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The industry press has heralded an age of deepwater development, find out the reality behind the hype at SMi's forthcoming Deepwater Exploration and Production conference. Taking place on 25th and 26th April 2001 in London, Deepwater Exploration and Production offers you the detailed market analysis of the current opportunities in the global deepwater development market.

As you will see from the attached agenda, the high quality of our speakers means you can be confident of gaining insight from the experts. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet the key players and disucc market developments and potential.

But that's not all, the conference will also address key market issues including licensing rounds, the deepwater rig market, data analysis, new technological developments including remote sensing, the latest developments in the floatation units and pipeline and flowlines plus examination of the deepwater challenges for the gas industry.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas, Editor, Deepwater International

9:10 PUTTING DEEPWATER E & P IN PERSPECTIVE

Dr. Jean-Francois Giannesini

Dr. Jean-Francois Giannesini, Chief Engineer, IFP

  • Is there the opportunity to utilise ultra-deepwater
  • How has the technology developed
  • Is ultra-deepwater economically viable
  • Financial landscape is helping investment
  • What are the political issues involved
  • 9:40 LICENSING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

    Matt Cabell

    Matt Cabell, Vice President of Gulf of Mexico Exploration, Texaco

  • Overview of past lease sales
  • Impact of Royalty Relief; Impact of 3-D data
  • Impact of recent discoveries; Importance of leasing early
  • Ratio of leased blocks to drillable prospects
  • Small size of GOM blocks and the need to partner
  • Current ‘leased up’ status
  • 10:20 THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL

    Dick Wood

    Dick Wood, Engineering manager, Fuel Subsea Engineering

  • Understanding the cliché
  • Key risk areas
  • Knowledge management
  • Systematic preparation
  • Management not technology
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DEEPWATER DRILLING RIGS

    Gavin Strachan

    Gavin Strachan, Director, Bassoe Offshore Consultants

  • Recent developments in the rig market
  • Technological advances: have they affected the market
  • The impact of a rise in oil prices on the deepwater rig market
  • Can supply match demand
  • Assesing the key regions. Gulf of Mexico, South America and Africa
  • Looking to the future: Forecast scenarios of the future rig market
  • 12:00 SATELLITE EXPLORATION

    Nigel Press

    Nigel Press, Chairman, NPA group

  • Overview of existing satellite methods
  • Increasing chances of hitting oil
  • Advantages of satellite exploration
  • NPA’s Global Offshore Basin Screening Project
  • Follow-up to OBS; sampling by boat
  • Future developments
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 DESIGN OF FPSO’S

    Richard Jenkins

    Richard Jenkins, Business Development Manager - West Africa, AMEC Offshore

  • Examination of recent FPSO projects
  • Key lessons learnt
  • Application of those lessons to new projects
  • Understanding issues of increased complexity in deepwater developments
  • Addressing need for local participation in under-developed regions
  • 14:40 DEEPWATER WELL PLANNING

    Don Ritter

    Don Ritter, Vice President, Geomechanics International Inc

  • Data acquisition
  • Wellbore stability
  • Casing point selection
  • Image log anaysis as a planning tool
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 FLOW ASSURANCE

    Ivor Forsdyke

    Ivor Forsdyke, Managing Director, Flowassurance Solutions Ltd

  • Deepwater, what are the problems involved?
  • An overview of flow assurance technologies
  • Solving problems in deepwater
  • Can flow assurance technology keep up with the demand to drill deeper.
  • 16:20 SPEAKER PANEL

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Networking Drinks Reception

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brian Jones

    Brian Jones, Technical Director, Zentech International

    9:10 DEEPWATER E&P: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

    Jan Roelofsen

    Jan Roelofsen, Vice President, Geneva Operations, IHS Energy Group

  • Deepwater developments over the past year
  • Major global successes and failures
  • Comparing the Gulf of Mexico, South America and West Africa
  • The economics of deepwater challenges
  • Highlights of current deepwater E&P
  • Is there a future? Possible trends of deepwater developments
  • 9:40 FAROE ISLANDS

    Heralvur Joensen

    Heralvur Joensen, Director General, Faroe Ministry of Petroleum

  • The Faroe islands first licensing rounds
  • Faroes bordering on deepwater and how this opens up possibilites
  • Why oil companies are investing in the Faroes and what is being done to attract them
  • What data is available for deepwater drilling
  • What role does the government have in licensing opportunities
  • Future deepwater and ultra-deepwater opportunities in the Faroe Islands
  • 10:20 CHALLENGES FOR THE GAS INDUSTRY

    Satinder Purewal

    Satinder Purewal, Principal Petroleum Engineer, BG Group

  • An overview of the recent developmetns in Gas E & P
  • Technological advancements within the industry
  • Problems specific to gas in deepwater
  • Solving problems and avoiding pitfalls
  • BG Groups experiences in the deepwater industry
  • Pushing back boundaries, can we go deeper for gas
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF DEEPWATER E&P

    Karl Henrik Bryne

    Karl Henrik Bryne, Environmental Specialilst, Statoil

  • A summary of environmental factors connected with deepwater E & P
  • What legislation is in place to reduce contamination and disturbance
  • What is required to monitor the situation
  • Working together, the need for co-operation between companies
  • Results from relevant monitoring programmes
  • Increasing deepwater oil and gas production, what will be the effects on the environment?
  • 12:00 DEVELOPMENTS IN DEEPWATER DRILLING AND PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

    John Cameron

    John Cameron, Sand Control Technical Manager, Weatherford International

  • Underbalanced drilling
  • Well slimming
  • Solid & Slotted expandable technologies
  • Interventionless flow control
  • Inflow control
  • Abandonment
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TECHNIQUES FOR CONTROL IN DEEPWATER

    Neal T. Smith

    Neal T. Smith, Senior Staff Engineer, Aspentech Ltd

  • An update of recent technological advances
  • Special properties of deepwater pipelines
  • How to overcome conditions in ultra-deepwater
  • Operating and commissioning procedures
  • Surveillance and Optimisation techniques
  • Developing control techniques in the future
  • 14:40 DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR DEEPWATER PRODUCTION FACILITIES

    Dr Salah Baker

    Dr Salah Baker, Senior Consultant, ALTRA Consultants Ltd

  • What are the major problems related to processing for Floating Production Units?
  • What are design problems with conventional contractors in tilt and motion applications?
  • Minimising the affect of tilt and motion on contractor performance?
  • What are key design issues for separators in tilt and motion?
  • Improving performance of separators in tilt and motion applications
  • Case studies.
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PIPELINES AND FLOWLINES

    David Kaye

    David Kaye, Department Manager- Offshore Engineering Division, Coflexip Stena Offshore

  • Developments in technology
  • Reaching problem areas, the challenge of deepwater
  • Monitoring flowlines and pipelines
  • Reducing costs in a highly competitive market
  • Reducing environmental impacts
  • 16:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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