Learning To Be Lean in the Subsea Sector
Marilyn Tears has already made her mark in the offshore energy sector as senior project manager for the ExxonMobil-operated Julia deepwater development in the US Gulf of Mexico, which is expected to start production this year.
Julia was discovered in 2007, and, with an estimated 6 billion bbl of oil in place in the Walker Ridge area of the US Gulf of Mexico, the field is being developed at an investment cost of more than USD 4 billion. The initial development phase includes six wells tied back subsea to the Chevron-operated Jack/St. Malo semisubmersible floating production unit.
After that challenge, in April 2015, Tears took on a new role as safety, security, health, and environmental manager for ExxonMobil. It is that health, safety, and environmental (HSE) perspective that she will share at this year’s Underwater Technology Conference in Bergen in June. The conference theme will be Lean Subsea—The Way Forward.
“How we manage and lead health, safety, and environmental issues sets the stage for how we manage all other aspects of business in the subsea sector,” Tears said. “We often see HSE as a predictor of cost, schedule, and quality performance. HSE can serve as a bonding point for establishing relationships that lead to higher levels of trust and teamwork in every part of the business. This is why excellence in HSE is important through the entire life cycle of subsea projects.”