimed at reducing cost and schedule of its projects, Petrobras decided to promote the standardization of its offshore production systems. Based on a radical change in design philosophy, standards units have been designed and proved to be applicable to a wide range of crudes. This strategy has been successful. Projects are reaching shorter schedules with higher local content. This success led to a contract of eight similar units in Brazil, for use in pre-salt deepwater areas. By acquiring standard equipment and modules, Petrobras has effectively promoted competitiveness, cost reduction and reduced schedules in its supply chain. Other gains such as ease of maintenance, spare parts logistics and operator training are foreseen. The EPC strategy and an update on the construction the eight units will be presented.

Giovani Cavalcanti Nunes holds a bachelor, a Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering. He joined Petrobras in 1987. He has worked in the design of offshore platforms as well as in the research of new technologies for the production of oil. Since 2005 he is the corporate manager of Process Technologies for Petrobras Upstream.

Tahiti-2 Project — Water Injection in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Robin Myers, Chevron

Tahiti-2 Project continued Chevron’s development of its successful Tahiti field in GC 640. Project consisted of additional field development production wells and the installation and implementation of an ultra-deep water injection for reservoir maintenance. Key lessons from the project and first year operations will be presented.

Robin K. Myers is a Chevron Project Professional with 25 years of experience in project execution. Robin was the Facilities Manager for the Tahiti-2 Project responsible for the execution of the installation and completion of the water injection facilities.

Wireless Measurements For Offshore Applications
David Lafferty, Scientific Technical Services

Wireless sensors have both a wireless data connection and are also self-powered. This means that they do no need either data or power wiring. This represents some unique opportunities for both the brownfield and greenfield offshore applications. The various category of wireless applications along with the key issues and examples will be outlined. Potential benefits for both the brownfield and greenfield offshore worlds will be given.

David has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is the founder and president of Scientific Technical Services. David has a long history in industrial wireless in which he developed the “Digital Umbrella” concept which served as the basis for ISA 100.15; worked with Emerson to develop the first WirelessHART systems at the BP Cherry Point refinery and with ISA to establish the 100.11a standard.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
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