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Deepwater: Promising Potential–Difficult Dynamics

18 – 20 November 2013

Mumbai, India | Hyatt Regency Hotel

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 19 November

Session 1: Case Histories—Lessons Learnt

Deepwater developments are being executed in increasingly demanding and high-cost frontier environments worldwide. The project teams from operating companies must work together with service companies and technology providers to deliver integrated, innovative, optimised and flexible development solutions. The successfully implemented deepwater development projects give insights into these partnerships and details of development concepts, which are useful for future deepwater development projects.
This session will cover case histories of successful implementation of challenging deepwater field developments across the world. This session will set the tone of the workshop with the exchange of ideas and technology from field examples across the world where management of uncertainty and risks has been a critical success factor.

Session 2: Subsurface Challenges

The Indian subcontinent offers some specific challenges for modelling and understanding the development of hydrocarbon resources in deepwater. In this session, industry experts from service companies, operators and academia will present papers and lead discussions in the following areas:

  • Understanding of Basin Geometry in deepwater environment.
  • Sedimentation History and Hydrocarbon Fairways in Deep Water Regime.
  • Exploration constraints and weather conditions.
  • Data acquisition in deepwater conditions, data processing and extracting information below basalt.
  • The Petroleum Geology of the Continent-Ocean transition

Session 3: Well Construction

The complexity of deepwater operations requires a thorough understanding of well design criteria and associated equipment for well construction management. This is desirable to carry out safe deepwater well operations and also delivering wells that meet the critical requirements of well integrity, productivity targets and cost. Drilling and completions of wells contributes significantly to the deepwater field development cost with major field challenges forcing the E&P industry to keep developing new technology solutions to go beyond traditional limits. With increasing deepwater depths, the adoption of the right technology is essential to overcome these challenges. This session will focus on the critical areas that are relevant to operations in Indian deepwater such as:

  • Well Construction with special focus on casing/cementing operations
  • Narrow margin drilling and managed pressure drilling (MPD)
  • Relief well design including the selection of safe locations, parallel drilling to the primary well and ranging technologies to intercept the well
  • Subsea well completion and complexities
  • Interface issues between drilling and subsea well completion
  • Intelligent completion systems to assist production from multiple zones

This important session will cover the effective ways of well construction, target well placement, well completion through subsea systems and well intervention options which will maximise the integrity and reliability of wells, ultimately minimising the total cost of production with the right placement and completion programme.

Session 4: Well and Subsea Intervention

The number of subsea wells being developed is increasing rapidly. Hence there is a huge economic incentive to increase recovery. Measures to maintain well performance and integrity in the form of well interventions are carried out less regularly on subsea than surface wells due to the high access costs and increasing water depths.
Traditionally, subsea well intervention has been performed from drilling rigs—an automatic extension of their role in drilling and completing wells. But the sky-high rates resulting from the offshore boom of recent years have made such operations very expensive, while rig availability has been limited. All these reasons have led to the development of alternative technology and more cost-effective systems to access deepwater wells. Due to high costs, the service industry’s response has been slow but positive. Some of the developments in providing low-cost subsea interventions include provision of light well intervention services from monohull vessels using riser or riserless technology.
This session aims to showcase the various technological developments within the industry that hope to avoid or reduce workover, and keep thru-and well intervention costs at a minimum. This year’s workshop also intends to address the growing list of challenges that arise with deepwater interventions.

Session 5: Breakout Session: Subsurface Challenges

Discussion Leaders will be selected to lead a breakout group and attendees will be requested to select their preferred discussion group for the breakout session to maximise the opportunity to interact with other participants.

Wednesday, 20 November

Session 6: Surface and Subsea Facilities

With over 1.35 million sq. km of deepwater sedimentary basins, India is looking for innovative technology to fast-track the E&P activities in this technologically challenging sector. Deepwater E&P business is an ever-evolving industry rising up to complex demands, both in terms of reservoir parameters and operational requirements. With the increasing demand for hydrocarbon resources and depleting resources from onshore and shallow water segments, India is all set to fast-track deepwater development.
This session will look at innovative solutions in surface and subsurface facilities in deepwater which could meet the demanding challenges of the east coast of India across the value chain from engineering services to subsea completions and host facilities. With a large number of fields having varying reservoir parameters, various innovative methods have to be considered to arrive at the optimal development plan. Long step outs, independent developments and tie-in into common facilities along with other possible solutions would be of interest to operating companies in the region. Product evacuation by pipelines, various installation methods of pipelines and improved flow methods including subsea processing would also be of interest. In addition, the subsea controls and the integration of the same with host facilities and emergency response systems required for safe operations, will also be covered in this session.

Session 7: Life Cycle Management

The business of deepwater projects involves complexity, uncertainty and changes which need to be managed cost-efficiently and safely throughout the life cycle. It is a challenge for the project managers to identify, understand and manage each of the component risks and implement right solutions, and the asset managers to operate the critical infrastructure more safely, reliably and efficiently to be successful in the long run.
This session will discuss the strategies employed for managing the risk during the various phases from concept to commissioning and during operation, and the strategies for maintaining the integrity and performance of the assets. The session would also explore the issues related to compliance with the legal requirements of safety, health, environmental performances and how improvements can be made through enhanced design, asset reliability and focused operational controls.

Session 8: Project Management

Offshore projects are becoming larger, more complex and venturing into ever deeper waters. As this trend continues, project management evolves from overseeing relatively simple, small to medium-sized operations, to effectively managing billion dollar organisations in their own right. This session will cover the step change required to meet these challenges, and lessons learned from large EPIC projects around the world. It will also focus on key elements specific to forthcoming mega projects in India and how the industry can prepare itself to successfully meet these challenges with regard to the project management skill sets required.

Session 9: Breakout Session: Project Management

Discussion Leaders will be selected to lead a breakout group and attendees will be requested to select their preferred discussion group for the breakout session to maximise the opportunity to interact with other participants.