The April issue of Oil and Gas Facilities features in-depth articles about decommissioning activities in the Gulf of Mexico and how a systems-wide engineering approach to facilities design helps in the planning for initial startup.
Ian G. Ball, SPE, Technology Director, Intecsea (UK)
Last year, we reviewed some of the more-prominent examples of how the industry continues to respond to the need for safe and cost-effective production facilities in ever-more-challenging environments. We also highlighted the increasingly important role that constructive collaboration can play in facilitating the desired outcomes for all parties.
This year, we illustrate how this same theme of constructive collaboration has been applied effectively at the other end of an offshore facility’s life span, in the major decommissioning program for the Frigg field. Most of us are very familiar with the term offshore hookup, but soon we may become equally familiar with what offshore “hookdown” really involves.
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Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT/JPT Online Staff Writer
Subsea completions tied back to platforms have allowed marginal fields to be put into production, but maintaining that production long enough to reach the industry average for recoveries is an unsolved problem. A small group of companies are working to change that.
John Sheehan, JPT Contributing Editor
BP is ramping up its West of Shetland operations with the UK government approval to push ahead with the second
phase of its giant Clair field development, Clair Ridge. Plans to redevelop the Schiehallion and Loyal fields with a new floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSO) are also gathering pace.
Hisham Saadawi, SPE, Vice President (Engineering), Abu Dhabi Company, Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)
Every year, SPE organizes more than 30 conferences worldwide. Critical issues of current interest to the oil industry are reflected in the SPE papers presented at these conferences. When selecting papers for this feature, I was not surprised that many papers deal with topics related to safety in facilities design and to asset integrity.