ONS Technical Sessions – securing your next business!

A new way of debating the technological challenges facing the industry.  This is your opportunity to showcase your innovative solutions. Deadline expired 2 February.

Challenges – and possible solutions

The Technical Sessions Committee – a selection of the energy industry’s best and brightest – have used their aggregated centuries of experience to identify cost inflating bottlenecks and unsolved challenges through the entire value chain in the North Sea region.

The ONS Technical Committee has identified 16 challenges in need of improved or new technological solutions. We are looking for companies that have technologies or solutions to help solve some of these challenges. ONS invites all innovative companies/individuals/organisations to submit their solutions to the committee. Deadline expired 2 February.

The submitted material will be used to set up the Technical Sessions programme – and the companies behind the selected material are invited to present their technology at the Technical Sessions.


Challenge 1
Technological quantum leaps: how technology changed industries

We look into how other industries have dealt with new challenges; how innovative use of existing and new technologies have helped them survive the transition and achieve their goals. We want to hear from companies in other industries and how technology has changed them for the better. There are bound to be lessons to be learned for the oil and gas industry here.

Topics may include:

  • Car industry
  • Aviation industry
  • Health care
  • Gaming industry / IT
  • Robotics /AI /Autonomy
  • Cyber security, access to data, common data platforms, data lakes
  • Other
Challenge 2
Innovative subsea technology to meet a new market reality

Deeper waters, remote locations and a new market reality requires 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, and solutions need to deliver both better reliability and HSE performance at a lower capital spend.

Topics may include:

  • New models for technology development cooperation
  • Optimising field layout of new and existing fields
  • Optimising subsea communication networks
  • Electrification
    • Electrical subsea products and systems
    • Power transmission and distribution solutions to support ultra-deep water and ultra-long offset subsea electrical systems
  • One-slot templates
  • Rigless interventions
  • Subsea factories
    • Subsea factories concepts – invisible platforms
    • Subsea boosting
    • Subsea gas treatment and compression
    • Subsea separation
    • Raw sea water injection
    • Subsea water treatment
    • Subsea chemical storage and injection systems
  • Standardisation of subsea equipment
  • Cost-efficient subsea installation
  • Condition monitoring (digital)
  • Fault detection and diagnostics
  • Condition based maintenance
  • Threshold for workovers, cat b workovers, LWI – reducing the cost, improving recovery
  • Leak detection
  • Subsea drones for surveillance and leak detection
  • Digitalisation to support subsea technology solutions
  • Efficient use of data in subsea technology
  • Carbon efficiency
  • Other
Challenge 3
Innovative greenfield solutions

Meeting the future demand for energy, means new developments will be necessary. How can we make sure we undertake these in a cost effective and environmentally friendly manner?

Topics may include:

  • UWP (unmanned well platform), NUI (normally unmanned installation), UPP (unmanned production platform), subsea on a stick/subsea on slim legs, lean platform concepts
  • Blue sky concepts
  • Remote operations/ Onshore control rooms
  • Electrification
  • The human factor (-s)
  • Subsea factory
  • New ways of collaborating, new business models, new players
  • Standardisation
  • Gas to liquid technology
  • Cost effective development of small discoveries
  • Other
Challenge 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
  • Obsolescence management
  • Other
Challenge 5:
G&G: Unleashing the hydrocarbon potential

Unfolding the subsurface resource potential means continuously 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 is 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 development of clustered discoveries
  • Integrated diverse sea bottom mapping
  • Improved marine seismic acquisition
  • Other
Challenge 6
Improved concepts for drilling operations

Drilling operations have over the last decade accounted for the lion ́s share of offshore costs, both in production/development and exploration. This session explores new and efficient approaches. Maybe your company’s solution is even better?

Topics may include:

  • Examples from successful operations
  • Gravity gradient sensing (quantum based technology)
  • New cutting-edge concepts
  • MPD (managed pressure drilling)
  • Digital rigs
  • Pad-drilling
  • Drilling efficiency
  • Active monitoring and target setting
  • Standardisation and simplification
  • Learning from other industries
  • Other
Challenge 7
New downhole technologies

What goes on in a well can make or break your project, so real time data – and the ability to react with agility – is key.

Topics may include:

  • Smart wells
  • Downhole data visualisation
  • Real time data acquisition and management
  • Well monitoring
  • Wellbore integrity
  • Composites
  • Other
Challenge 8
Barents Sea opportunities and challenges

The Norwegian Barents Sea brings opportunities for 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 the harsh climate have to be addressed under the highest of HSE standards.

Also, at a number of locations in the Barents Sea, there are unique challenges for well construction not normally seen further south, arising from shallow reservoirs or drilling in karstified carbonates.

Topics may include:

  • Flow assurance requirements for low temp, low pressure fields
  • Winterisation
  • Efficient and secure logistics solutions
  • Production from shallow reservoirs
  • Field architecture
  • Drilling challenges in karstified carbonates
    • Isolation of karstified carbonate caves
    • Maintaining well control through karstified carbonates
    • Alternative drilling strategies (pressurised drilling)
  • Horisontal drilling and geometrical challenges in shallow reservoirs
    • Wellbore stability
    • Well design and well control
    • Relief well drilling challenges and well orientation
  • Production from shallow reservoirs and injection strategies
  • Logistics and emergency preparedness in remote areas
  • Other
Challenge 9
Condition based maintenance

This has been the buzzword for operating fields for some time now, but how do we approach it? Maintenance work starts even before first oil is on deck on greenfield developments. At the same time, we know that 70-80 percent of NCS production comes from mature fields, characterised by marginal profits following 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
  • Optimisation of maintenance programmes
  • Condition monitoring
  • Inspection techniques and tools
  • Wireless detection and communication
  • Sensor technology
  • Standardisation for more effective maintenance and operations
  • Handling of produced water
  • Monitoring and reduction of environmental impact
  • Improvement of compressor technology and operations
  • Maintenance/logistics systems
  • Other
Challenge 10
Extension of field life

An increasing number of installations in the North Sea are reaching the end of their design life. Technology developments, better understanding of the subsurface, and systematic maintenance have allowed these installations to extend production beyond this barrier. 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:

  • Lifetime extension examples
  • Methods for improving operating efficiency (people, systems, automation)
  • Efficient organisational models for late life fields
  • Retention of knowledge
  • Utilisation of wireless technology
  • How digitalisation can support field life extension
  • Risk management in late life
  • Management of safety critical systems and barriers
  • Structural integrity
  • Pipes and pressure vessels
  • Repair vs. replacement
  • Best practice for life extension applications
  • Maintenance strategy for late life fields and life extension
  • Condition monitoring and diagnostics
  • Leak detection – first “sniff”
  • Low cost retrofit solutions
  • Subsea maintenance
  • Flexible risers and subsea equipment
  • Other
Challenge 11
Technological trends in the oil and gas industry

In a world where “digitisation,” “robotics,” “Artificial Intelligence” and “autonomy” are no longer concepts from science fiction, but a dawning reality; where is the oil and gas industry heading? Have we come up with truly disruptive business models, cutting edge technologies; a silver bullet shotgun to our challenges?

Topics may include:

  • Digitisation
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomy
  • Standardisation
  • Unmanned platforms
  • Unmanned drilling
  • Unmanned production
  • Unmanned vehicles
  • Subsurface modelling (fast model update)
  • Other
Challenge 12
Production optimisation

How can we make sure we produce oil and gas in the most efficient way? Maybe your company hold the answers to some of the remaining challenges? Do we still need the production engineer?

Topics may include:

  • Flow assurance technology
  • Intelligent supervision and optimisation system
  • Virtual sensing (including learning from other industries)
  • Regularity
  • De-bottle necking of process
  • Which parts are we optimising?
  • Other
Challenge 13

In the North Sea more than 100 installations/parts of installations are forecast for removal in the next decade, at a cost of more than NOK 170 billion. Compared to field development, decommissioning is a young industry.
How can we use technology and best practices to accelerate the field abandonment learning curve and efficiency gains? How can authorities, operators and contractors deliver safe and environmentally friendly field abandonment at a reasonable cost?

Topics may include:

  • Topside removal
  • Decommissioning of substructure
  • Subsea decommissioning
  • Recycling of platforms and equipment
  • Environmental aspects (onshore dismantling, comparative assessment, etc)
  • Decommissioning strategies/business models
  • Risk management of the decommission projects
  • Contracting strategies
  • Safety and major accident risk in decommissioning
  • Optimised P&A techniques and methods
  • Alternative documentation and verification methods of well barriers
  • Effective slot recovery
  • Criteria for selection of P&A methods
  • Other
Challenge 14
Digitising the upstream industry

The current, challenging market situation demands we embrace digital technologies within the upstream industry to increase efficiency, reduce cost, minimise downtime and optimise performance to remain sustainable.

Digital technologies are already available and extensively used in other industries, as well as midstream transportation, storage and downstream process facilities. We aim to focus on the initiatives, trends, and applicable technologies within the upstream industry as well as specific digital applications in the different areas.

Topics may include:

  • Integrated digital platforms, information sharing, transparency & cyber security
  • Data communication & infrastructure (cloud-based/distributed computing/parallel computing)
  • Digital applications. Experience transfer from other industries
  • Big Data applications
  • Artificial Intelligence based systems
    • Robotic applications

More specific topics may cover applications within the following areas:

  • Seismic analysis, reservoir modelling
  • Digital exploration and drilling (well planning/field development planning/intelligent location of new reserves/automated drilling/real time optimisation etc.)
  • Operational analytics (data management/intelligent modelling and simulation/production planning and monitoring, etc)
  • Field surveillance
  • Automated operations
  • Supply chain: automated planning and operations
  • Integrated Field Planning: digital applications within logistic, planning, execution and resources scheduling
  • Asset life cycle management and optimisation
  • Digital customer services
  • Intelligent decision making
  • Other
Challenge 15
Zero-emission upstream technologies

A stated strategic technology goal from Norway´s OG21 programme is to find, develop and implement zero emission technologies for the upstream oil and gas industry on the shelf. Quote: “Systems and technologies that reduce operational discharges and emissions, improve management of safety barriers and minimise impacts of accidental spills.“

This is where we challenge contractors and others to come up with zero emission technologies for the offshore value chain.

Topics may include:
CO2 storage

  • CO2 use for enhanced recovery
  • Cost-efficient, de-carbonised hydrocarbon upstream value chains
  • Spill-safe loading
  • Emission-safe production
  • Environmentally friendly technologies
  • Other
Challenge 16
Offshore energy management

Cutting carbon emissions and costs are crucial to staying competitive in the future oil and gas market. One area delivering a serious amount of bang for the buck on both issues is energy management in offshore production, and we challenge potential candidates to be smart – even disruptive.

Topics may include:

  • Energy management software
  • Energy saving equipment
  • Energy reducing practices
  • Smart offshore energy production
  • Windmills for offshore energy production
  • Battery technology
  • Other

Speaker opportunities at the Technical Sessions

Delegates to these sessions will learn about the challenges, how far the industry has come in solving them, thus enabling them to see if and where their own product or idea fits in – and meet the key market players at the same arena. If you are interested in presenting at the ONS Technical Sessions, here are some dates* to pay attention to:

November 2017: Challenges and topics presented

December 2017: Application portal opened

2 February 2018: Deadline for applications – submissions after this point by appointment only.

April 2018: Program outline ready!

*Please note that the estimated timeline may be subject to change. To receive notifications about these important dates, please sign up to the ONS Newsletter here.