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E&P Leaders Gather for Arctic Technology Conference

Participants in the opening plenary panel were, from left, Lars-Erik Aamot, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway; Wafik Beydoun, chair, OTC Board, IOGP; Peter Noble, chair, 2018 Arctic Technology Conference Program Committee, Noble Associates; Sara Longon, North Slope Science Initiative, Alaska; Sudhir Pai, Schlumberger; and Doug Trask, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

More than 250 industry leaders involved in Arctic E&P gathered for the 2018 Arctic Technology Conference recently in Houston. Supported by the Offshore Technology Conference’s network of scientific and professional societies, the conference provided a platform for collaboration among colleagues, vendors, and academia to reveal innovations, solutions, ideas, and emerging technologies for both onshore and offshore activities in the Arctic basins.

The conference presented a highly specialized program that included more than 70 technical presentations, six panel discussions, and four topical breakfasts and luncheons.

The Distinguished Achievement Award ceremony recognized the major technological, humanitarian, environmental, and leadership contributions of an individual and an organization. Due to his contributions and accomplishments in the industry, Kenneth Bird was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals. As a petroleum geologist, Bird led assessment teams to produce a series of scientifically sound, methodologically rigorous, and policy-neutral products widely accepted in Alaska and the global Arctic regions. Since the 1980s, Bird has been at the forefront of resource-assessment projects that have been executed by the US Geological Survey. The National Research Council (NRC) of Canada was presented the Distinguished Achievement Award for their involvement in the development of Arctic tools and technologies. For more than 60 years, NRC Canada has provided regulatory, operational, and engineering design support to clients.

There is a Future in the Arctic

The current economic and business environment is challenging to conduct safe and environmentally friendly hydrocarbon exploration and development in the Arctic. However, the Arctic continues to be a region of close observation to use relevant technology, respecting local requirements, and be ready for a time when we see a step up and acceleration of activity.

In spite of a reduction of E&P activity in the Arctic, this conference continues to attract interest for several reasons:

  • It is by far the premier event focused on the Arctic, not just E&P but also mining, shipping, logistics, environment, and, most importantly, the local people and communities.
  • It is a platform for the passionate community to meet, network, and present quality technical papers. The 2018 event attracted 103 abstracts, which translated to 70 presentations split into 12 technical sessions. Six panel discussions, and four topical breakfasts and luncheons focused on current themes with specific regional focus from the Chukchi (US), through Beaufort, (Canada), through Barents (Finland and Norway) seas.
  • Exhibiting companies showcased their latest products and innovations to specialized decision makers focused on finding unique solutions for successful operations in this area.
This was the sixth OTC Arctic Technology Conference to be held. For more information, visit www.otcnet.org/arctic.

E&P Leaders Gather for Arctic Technology Conference

Sudhir Pai, SPE, Schlumberger, and Vice Chair, 2018 OTC Arctic Technology Conference Program Committee

01 April 2019

Volume: 71 | Issue: 4

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