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Enhancing Profitability through Total Process Reliability in Maturing Oil and Gas Assets

7 – 9 October 2013

Muscat, Oman | Ritz Carlton, Al Bustan Palace Hotel

About this Workshop

Abstract

Total Process Reliability (TPR) is a process used to improve equipment efficiency by enrolling the entire organisation in incident management. The TPR philosophy is reflected in 5 major tenets which involve improving equipment uptime and reliability, sharing equipment maintenance responsibilities with the operator (frontline maintenance—basic care), engaging people in improvement teams, improving skills and knowledge of operators and mechanics, and improving the processes for equipment design, production and installation.

Supplemented by rigorous fixed equipment inspection (integrity management) programmes, TPR has become a common factor among pace-setter downstream refinery and petrochemical complexes which routinely have thin profit margins. These combined programmes often assume names like “Asset Integrity Management" or “Asset Management—Maintenance Excellence”, even though the basic tools of the programmes are very similar.

In the past, upstream production operations generally involved utilisation of equipment that was far less complex than equipment that has been needed in recent years, as higher cost and complexity is required for most Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) projects. Over the past few years, many of these EOR projects have been rapidly developed and implemented because of the relatively good profit margins involved. As a result, “front-end” reliability engineering/TPR organisational development often does not get the attention it deserves. As the operation of those facilities moves forward in a high-profit-margin environment, the high cost of ensuing repetitive equipment or process design failures often gets masked from large operators until a major event occurs resulting in a series of substantial production-loss incidents which may include an environmental disaster.

By implementing a solid Total Process Reliability programme and mechanical integrity management system that is clearly driven from the top of the organisation, companies can utilise a set of disciplines, methodologies, and tools to help them recognise and optimise the impact on the life cycle of the business. This will considerably reduce costs, improve the overall performance of the assets, and greatly reduce the exposure to risks associated with poor reliability, availability, and efficiency. As a by-product, the protection of human assets and the environment will be improved as well.

With many EOR projects being joint ventures due to the high initial investment cost, the long-term benefits of recognising and managing equipment failures, reducing life cycle costs, and implementing the organisational structure required to achieve this will be of great value to the operating partners. These benefits will improve their performance, and facilitate prudent management of all their assets. Implementing a TPR programme can improve maintenance costs by 25–50%, and advance production on-stream times, in excess of 95% availability.

Who Should Attend

  • Decision makers
  • Economists
  • Corporate planners
  • Engineers
  • Portfolio managers
  • Analysts
  • Negotiators
  • Project managers
  • Consultants

Visa Information

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Workshop Guidelines

Format

Three (3) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.

Documentation

  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and hand-outs are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Poster Session

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster on a relevant project. For further details kindly contact Caroline Attenborough, event manager at cattenborough@spe.org.

Attendance

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.

Commercialism

In keeping with workshop objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.