The fifth in a series of SPE workshops on subsea processing will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will build on the success of previous workshops held in Oslo in 2010 and Stresa in 2006, 2008, and 2012.
The 2015 workshop will provide attendees with opportunities to:
Since the last workshop several new subsea processing systems have been applied in field developments. The industry has gained more operational experience and we have an increased understanding of the drivers as well as the limitations of subsea processing technology and facilities.
The workshop will address all aspects of subsea processing technology including separation (gas/liquid, oil/water, and sand management), water treatment and injection, single and multiphase pumping systems, gas compression systems, and power transmission and distribution. All these systems require reliable and cost effective monitoring and control systems as well as installation, maintenance and retrieval strategies.
In the last couple of years, our industry has seen a shift from strategic production targets to focus on investment reduction for field developments. Operators are increasingly concerned that in the last 5 to 10 years the investments have surged while production rates have been standing still or have even declined. As we already see operators de-selecting subsea processing concepts, the subsea industry has been urged to change and to improve competiveness by CAPEX reduction and a greater degree of standardization and industrialization. The workshop will provide a forum for presenting ongoing initiatives and discussing how and what we can do to face these new realities.
The SPE Subsea Processing Workshop technical committee is currently working to create an attractive and inspiring program. Hope you will attend and take part in forming the next steps of the subsea processing industry!