Presentation Follows Execution Phase of Major Capital Project With Eye Toward Safety Assurance
On 21 August, SPE will present the webinar “Major Capital Projects—Increasing Safety Assurance in Construction, Load Out, Transportation, Installation, Hookup, and Commissioning” for free, coinciding with a live presentation in Houston by Steve Frampton, construction and commissioning manager for Marathon Oil’s Global Projects Organization. The presentation, sponsored by SPE’s Gulf Coast Section, and Webinar begin at 1300 hours EDT and will last approximately 75 minutes.
The challenges and opportunities facing operators planning major capital projects in today’s oil and gas environment include turnkey contracting strategies, global supply chains, evolving technologies, increasingly stringent regulations, competition for scarce resources, and inflationary pressures, to name a few. These factors have the potential to affect personal and process safety performance, directly or indirectly, throughout the project’s lifecycle.
The implementation of a formal stage-gate project management system and decision quality process is critical to alleviating project risks; assuring operational excellence; and improving constructability, operability, and maintainability of the future asset. By way of example, this presentation will examine the execution-phase activities of an offshore major capital project, from design and engineering through to construction, installation, hookup and commissioning.
Frampton has worked for more than 30 years in international offshore developments and production operations. He joined Marathon Oil in 1981 and supported the design, engineering, construction, offshore hookup, and commissioning of the Brae North Sea platform complex, enabling an initial production rate of approximately 100,000 BOPD from each platform.
After the North Sea project, Frampton joined the design team in Houston for the Sakhalin 2 project (100,000 B/D) before relocating to South Korea for the construction and onshore commissioning phase. He eventually served as offshore installation manager on Sakhalin 2. Frampton’s next project involved the management of construction activities of the Marathon Equatorial Guinea Production onshore gas facility (950 MMSCFD/70,000 B/D) on Bioko Island in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. At the end of the construction phase, he stayed with the project, becoming operations superintendent. In 2006, Frampton relocated to Gabon as operations manager for Marathon’s Tchatamba offshore assets. In 2010, he joined the Marathon Norway Operations group for a short time before moving back to Houston. The last 4 years have seen Frampton work on new projects for Kurdistan and Equatorial Guinea. His current assignment is the new Alba Compression Platform (950 MMCFD), offshore Bioko Island, which will be field-commissioned in 2016.
Frampton holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) and completed an indentured apprenticeship with Rolls Royce Limited (Aero division) in the UK.