The 3rd Annual ‘Subsea Integrity Conference’, hosted by DecomWorld is now confirmed to return to Houston on October 5-6 2015, and not only features an exciting line up of expert speakers; it is now being delivered by the all new Upstream Intelligence brand.
Structural Integrity Management approaches in the Gulf of Mexico lag 20 years behind the North Sea, but the move off the shelf and into deeper water, plus the growing need to extend the life of assets, should force a shift to risk-based analysis, Doug Kemp, Hess Corporation’s offshore integrity advisor for Americas and West Africa, said.
Electrically-heated equipment and Low Dosage Hydrate Inhibitors (LDHI) are likely to become the key flow assurance technologies in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), Stephen Hamilton, lead flow assurance engineer at Premier Oil said.
The increasing use of Coiled Tubing and nanotechnology is set to lower future well-intervention costs as operators implement life-extensions strategies in response to low oil prices and regulatory pressures, Peter Koopmans, Quality Assurance Advisor at Hess, said.
The Flowline Remediation System (FRS) can lower daily maintenance costs by more than 50%, to around $200,000 to $400,000, as it does not require rig rental and uses coiled tubing, Bin Xie, Project Engineer at Oceaneering, the FRS developer, said.
SmartPipe technology, backed by operators such as Total, Eni, ConocoPhillips and Petrobras, will lower the cost of temporary maintenance shutdowns by triggering better-informed preventative measures, Snorre Lillesand, BD & Commercial Manager at Bredero Shaw, the pipeline coating energy services company, said.
More than 50 wells, reservoir, facilities and interventions experts will gather in Houston, on June 17, to identify and quantify new production optimization opportunities for wells, reservoirs and facilities.
New regulations from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement could push up the cost of Blowout Preventer Systems by as much as 20% for some operators, Matteo Loizzo, an independent well integrity consultant, said.