Deepwater Challenges: SUT Technical Conference, Rio 2010- Day 2 Part 2

by Claudio Paschoa 30. March 2010 17:09

The Society for Underwater Technology Technical Conference in Rio de Janeiro discusses the main challenges to be faced in Deepwater O&G exploration and examines the many possible solutions through technological innovations.
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The second day of the conference continued after the coffee break with FMC representatives speaking about their Field Development Toolbox to Enable Optimization and Best Value to Exploit Fields. This consists of an advanced 3D graphical design tool, consisting of a series of modules which enable a field development model to be defined and optimized.
This presentation was followed by an interesting talk by researchers from the University of Strathclyde, which I believe is in Scotland, about Riser Cross-flow VIV (vortex induced vibration) in Combined In-line Steady and Oscillatory Flows, which deals with oscillations in riser systems caused by vibrations and is a wee bit too complicated to explain here.
The last presentation before lunch break was also related to VIV and presented by an Acergy representative and one of their consultants. It was titled VIV Model of Closely Spaced Jumpers and Risers.
After the lunch break the conference continued with presentations on Flex Pipe Monitoring Systems by reps from Wellstream and 2H Offshore. Steel Riser Design & Construction for Corrosive and Sour Service Environments, again by reps from 2H Offshore and a talk about Ultra Deepwater Flex Pipe Tech Challenges and Design Evolution.
These were followed by another lavish coffee break but unfortunately I had to leave before the four final presentations which were:
New International Codes of Practice for Steel and Flexible Risers Designs and Integrity
Management, Subsea HIPPS System in Brazil – Mexilhão Project, Santos Basin,
Deep-water Technology for Pipeline Repair and Hot-Tapping, Thermoplastic and Steel Tube Umbilicals - A Comparative Analysis.
All the presentations made during the SUT Technical Conference, Rio 2010 will soon be available for examination at the SUT site for those interested in furthering their subsea systems knowledge. During the next few months we will be reviewing some of these excellent presentations here as everything to do with challenges to deepwater exploration concern us here in Brazil.
Once again I´d like to thank SUT and their Brazilian branch for allowing my participation in such an important technological conference.
Claudio Paschoa
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Deepwater Challenges: SUT Technical Conference, Rio 2010 - Day 2

by Claudio Paschoa 25. March 2010 16:52

The Society for Underwater Technology Technical Conference in Rio de Janeiro discusses the main challenges to be faced in Deepwater O&G exploration and examines the many possible solutions through technological innovations. Summary of the first presentations during the second day of the conference.
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The second day of the SUT Technical Conference started off with keynote speaker David Brookes, Chief engineer Subsea and Floating Systems for BP. Mr. Brookes has been with BP since 1979 and has been in various subsea related positions within the company, been an acknowledged specialist is subsea system. His was an inspiring presentation about the perspectives on subsea development, where he went through the various possibilities and major technological breakthroughs in the company´s  subsea developments, including major developments in Angola .
Important challenges such as subsea processing, subsea tiebacks, concept through design and subsea equipment quality and reliability issues were examined during his excellent presentation.
The other early morning presentations were by Mr. Porciúncula from Petrobras, speaking about the company´s GOM developments Cascade and Chinook, both of which are deepwater developments where subsea technology and equipment are extensively used. One of the interesting topics related to the C&C operations is their use of releasable buoys connected to AR risers and flowlines that can be easily disconnected from the production FPSOs in the even of approaching hurricanes, which are commonly occur in the GOM region during the northern hemispheres summer.
The third presentation of the day was by Mr. H. Cook, also from BP speaking about their technological developments in advanced riser designs for deepwater production.
After the lavish coffee break offered daily by the conference organizers and expertly set up the the Pestana Rio Hotel staff, all participants returned to the conference room for the three remaining presentations before lunch.
Here I must comment on how impressed I was that the great majority of the conference participants from various countries were attending all the presentations, even when not directly related to their areas of expertise, which I would say is not only a testament to the quality of the presentations being given but also to the dedication of these professionals to their work in finding solutions to the many challenges in E&P development in hazardous deepwater environments.
Next week we will look at the other presentations given during the second day of the conference and some conclusions that can be made about deepwater O&G exploration and  production and a summary of the challenges we face in order to have reliable and efficient results in deepwater E&P.
Claudio Paschoa
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Deepwater Challenges: SUT Technical Conference, Rio 2010

by Claudio Paschoa 23. March 2010 17:57

The Society for Underwater Technology Technical Conference 2010 in Rio de Janeiro discusses the main challenges to be faced in Deepwater O&G exploration and examines the many possible solutions through technological innovations.
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The challenges faced in exploring deepwater O&G reservoirs are truly incredible. Quoting the visionary Brazilian businessman and investor Eike Batista, himself a player in the O&G industry, “The pre-salt is like going to the moon”. 
Pre-salt E&P is certainly not the only challenge in deepwater development, but most specialists in the area of deepwater subsea systems development agree that it may be the biggest challenge, as drilling through the 2,000 meter thick salt crusts sometimes lying in excess of 3,000 meters underwater to get to the O&G reservoirs is a very, very complicated task, as is designing and installing subsea equipement that will withstand the huge pressure and low temperatures and sometimes with extreme currents and  irregular and rock filled seabed topography.
The Society for Underwater Technology in partnership with its Brazilian branch UK Brazil Center of Ocean Engineering has brought many of the world´s greatest deepwater O&G exploration and production specialists to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (widely considered the new frontier in deepwater E&P, for a technical conference to discuss the issues related to this challenge). At the 5 star Pestana Rio Hotel, at Copacabana Beach.
The opening keynote presentation by Mr. M. Diniz, Petrobras´ E&P Subsea Services General Manager set the tone for the conference. On speaking about the present and future challenges faced by Petrobras Subsea Operations, Mr. Diniz called for a concentrated effort by all players and service providers to share knowledge and experiences in order to meet the deepwater pre-salt challenges and all challenges faced by those trying to explore the vital deepwater O&G reservoirs around the world and specifically here in Brazil.
Although not unheard of, it may be considered a very rare occurrence for major O&G players to take such a step towards sharing experimental and operational information which in any other case would be considered strategic and confidential. I believe this proactive attitude perfectly exemplifies the complexities involved in deepwater exploration.
This keynote presentation was followed an excellent explanation of the Seabed ESP boosting system developed by Shell for the Parque das Conchas play by Mrs. Olijnik from Shell and by an inspiring presentation by Dr. Kallestad from Statoil´s acomplishments and its moto of Longer-Deeper-Colder, subsea solutions for the next decade..
From this opening presentation the first day of the conference went on to emulate one of those scientific meetings where scientists freely discuss their theories and possible solutions to various problems related to specific areas of deepwater development. It must be said that most themes were related to problems or solutions regarding deep and ultra-deepwater subsea systems.
A Petrobras speaker, Mr. Kuchpil, explained the  subsea raw water injection system being used at the Albacora field, while other speakers discussed flow assurance and AR lift considerations for pre-salt operations in the GOM or the world´s first SLWR (steel lazy wave risers) installed at the Parque das Conchas field, while others spoke about new approaches to flex pipe integrity analysis. An engineer from the China University of Petroleum also showed an interesting ship mounted model of a lifting system for installation of deepwater risers and other subsea hardware that can be installed in various ship sizes.
Engineers from COPPE-UFRJ exposed their experimentations with the novel technology of sandwich pipes, offering a possible alternative to PIP´s for ultra deepwater, MCS and JP Kenny engineers spoke about the latest advances in design and routing of PIP flowlines also for ultra deepwater. A Tenaris-Confab representative, which works closely with COPPE in deepwater systems development spoke about buckling evaluation of welded pipes, and the first day ended with a very interesting expositions by a representative of the DeepStar project, which looks for solution to some of the greatest challenges faces by deepwater development.
I hope to be able to write a bit about each presentation, but for now this will have to suffice, for tomorrow will be a long day with much more information being shared and discussed by these great men and women who dedicate their lives to facing the challenges of the deep.
Special thanks to Dr. Murilo Vaz manager of the UK Brazil Center of Ocean Engineering, who very kindly approved my participation as the only press attendant and has been extremely helpful and also to Mr. Bob Allwood Chief Executive of SUT, who was my first senior contact upon attaining my membership with SUT and who encouraged me to attend the conference when I first asked him about it, many months ago.
Claudio Paschoa
(Member of the Society for Underwater Technology and UK Brazil Center of Ocean Engineering).
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Society for Underwater Technology and UK BRAZIL Centre of Ocean Engineering

by Claudio Paschoa 12. January 2010 03:25

The SUT Technical Conference 2010 will be held in Rio de Janeiro and promises to be the main subsea event of the year in Brazil.
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The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) is a multi-disciplinary learned society that brings together organisations and individuals with a common interest in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering.
SUT was founded in 1966 and has members from more than 40 countries, including engineers, scientists, other professionals and students working in these areas.

The SUT was founded to promote the further understanding of the underwater environment and to encourage:
Cross-fertilisation and dissemination of ideas, experience and information between workers in academic research, applied research and technology, industry and government.
Development of techniques and tools to explore, study and exploit the oceans.
Proper economic and sociological usage of resources in and beneath the oceans.
Further education of scientists and technologists to maintain high standards in marine science and technology.
SUT has branches in various countries, one of them being in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The UK BRAZIL Centre of Ocean Engineering is located at COPPE/UFRJ at Fundão Island in Rio de Janeiro.
The UK BRAZIL Centre of Ocean Engineering is intended to create synergy between British and Brazilian institutions involving both academia and companies with interests in ocean related subjects, in particular subsea technology.
Its main objectives are to improve the interaction between universities, research centres, societies and companies from the UK and Brazil in subjects associated with Ocean Engineering, Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration and Production, Shipbuilding Activities, Ocean Energy and related areas;
Organise seminars, workshops and meetings to further the aims of the Centre, through the auspices of the SUT.
Make available direct links through the Internet for public use with the main British institutions associated with subjects related to the Ocean Engineering;
Promote cooperation between British and Brazilian partners in collaborative research projects of mutual interest supported by companies and governments from both countries.
In 23-24 of March 2010, Brazil will be hosting the SUT Technical Conference to be held at the Rio Othon Hotel in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro. The topics to be covered include:
- Pipeline Installation in Deep Waters
- Deep Water Production Risers
- Subsea Processing and Boosting
- New Developments on Subsea Intervention, Trees and Manifolds
- Field Development Concepts
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About COPPE:
COPPE – Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute – Graduate School and Research in Engineering –was born ready to reinvigorate the Brazilian University and to participate in developing the country.
Founded in 1963, the institute that initiated the setting up of graduate courses in Brazil was founded by the engineer Alberto Luiz Coimbra and its debut master course was in Chemical Engineering of the then University of Brazil, today UFRJ - Rio de Janeiro Federal University.
Over these last four decades, Coppe has become the largest center for teaching and research in engineering of Latin America.
The Institute, with 12 master and doctorate programs, has already qualified more than 11,500 Master and Doctorate students and nowadays has 320 full-time faculty members, 2,600 students and 350 employees including researchers, technical and administrative personnel.
The 116 modern laboratories at Coppe make up the largest complex of laboratories in the engineering field in the country and they minister to the demands for the growth of scientific production and contracted research project.
Claudio Paschoa
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