Technical papers and in-booth presentations during OTC highlighted the company's commitment to innovation, research and development with upstream exploration and production.
Aramco’s participation in this year’s annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston reaffirmed the company’s long-term approach with regard to oil and gas exploration and production. Highlighted during the conference were the company’s activities in research and technology development and collaborations having broader impact on the energy industry.
Against the downcycle backdrop of the upstream sector, Aramco’s presence demonstrated to partners, vendors, contractors, and potential candidates that the company is “staying the course” with major offshore projects that support our reputation as the world’s leading supplier of energy.
Visitors to Aramco’s exhibition booth were particularly interested in learning about the company’s announced major projects such as Safaniyah and Wasit. There was also a strong interest in the company’s programs and activities in research and innovation, especially the expansion of the global research centers.
Katherine Hull from the Aramco Research Center – Houston presents "Advances In Production Technology" highlighting work with fracturing fluid and unconventionals.
A technical session devoted to technology and reliability improvements to reduce costs featured the paper “Drilling for the Next Generation of Multilateral Active Completion Systems” from Saudi Aramco professionals in Drilling & Workover and Petroleum Engineering & Development. Presenter Yousif Abuahmad explained that as well architecture has evolved from vertical to horizontal to multilateral so has new drilling processes and design.
Two papers examining ways to address drilling challenges by applying new and novel approaches to drilling fluids and cements were presented by members of the Drilling Technology Team (DTT) from the Aramco Research Center—Houston. B.R. Reddy focused on cement structure with the paper “Cement Strength Retrogression Issues in Offshore Deep Water Applications—Do We Know Enough for Safe Cementing?” and Peter Boul looked at material additives for drilling through shales with the paper “Functionalized Nanosilicas as Shale Inhibitors in Water-Based Drilling Fluids.”
Throughout the conference in-booth presentations featured research in production technology and solutions offered by the Houston-based Offshore Project Management Team (PMT) that are being applied to address corrosive gas and high pressure/high temperatures. A presentation on the history of exploration in Saudi Arabia was given with additional insight into future activities with unconventional gas and offshore exploration.
Saudi Aramco was a sponsor of this year’s Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon that honored offshore industry pioneers and their accomplishments.
Abdulaziz Alturki from the Houston-based Offshore Project Management Team outlines technical challenges dealing with complex offshore gas fields.