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Special Sessions

Monday, 28 September

1030–1200

Bush Grand Ballroom A-C

Opening General Session

2040: The Journey and the Destination—Diverse Perspectives
According to the US Energy Information Administration, global oil consumption is projected to grow 32% through 2040. Global production, if no new investments are made, will naturally decline. To fill the supply gap, new oil production will have to come from oil fields that are deeper, costlier, and more difficult to produce. Instead of investing in these fields now, companies are cutting 2015 capex, delaying projects, and possibly setting the stage for a supply shortage down the road.

Global energy outlooks to 2030–2050 tend to largely agree that the steady growth in energy demand will include a steep rise in the demand for electricity. In 2040, oil and gas are expected to constitute more than 60% of the global energy mix due to the projected increase in natural gas usage and the forecasted growth in oil demand.

Four key questions are the focus of this forward-looking session:

  • Is it even possible to create a global energy road map to 2040?
  • Who picks the "energy winners" —the invisible hand of the market or the authorities?
  • How should the traditional oil and gas sector plan for success in the next 25 years?
  • If we cannot provide a road map to 2040, what are some directions worth pursuing?

Speakers:

Eithne Treanor
E Treanor Media

Jorge Leis
Managing Director of Bain & Company

Bernard Looney
BP

Jarand Rystad
Rystad Energy

Scott W. Tinker
Advanced Energy Consortium

Adif Zulkifli
PETRONAS

Monday, 28 September

1400-1700

Room 352D-F

SS 01 Value Preservation: Sustainability and Management of Above Ground Risk

Sustainability issues, environmental and social, have a material impact on shareholder value but are still poorly integrated into operational decision-making. Often the issues seen as too soft, too volatile, or too hard to measure, with fragmentation through the value chain and across different stakeholder groups. But what would the picture look like if we switched mind set and viewed sustainability and above-ground or non-financial risk as an opportunity? An opportunity to innovate, an opportunity to find more efficiencies, an opportunity to reduce risk. This session will show how sustainability and the management of above ground risk add value to projects; discuss the key issues encountered across the project lifecycle, and show some of the tools that can be used to address them.

Speakers:

Dan Domeracki Dan Domeracki
Schlumberger
RoseAnne Franco RoseAnne Franco
Wood McKenzie/Maplecroft
Alex Hohmann Alex Hohmann
Anadarko
Michael Oxman Michael Oxman
Acorn International LLC
Monday, 28 September

1400-1700

Room 362A-C

SS 02 Gas Scrubber Design and Validation for Robust Separation Duty

Gas scrubbing is part of most every oil & gas facility, both onshore and offshore. From KO drums to compressor suction to LNG trains, a gas scrubber removes traces of liquid droplets from gas streams. Scrubbers can be used upstream of gas purification equipment, such as membranes or contactors, or mechanical equipment such as compressors, or even downstream of processes that condense liquids from the gas. Scrubber design is not simply picking a catalog item and applying a k‐factor. A robust system includes the inlet piping design, proper inlet distributor, accounts for flow variability and fluid properties, allows adequate disengagement space, and ensures suitable flow distribution. As scrubbing technology is used in modular, compact systems for demanding environments the equipment used is pushed to challenging limits. High‐capacity internals are used with standard equipment like vane packs and mist pads. This session will discuss these factors as well as what performance is really required and how that performance can be validated.

Speakers:

Chris Buckingham Chris Buckingham
Southwest Research Institute
Victor Van Asperen Victor Van Asperen
FMC Technologies Inc
Manoj Bulsara Manoj Bulsara
Maersk Oil America Inc
Graham McVinnie Graham McVinnie
Shell Global Solutions International BV
William Mixon William Mixon
Tracerco
Tuesday, 29 September

0830-1155

Room 352D-F

SS 03 Error Analysis and Uncertainty in Flow Assurance and Facility Design

Discussion will focus on error and uncertainty analysis in Flow Assurance, Production Engineering and Upstream Facility Design. Panel members will each be asked to come with approximately 3-6 minutes’ worth of discussion to initiate conversation (panelist-to-panelist as well as audience Q&A) regarding the use, misuse, and underuse of error/uncertainty analysis and propagation in qualification, selection, design, and interpretation of oil and gas projects in Flow Assurance, Production Engineering, and Facility Design, particularly in Deepwater operations. Discussion can include examples or case studies, as well as suggestions for philosophies and methods, provided the discussion is centered on attempts to quantify error and uncertainty for successfully managing economic and HES risk.

Speakers:

Carolyn Ann Koh Carolyn Ann Koh
Colorado School of Mines
Pete Conrad Pete Conrad
Assured Flow Solutions LLC
Nikhil B. Joshi Nikhil B. Joshi
Anadarko Petroleum Corp
Ishan Rao Ishan Rao
Royal Dutch/Shell Group
Michael Zaldivar Michael Zaldivar
Evoleap LLC
Selen Cremaschi Selen Cremaschi
University of Tulsa
Tuesday, 29 September

0830-1155

Room 362A-C

SS 04 Managing the Future Impact of Current Cost Cutting

The start of this year saw most oilfield companies cut back significantly their spending plans in response to the dramatic drop in the oil price. The Technical Directors have arranged this special session to explore what the industry could and should be doing to minimize the impact this cost cutting will have both now and in the future. The session will start with a number of presentations in which the speakers will summarise their perspectives on what is being cut, the likely impacts of those cuts, and what can be done to mitigate their effects. The presentations will then be followed by a panel Q&A session in which the speakers will attempt to answer questions from the audience. The goal is to help individual attendees and the industry as a whole think about how we can prepare better for this latest spin of the E&P downturn and recovery wheel.

Speakers:

Jeff Moss Jeff Moss
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Tamir Aggour Tamir Aggour
IHRDC
David A. Curry David A. Curry
Baker Hughes Inc
Shauna G. Noonan Shauna G. Noonan
ConocoPhillips Co
Neeraj Shashikant Nandurdikar Neeraj Shashikant Nandurdikar
Independent Project Analysis
Tuesday, 29 September

1400-1700

Room 362A-C

SS 05 Process Safety and Culture in Wells

Comprehensive personal safety programs and an ever-improving safety records are fundamental goals of operating companies and their contractors. Though the total number of accidents is a function of activity levels, the oil and gas incidence rate is substantially lower than that of the US private section as a whole. The session will focus on process safety from wells standpoint and the strides industry has made so far.

Speakers:

David W. Haas David W. Haas
Deloitte & Touche
Thomas Michael Redlinger Thomas Michael Redlinger
T H Hill Associates, Inc.
Bill Nelson Bill Nelson
DNV GL
Morrison R. Plaisance Morrison R. Plaisance
The Well Control Institute
Kimberly McHugh Kimberly McHugh
Chevron Products Co.
Richard Quick II Richard Quick II
Shell
Wednesday, 30 September

0830-1155

Room 362A-C

SS 06 Learn to Start your Own Business and Grow your Networking Skills

Wondering how you can take your career expertise to the next level? There are many steps involved in creating an effective business plan. It is about making the right connections and building beneficial relationships. In this two-part session you will learn from the experts about how to frame a plan to start your own business and how to leverage networking skills to influence change and build business relationships.

Speakers:

J Roger Hite J Roger Hite
Founder and Principal, Inwood Solutions, LLC
C. Susan Howes C. Susan Howes
Chevron Global Upstream
Peggy Rijken Peggy Rijken
Chevron Corporation