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With the reserves in deepwater playing an increasingly important role in meeting the demands of the next century, SMi have put together a conference where confirmed experts in the field of deepwater technology will address current issues and also look to the future.

The overall theme of the event is the impact that technology can make on the operating costs in deepwater. As technological boundaries are pushed back, so production in deeper waters becomes more economical. The deepwater industry is expected to be allocated close to $71 billion in funds over the next 5 years. In response to this, the oil and gas industry must push back the boundaries further and keep the cost down. This can only be achieved through technology and its application.

This conference will provide oil companies with an understanding of the opportunities represented by deepwater and ultra deepwater drilling. The program aims to illustrate industrial examples of deepwater and ultra deepwater drilling and the technological advances and developments necessary to this industry.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Peter Nichols

Peter Nichols, Drilling Consultant, former Technical Director, KCA Drilling Group

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - DEEPSTAR PROJECT

Paul R Hays

Paul R Hays, Project Manager, DeepStar Project, Texaco

  • Role and importance of co-operation in deepwater technology development
  • Reason behind project DeepStar’s set up
  • DeepStar’s interface with US regulatory bodies
  • Brief glimpse of DeepStar phase 5
  • Technology for developing $12/bbl oil
  • 9:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS - THE USE OF VR TECHNOLOGY IN DEEPWATER

    Darrel Fanguy

    Darrel Fanguy, Product Introduction Manager, Cadcentre

  • Introduction to the visualisation
  • Vitural Reality as a real engineering tool
  • Mars tension leg platform - cost savings
  • Britannia project and the role of visualisation
  • Subsea field development feasibility studies utilising visualisation
  • 10:20 SUCCESS OF DEEPWATER EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION

    Jan Roelofsen

    Jan Roelofsen, Vice President of Data and Application Support, HIS Energy Group (Petroconsultants)

  • Review of worldwide deepwater exploration activity
  • Deepwater discovery success
  • Global comparison of field sizes
  • The impact of technology on the development of smaller field sizes
  • Future exploration trends
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DEEPWATER DRILLING, VISION 2000 AND BEYOND

    Peter Aird

    Peter Aird, General Manager, Kingdom Drilling

  • Fundamentals of deepwater exploring and development drilling
  • Drilling lessons learned
  • Managing and controlling a deepwater drilling budget at $12/bbl
  • Improving the technical process beyond 2000
  • A learning organisation 2000 and beyond
  • 12:00 DEEPWATER EXPLORATION

    Richard Shepherd

    Richard Shepherd, Managing Director, Petrodata

  • How the deepwater boom started
  • The future of deepwater drilling to 2010: forecast scenarios
  • The impact of $10 oil prices on deep water markets
  • The deep water rig fleet: evolution of the species and the next generation
  • Regional profiles for Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, West Africa and others
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 WELL CONTROL

    David Lansdell

    David Lansdell, Development Director, HOSE International

  • Selection criteria and engineering considerations
  • Acceptance testing of well control equipment
  • Trouble shooting of control equipment
  • Personnel factors in well control
  • Case study of well control selection through to full operation
  • 14:20 RISERS AND ASSOCIATED DEVELOPMENTS

    Howard Cook

    Howard Cook, Manager, Riser Technology Project, BP Exploration

  • Importance of risers to field development
  • Industry trends - new requirements
  • IRiser options for deepwater
  • Consequences of internal product properties and behavior
  • Industry initiatives to address the challenges - feasibility, capex reduction, opex reduction
  • 15:00 RISERS FOR DEEPWATER DIFFICULTIES

    Mindoo Patel

    Mindoo Patel, Head of Santa Fe Laboratory, University College London

  • Difficulties facing design and running
  • Range of innovative options
  • Stress regimes
  • New materials and their role
  • Vortex induced vibration issues
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 ROLE OF SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY IN TOPSIDE DEVELOPMENTS

    Dr Paul Seccombe

    Dr Paul Seccombe, Senior Process Engineer, Aspen Technology

  • Unique features of deepwater pipelines
  • Un-planned transient conditions
  • Further evaluation of operating and commissioning procedures
  • System response to shocks
  • High fidelity models allow surveillance and optimisation
  • 16:30 CONTROL AND INSTRUMENTATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DEEPWATER

    Iain Duncan

    Iain Duncan, Business Manager, ABB Offshore Technology

  • Introduction to base-line technology
  • Advances in control technology
  • Restrictions imposed by deepwater environments
  • Sophistication in workover and intervention technology
  • Multi-tasking of intervention vessels
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Richard Snell

    Richard Snell, Senior Structural Engineer, BP Amoco

    9:10 OPTIMISING COST CONTROL THROUGH SUBSEA ENGINEERING

    Stuart J. Houston

    Stuart J. Houston, Business Development Manager, Fuel Subsea Engineering

  • Linking subsea production facilities
  • DMaC - cluster wells and their cost benefits
  • Environmental conditions and their impact on cost
  • The integration of drilling and related subsea installation
  • Opportunities for further cost reduction
  • 9:40 SUBSEA PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT

    Brian Jones

    Brian Jones, Technical Director, Zentech International

  • Overview of development options in operation
  • Meto-ocean conditions facing deepwater subsea production facilities
  • Technological developments in subsea production
  • The reduction of operating costs through the development of subsea technology
  • Future technological developments and their impact on deepwater exploration and viability
  • 10:20 SUBSEA ESP TECHNOLOGY

    Paul Alcock

    Paul Alcock, Business Development Director, Tronic

  • Well RJS 477a in Albacora East Field
  • Location and distance to host platform
  • Ground breaking technology required to utilise artificial lift in remote location
  • Products developed
  • Production rates set and records broken
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 MANIPULATION OF TOOLS AT DEPTH

    Carl Hills

    Carl Hills, General Manager, Pressure Control Engineering

  • Introduction to multi lateral re-entry systems
  • Success of multi lateral re-entry in deepwater
  • Coiled tubing in long reach wells
  • Remote manipulation and its uses
  • Technology necessary for successful manipulation
  • 12:00 CORING AND THE CHALLENGE IN DEEPWATER

    Per Arno

    Per Arno, Managing Director, Corpro Systems

  • Selection of equipment to deepwater environment
  • Control through metocean conditions
  • Selection of sample placement in deepwater
  • Retrieval of sample through sub-sea layers
  • Interpretation of results
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 REMOTE INTERVENTION

    Andy Stewart

    Andy Stewart, Remote Intervention Manager, Stolt Comex Seaway

  • Development and expectations of R.O.V. in deepwater applications
  • Feedback on existing deepwater drilling worksites
  • Metocean conditions and the restrictions placed on R.O.V. operations
  • Impact of depth on R.O.V. control systems
  • Future developments in R.O.V. technology
  • 14:40 POSITION MONITORING

    Nigel Kallend

    Nigel Kallend, Division Manager, Sonardyne International Ltd

  • Deepwater acoustic systems and the challenge of deepwater environments
  • Position fixing systems and the use to R.O.V. technology
  • Dynamic positioning systems and their deepwater use
  • Monitoring of underwater telemetry
  • Technological advances in sub-sea acoustics
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 HYDRATES IN DEEPWATER DRILLING

    Richard Szczepanski

    Richard Szczepanski, Technical Director, InfoChem Computer Services

  • The challenges of hydrocarbon flow through sub-sea layers
  • Hydrate formation in deepwater development
  • The contribution of modelling
  • Review of hazards and technological solutions
  • Implications for Atlantic margin
  • 16:20 THE CHALLENGES OF DEEPWATER MOORING

    Martin Kobiela

    Martin Kobiela, Technical Manager, Trident Offshore

  • Operational constraints in deepwater moorings
  • Mooring options and their limitations
  • Anchors for deepwater mooring
  • Analysis techniques for ensuring mooring integrity
  • Existing mooring strategies and those under development
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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