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Final Commissioning and Initial Startup

10 – 11 February 2015

San Antonio, Texas | Omni La Mansion del Rio

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 10 February

SESSION I: Compressor Startup

Chairs: Howard Duhon, GATE Inc.; Scott Wells, Audubon Field Solutions

This session addresses mechanical, process, and control issues that make the initial startup of centrifugal compressors difficult. The focus of this session will be case studies featuring problems encountered during difficult startups.

SESSION II: SubSea and Surface Preservation

Chairs: Libby Sanford, Nalco Champion; Anna Dhuet, Baker Hughes

As the energy sector cost increases, endangering the viability of project expansion, reliability and integrity have become the focus of our industry's engineering culture. This session focuses on preservation approaches for facility startup.

SESSION III:  Equipment Testing, System Integration Tests, Factory Acceptance Tests, and Performance Acceptance Tests

Chairs: John Occhipinti, Cetco Energy Services; Jorge Garduno, GATE Inc.

Equipment testing, system integration tests (SIT), factory acceptance tests (FAT) and performance acceptance tests (PAT) are critical project activities that if properly planned and executed can minimize commissioning and startup issues and help get to first oil or first gas safer and faster.  Conducted before taking kit offshore, these tests can help identify potential issues with equipment that may otherwise not be detected until the kit is installed.  Project team should strive to maximize testing conducted onshore to minimize startup and commissioning delays offshore.

SESSION IV: Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security Concerns

Chairs: Ron Bosch, Athlon Solutions; Xandra Turner, Cetco Energy Services

Environmental, health, safety, and security issues are vital in the design, construction, commissioning, startup, and operation of any facility. This session will focus on information and discussion of these issues as they are experienced in the commissioning and startup phase of oil and gas projects. The session will include presentations and discussion by operators and regulatory representatives.

Wednesday, 11 February

SESSION V: Export Lines

Chairs: Tom Carter, Marathon;  Xandra Turner, Cetco Energy Services

Export lines, whether oil or natural gas, are an integral part of startup and commissioning activities. This session will focus on valuable lessons learned from recent export line commissioning activities and target best practices for drying gas lines, prior to gas buy-back, and commissioning oil lines with buy-back oil or facility production. The session will also address export line startup, and how chemical contaminants and/or natural gas liquids effect downstream processing.

SESSION VI: Flow Assurance and Well Flowback

Chairs: Martin Price, Chevron; Ron Berger, Manatee Inc.

Managing flow assurance risks is an important part of the commissioning and startup of subsea wells in deepwater. This session will focus on sharing lessons learned and best practices from previous projects with respect to flow assurance as well as the planning and execution of the associated activities during well tie-in, commissioning, and initial startup of the well. Considerations during the well cleanup as they relate to the infield subsea equipment, topside processing, and downstream pipelines will also be included.

SESSION VII: System Startup on Oversized System

Chairs: Gee Williams, Halliburton; Scott Folse, Baker Hughes

The industry is challenged in the initial startup as low flow conditions are dramatically below design parameters. Valves, control systems, and infrastructure are often designed for 100K barrels or more fluid handling capacity. How do these valves operate in a 500 barrel flow rate? This session will address the early low-flow stages when acceptable seepage may be insufficient to maintain control. Discussions will address challenges others have faced when operating outside of the design envelope, and the mitigating strategies that have worked, that did not work so well, and potential solutions not tried.

SESSION VIII: Interactive Open Discussion

Chairs: Jep Bracey, BHP Billiton; Howard Duhon, Gate, Inc.

The final session of the workshop will be an audience-driven discussion. Topics of discussion will be selected by the attendees. This will be a high-energy, interactive session.