SPE Subsea Well Intervention Symposium 7 - 9 Aug 2018 Galveston Island Convention Center Galveston, Texas, USA


Tuesday, August 07

11:00 - 18:30
12:30 - 17:30
Training Course: Introduction to Well Intervention Control Systems
Ticketed Event

This course will provide participants with an overview of Intervention Work-Over Control Systems and equipment.

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to IWC Equipment, Operations, and Architectures
  • Introduction to Christmas Tree (Xtree) Types
  • Introduction to Control Systems
  • Concepts and Definitions
  • Surface Implementation Methodologies
  • Subsea Control Module/Assembly
  • Data Communications
  • Process Sensors
  • Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  • Case Study Scenarios


This course comes at no charge and is included with your conference registration. However, due to limited space, you must select 'Training Course' as an option upon registration. Registration is first come, first served.

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17:30 - 19:00
17:30 - 19:00
Opening Welcome Reception Exhibit Hall B

Enjoy hors d'oeuvre, drinks, and refreshments, courtesy of our welcome reception sponsor, Baker Hughes, a GE company.

Wednesday, August 08

07:30 - 18:30
08:00 - 09:00
08:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 10:00
Keynote Speaker: Scott A. Angelle, BSEE Grand Ballroom A-B
Speaker(s) Scott A. Angelle, BSEE

Scott A. Angelle is Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Department of the Interior. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the regulatory oversight and enforcement of energy industry operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. He joined the bureau on May 24, 2017, following more than 30 years of reforming agencies and organizations in both the public and private sectors. His career is characterized by a strong desire to achieve results that lead to greater success for the organizations he leads.

Most recently, he served as Commissioner, District II, Louisiana Public Service Commission, an elected position he held from 2013 – 2017. As a member of the PSC, he was responsible for serving the public interest by assuring safe, reliable and reasonably-priced services for public utilities and motor carriers. He also served as a member of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and a member of the board at Sunoco Logistics Partners LP.

10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:10
Session 01: Regulatory Grand Ballroom A-B
Session Chairpersons Thomas Meyer, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Colin Johnston, SeaNation

The optimization of costs and procedures for subsea well operations within the boundaries of regulatory requirements is a challenge for operators and service providers. It is vital to align and assess new techniques and technologies within those requirements. All stakeholders must ensure they are in agreement with the methods and applications.

This session will provide the opportunity for open and frank discussions from experts involved with regulatory framework application including BSEE and third-party SMEs covering risk, commercial impact, and methods of alignment across regulators and industry parties. Understanding the engagement methods, as covered in this session, is key to successful application of operations.



Ray Tommy Oskarsen, Add Energy

Ovierview of Offshore Operators Committee (OCC) Subsea Leak Detection Work Group

Greg Southworth, OOC - Offshore Operators Committee

API 17G Design and Manufacture of Subsea Well Intervention Equipment 3rd Edition - Update 

Mike Byrd, Byrd Energy Services 

Using Wild Well's "Deep Range" Tool for Annular Isolation 

Joe Savoy, Wild Well Control, Inc.

12:10 - 13:20
13:20 - 15:00
Session 02: Subsea Well Intervention Case Studies in the Gulf of Mexico Grand Ballroom A-B
Session Chairpersons Hakan Eser, Schlumberger; David Brown, Opex Integrated Management

This session will present recent examples on different subsea well interventions in the Gulf of Mexico, including well stimulation work done from vessels of opportunity, riser-based work, and IRS systems deployed from drill ships.

These case studies will describe the use of subsea intervention equipment and vessels through non-traditional means while showing a common thread.



15K Intervention Riser System 

David Morris, OneSubsea - Subsea Services Alliance 

Deepwater Well Integrity Restoration

Michael Blackman, Shell

Q-5000: A Case Study in Modular Design

Lucy Pettitt-Schieber, BP

A Unique MSV-Based Coiled Tubing Intervention was Performed to Remediate Asphaltene Buildup in a Flowline

Galen Hebert, Halliburton

15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:10
Session 03: International Intervention Case Studies Grand Ballroom A-B
Session Chairpersons Jason Dahlem, Hess; Matt Lewis, TechnipFMC

This session will focus on subsea intervention operations that have been executed in global production basins around the world.  Local requirements and restrictions, as well as equipment and personnel availability can make operations in these environments challenging.  Emphasis will be placed on presenting and discussing these challenges and the associated solutions which were used to ensure successful intervention operations in these secluded conditions. 



Deepwater Decommissioning: What the O&G Industry Could Learn from the Pioneer PETRONAS Subsea Temporary Well Suspension Project in Mauritania

Nicole Koong Xin Yi, Syah Imran Mohamad, Petronas Mauritania

Case Study from Deep Water West of Africa: One Multipurpose Workover System

Kristian Stadsøy Grjotheim, Aker Solutions

Case Studies from Asia-Pacific: 2 Integrated RLWI Campaigns in Australia 

Ryan Schmidt, Technip FMC

A New Era for Subsea Well Intervention in Brazil  and Innovative Integrated Tension Frame Enhances both Safety and Efficiency for Subsea Intervention Vessels in Brazil 

Daniel Stuart, Helix

Alternate - Innovative Hydraulic Intervention using Patented Flow Access Technology - Case Study

Ryan Sangster, Enpro-subsea

17:10 - 19:00
Networking Reception Exhibit Hall B

Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres during this networking reception. Cash bar.

Thursday, August 09

08:00 - 09:00
08:00 - 13:30
08:00 - 13:30
09:00 - 10:00
Keynote Speaker: Emeka Emembolu, BP Grand Ballroom A-B
Speaker(s) Emeka Emembolu, BP

Emeka Emembolu is BP's Gulf of Mexico Vice President for Reservoir Development.  Emeka has a degree in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Sheffield. He joined BP in 1998 as an offshore Production Engineer on the ETAP field during the start up of the asset.

During his 20 years with BP, Emeka has worked in a range of Petroleum, Reservoir Engineering and leadership positions on assets in the UK (offshore and onshore), Angola, Central Function, Alaska, Egypt, Algeria and his current role in the Gulf of Mexico.

Key leadership roles he has held in his career include VP, Reservoir Development - North Africa; VP, Reservoir Development - Functional Performance, and Manager Base Management - Alaska.

Emeka currently lives in Katy, Texas with his wife Bethany and their four children.

10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Panel Session: Are we getting ‘Bang for the Buck’ from Subsea Interventions? Grand Ballroom A-B
Moderator(s) Matt Weinstock, Shell; Mike Galiunas, BP


  • Neil Crawford, Oceaneering
  • Derek Newberry, Shell 
  • Barney Paternostro, LLOG Exploration 
  • Rafael Ramirez, Chevron
  • William Turner, WoodMackenzie 

This panel session will bring together stakeholders from various aspects of the Subsea Well Intervention segment to discuss their drivers and tactics in the face of alternative investment options in the current commodity price environment, an over-supply of rigs and vessels, and balancing well integrity responsibilities versus production gains opportunities. 

Ready to ask your questions? Email Rosario.

All questions will be submitted to the moderators.

12:10 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:00
Knowledge Sharing ePosters Lobby Upstairs

Innovative Hydraulic Intervention using Patented Flow Access Technology - Case Study

Ryan Sangster, Enpro-subsea

Open Water Riser Gap Analysis Methodology Saves Time, Minimizes Cost and Mitigates Risks

Mike Trevathan, Chevron

14:00 - 15:40
Session 04: High Pressure Operations and Issues Grand Ballroom A-B
Session Chairpersons Ray Stawaisz, Chevron; Brian Skeels, TechnipFMC

This session will discuss the latest life of field advances and obstacles to progress HPHT subsea projects.



 20Ksi Landing String Development for Ultra-Deep Environment 

Jiju Ninan, Schlumberger

Independent Third Party (I3P) Review of HPHT Product Development, an OEM perspective

Srinivas Badam, TechnipFMC

HPHT Subsea Equipment Design – Understanding Operational Limits 

Matt Vaclavik, Chevron ETC

Evaluation of 15,000 psi Differential Pressure Rated Equipment for HPHT Applications in Gulf of Mexico

Ryan Carlyle, Chevron

15:40 - 16:10
16:10 - 17:50
Session 05: Application and Optimization of New Technology in the Well Intervention Space Grand Ballroom A-B
Session Chairpersons Alex Lawler, Llog Exploration; Dan Vela, Oceaneering

With deepwater activity showing signs of recovery, it is critical to discuss not only working “lower for longer”, but also “smarter for longer.”  This session will drive the discussion around the application and optimization of new technologies in the well intervention space. 

The session aims to cover:

  • Explanation and advantages of new technology, assessing the problems to solve and improvements.
  • Cost of adoption, including resources such as time and money.
  • Sustainability - How does the solution drive “smart for longer” strategies?
  • Current regulatory considerations and possible additional engagement 



Thru Tubing Sand Control Failure Remediation with the Use of Fiber Optic Coil Tubing, High Expansion Packers, and Topsides Processing System on a CAT-B unit 

Ryan Anderson, Shell

Scale Removal Using Electro-hydraulic Technology

Steve Petten, Blue Spark Energy

Technical Development of Subsea Intervention Skids

Chris Hill, Nicole Marino, Oceaneering

Intervention Riser Operability and Mitigation Actions Improve Reliability, Safety and Efficiency during Loop Currents

Michael Long GE, BP

17:50 - 18:00
Closing Remarks and Best Presentation Award Grand Ballroom A-B

Join us to recognize the best presentation of the 2018 SPE Subsea Well Intervention Symposium. The program committee chairs will announce the winner during this session.