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Offshore Facilities

17 – 20 November 2013

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort

Technical Agenda

monday 18 november


Session 1: Introduction/Opening/Keynote Address 


Session 2: Field Development Planning (Part I) – Design & Optimisation

Facilities design, optimisation and tailored use is bet addressed when one has a good understanding of the overall field development plan and the associated production rates and phases over the potential life of the field. Sometimes similar information of rates and phases may also be needed to be known should some form of injection program is part of the field development plan. In this session we will first address the critical parameters that define the field development planning. Some of these parameters include size of the resource base and the expected recovery factor. The reservoir flow and fluid properties (including phase behaviour and changes over time and also in the reservoir) need to be measured. The better handle one has on these properties and the reservoir pressure and the recharge system will determine the production rates, profile and the phases over the life of the well. The production profiles will dictate the size and the associated accessories that will be needed to design the facilities. Typically one will need to design the facilities for peak production should that be sustainable over an extended period of time. Options will be discussed regarding peak production that exists for non-extended period of time and the impact on the size of the facility. In this session we will not only discuss the reservoir producibility as a constraint to facilities sizing but also discuss options to operate the facilities in an optimum manner and what controls them.


Session 3: Field Development Planning (Part II) – Installation Methodology

This session will cover the various methods of offshore facilities installation. The discussion will range from conventional to deepwater and subsea installations. The idea is to identify and understand the different installation methods that are used and the challenges associated to each of them. There will be additional focus given to deepwater and subsea facilities installation, especially on the aspects of the planning required prior, during and post installation that needs to be addressed as part of the field development plan.


Session 4: Field Development Planning (Part III) – Challenges in Association to Marginal and Brown Fields

The primary object of this session is to provide insight into key challenges due to reserve uncertainty in the context of Brownfield development and at the same time managing production depletion: quantifying and ranking opportunity to ensure the project is economic and viable. In this session, commercial and technical challenges related to development options, i.e. tie-backs to existing installation facilities, via floaters etc. will be discussed.


Session 5: Breakout Session: Deployment of Technologies and Strategies to Develop Marginal Field

tuesday 19 november


Session 6: Breakout Session: Deployment of Technologies and Strategies to Develop Marginal Field (Cont.) + Group Presentation


Session 7 : Challenges in Addressing Aging Facilities

Aging facilities are a time evolution of nature generally acknowledged by all. Though the facilities are equipped with their designed life, specifically in oil and gas industries, it is very much dependent on how long the assets can be sustained. More often than not, and as what we are all hoping for, the longevity prevails and we end up stretching the operational life of old facilities and equipment. As the current cost of operations continue to rise and coupled with marginal economics of declining production, major replacement or new structures will be nearly impossible.  How do we ensure we can maintain a safe operational environment under the situation? We first have to clearly understand the challenges that we are facing and potential risks that we will be dealing with in addressing aging facilities. This session will not only discuss, but also gather past experiences and new concerns that all operators are facing in dealing with aging facilities. We will also have the opportunity to hear about a case study that showcased success story in managing challenges from aging facilities by the front liners in asset management. From the discussion, it will conclude or perhaps lead to understanding on how and what we should prepare ourselves in managing aging facilities better and safer.

wednesday 20 november


Session 8 : Case study, Lesson Learnt and Best Practices

The primary object of session 8 is to provide insight into key challenges and lessons learned in the context of brownfield development and management of aging facilities. Accordingly, the discussion builds on Session 4; Field Development Planning (Part 3), which discussed development options, Session 8 subsequently presents a case study focused on tie-in development.
This real-world case study will present the challenges associated with the following:

  • Changes in ownership
  • Operations
  • Potential for production cut-off due to prioritization of supply

The session discussion will conclude with a presentation of lessons learned related to key commercial considerations including tariffs and fees.


Session 9 : Human Factors and HSE Considerations

Human factors is a multi-disciplinary science that focuses on the interaction between the human and the work system in order to design human-machine interactions that optimize human and system performance (ISO 6385-2003). Human factor engineering is about making it easy for people to do things right and hard for them to do things wrong. As oil & gas facilities, both offshore and onshore, poses many hazards to people and the environment, human factor engineering is becoming more significant in mitigating risk in preventing major accidents. There is a need to focus more on human factor engineering, especially in Brown and Marginal Fields as projects of these nature tend to focus on costs and might miss critical steps in ensuring design, operate and maintain it right principles. An organisation safety culture is not complete when human factor engineering is not being address.


Session 10 : Panel Session: Offshore Facilities – When Man & Machine Collide


Session 11: Decommissioning Strategy and Lessons Learnt

At the economic limit of the field, there is often still a significant amount of unrecoverable hydrocarbon remaining in the reservoir. It may be tempting to defer physical abandonment for an extended period of time; in the hope that the oil price will increase to make it feasible to continue production or that the latest and greatest recovery techniques will have been perfected in time. Or, could implementation of government/regional regulation be the key to determining when decommissioning should occur?

And finally, how do you ensure that the field has produced its maximum ROI with maximum safety and minimum environmental impact?

As a result of these difficult to answer question, decommissioning is not always fully addressed during the field development plan; with most strategies developing once the liabilities outweigh the gains.

The first presentation of this session will address the governmental and regulatory complexities and the second presentation on this session will focus on an actual project completed in Asia Pacific. In this presentation the design of the project and key critical lessons learned and best practices will be shared.

Each presentation will be followed with a discussion period for the audience to ask questions and share their learnings.


Session 12: Summary/ Wrap Up