Speaker opportunities at Technical Sessions!

Have a look at the twelve challenges in need of solutions below. If your company has the technology to solve any of these problems, you have a chance to show the world at our new Technical Sessions.

Starting Friday 18 December, interested parties can submit their suggestions for technology presentations for the ONS 2016 Technical Sessions. The deadline is 2 February. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

We are currently working on the programme, this will be published by the end of May.

The Technical Sessions Committee has identified twelve challenges which need improved or new technological solutions to meet the new market reality. See the list below – or use the menu to the left to go to the topic of your interest.

Companies, organisations and individuals who believe they can contribute with technical solutions within these topics are invited to submit a short, written presentation of their technology/solution to the Technical Sessions committee by 2 February 2016.

Rules for submission

  • Any submitted presentation must have been signed off and approved by the company’s management.
  • The presentation should be no longer than 300 words. Please include name and title of speaker/presenter.
  • The presentation should be submitted to as a Word-document. Put the number and title of the topic in the “subject” field.
  • The text must be about the solution and its relevance to the topic – not a company presentation or a sales pitch.
  • The presentation should not be longer than 15 minutes
  • The presentation can be published by ONS 2016, and by submitting it, companies agree to that.
  • ONS 2016 will choose which presentations to use. All presenters will be contacted by 1 May 2016.

Good luck!

1. Technological quantum leaps: learning from, and cooperating with, other industries

The offshore petroleum industry has something to learn from other industries that have lived with lower margins over time, and which have introduced new competencies and technologies to become more productive. Sharing knowledge and solutions across industries could lead to incremental improvements and have the potential for the development and adoption of radical solutions and cutting edge technologies. The petroleum industry’s challenge is to identify the right technologies. Topics may include:

  • Space technology
  • “Smart cities”
  • Healthcare industry
  • Mining
  • Big data
  • Gaming technology
  • Others

2. Innovative subsea technology to meet the new market reality

The new market reality demands a new and innovative approach to subsea field development, where lean and efficient concepts form the basis for future field architecture. A “life of field” focus is required to meet lifting cost requirements. Topics may include:

  • New models for technology development cooperation
  • Optimising field layout of new and existing fields
  • Electrical subsea solutions
  • One-slot templates
  • Rigless interventions
  • Subsea compression
  • Subsea factories
  • Standardisation of subsea equipment
  • Cost-efficient subsea installation

3. Innovative greenfield solutions

The future outlook for the oil and gas industry, together with the present market situation, calls for radical changes in how we unlock new developments on the NCS. This is important not only for operators, but for the entire industry. Innovative greenfield solutions will need to draw on the best talent at our disposal in order to deploy technology and innovation in smart ways. Topics may include:

  • Environmentally sustainable/energy-efficient solutions.
  • New approaches to standardisation which generate robust solutions at low cost.
  • Leveraging opportunities from other industries such as automation and unmanned operations.
  • Connecting greenfield developments to existing installations/infrastructure.
  • Deployment of frontier technologies to create ‘game changer’ developments.

Integrated solutions for new developments which account for the full asset lifecycle from exploration to abandonment.

4. Cost-effective brownfield modifications

Utilisation of existing infrastructure to develop new, smaller fields in mature areas often requires modification to host installations. Modifications are complex, as space, weight and personnel on board capacity is limited, and they are often carried out on installations in production. Topics may include:

  • 3D animations/models to allow better planning and design
  • Retrofit metering
  • Gas handling/compression
  • Water handling
  • New vs. old equipment – e.g. control systems, safety systems
  • Regulatory challenges: old vs. new
  • Work environment standards

5. G&G: Unlocking the hydrocarbon potential – the role of technology and concepts

Unfolding the subsurface resource potential is continuous learning from play concepts, prospects, discoveries and production. The tools and methods are the same throughout the process, but volumes of data are increasing.  Advances in effective data collection, processing and modelling are key, as well as a conceptual approach. Topics may include:

  • Broadband 3D seismic step changes
  • PRM (Permanent Reservoir Monitoring), OBC (Ocean Bottom Cable) and 4D
  • Online data acquisition in wells from exploration to production
  • Model integration and increased efficiency during updating
  • Field analogues as a crucial input to UNIS
  • Field development of clustered discoveries
  • Integrated diverse sea bottom mapping

6. Drilling from vessels

Meeting drilling cost challenges, the industry has in some cases substituted rigs with light intervention vessels using CT (Coiled Tubing) technology for pilot wells, thereby saving the more expensive drilling rigs for the main activity. Considerable savings have been reported and experiences of this concept should be presented. Can this approach/concept be extended to include other parts of well construction, like running wellheads and setting conductors? Topics may include:

  • Site survey with geological sampling
  • Pilot well drilling
  • Expanding the scope
  • Issues (flexibility/weather)

7. LWD technology for maximum draining of reservoirs

A number of wells drilled are less than optimally placed for maximum reservoir drainage, neither in the short-term nor life of field (LoF) perspective.

New, existing technology can ensure maximum pay zone exposure through optimal placing of the well for both strategies, further utilising technology to reduce the number of wells required. There is a need to document these successes and define the potential increase. Topics may include:

  • Maximum pay zone for each well
  • Using LWD (Logging While Drilling) for optimising the production string/strategy
  • Using LWD data and modelling to reduce the number of wells for full drainage
  • Updating of reservoir model through LWD

8. Making P&A operations more efficient and less expensive

Between now and 2030, more than 7000 offshore wells are planned to be permanently plugged and abandoned (P&A) in the North Sea region, 4600 of which are on the UKCS *1) and 2500 on the NCS*2) According to Norsk Olje- og Gass (NOG), the average time spent on P&A operations is 35 days per well. How can we reduce that time, through technology development, conceptual changes or implementation of “best practice”? Topics may include:

  • Testing and verification of well barriers
  • Casing recovery systems
  • Milling and circulating systems
  • Well-bore plugging and isolation tools
  • Effective slot recovery
  • Criteria for selection of well-bore and concept

*1) (Oil & Gas UK, October 2014)
*2) (Øia/Spieler, UiS /NPD/Ptil, May 2015)

9. Barents Sea drilling challenges

At a number of locations in the Barents Sea, there are unique challenges for well construction not normally seen further south in the North Sea region: in some areas, karstified carbonates represent unique challenges both in exploration and development drilling. In others, targeted reservoirs are located at extremely shallow depths. Topics may include:

Drilling challenges in karstified carbonates

  • Sealing of karstified carbonate caves
  • Maintaining well integrity through karstified carbonates

Horizontal drilling and geometrical challenges in shallow reservoirs

  • Well-bore stability
  • Well design and control
  • Production from shallow reservoirs

10. Safe and cost-effective field development solutions for the Norwegian Barents Sea (“blue Arctic”)

The Norwegian Barents Sea will bring opportunities for major oil and gas production in the future. Although the areas opened for petroleum activities are the so-called “blue Arctic”, i.e. ice-free, the lack of light during winter and climatic aspects have to be addressed under the highest of HSE standards. To realise the opportunities, cost-efficient solutions are needed that address the challenges and the expectations. Topics may include:

  • Field architecture
  • Flow assurance requirements for low temp, low pressure fields
  • Winterisation
  • Energy management
  • Efficient and secure logistics solutions

11. Cost- and energy-efficient production, operation and maintenance of mature assets

70-80 percent of NCS production today comes from mature fields. These are characterised by marginal profits as a result of declining production and increased costs. Improvements in technology are drivers for safe and energy-efficient operations and production optimisation. Topics may include:

  • Cost- and energy-efficient production strategies
  • Standardisation for more effective maintenance and operations
  • Handling of produced water
  • Monitoring and reduction of environmental impact
  • Improvement of compressor technology and operations
  • Optimisation of maintenance programmes
  • Condition monitoring
  • Inspection techniques and tools
  • Wireless detection and communication
  • Maintenance/logistics systems

12. Extension of field life

More and more installations in the North Sea are reaching, or have reached, their design life. Technology developments, better understanding of the subsurface and systematic maintenance, have allowed these installations to extend production beyond their original design life. How can we maintain safe and cost-effective operations of assets installed many years before today’s technology and regulations were developed? Topics may include:

  • Flexible risers and subsea equipment
  • Control systems
  • Structural integrity
  • Pipes and pressure vessels
  • Repair vs. replacement
  • Best practice for life extension applications
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