Representatives from Saudi Aramco and ASC engaged visitors during the 45th Annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in Houston.
—While the company is placing emphasis on portfolio diversification further down the petroleum value chain, Saudi Aramco continued to maintain high visibility and leadership in offshore exploration and production during this year’s annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in Houston May 5-8.
During the opening day technical session “Field Development: Managing Economics and Risks,” Saudi Aramco showcased to the international oil and gas community its Manifa Field mega-project illustrating how innovative solutions and advanced technology can address environmental challenges.
The paper “Saudi Arabia’s Manifa Giant Offshore Field Development: The Role of Technology” featured the design with an emphasis on the solutions for rigless intervention with coiled tubing (CT) stimulation and logging technologies. Simply put, conventional shallow water drill rigs were not an option with the fragile marine environment and 27 man-made drilling islands were created for an onshore drill site above the offshore oil field, according to Shadi Hanbzazah, supervisor, Manifa Production Engineering Unit, and the person representing the team of Saudi Aramco authors along with co-authors from oil and gas service provider Schlumberger.
The presentation, while focused on CT stimulation and logging technologies, provided the larger takeaway message that Saudi Aramco is a leading advocate for environmental stewardship, safety and operational excellence.
Day two of the conference featured another co-authored paper during the “High Pressure/High Temperature Challenges” session titled “Innovative Positioning of Downhole Pressure Gauges Close to Perforations in HPHT Slim Well During a Drillstem Test.” This session attracted many attendees as the topic is timely with many operators worldwide examining new technologies and solutions in this type of environment.
In addition to a strong technical presence, the conference served as the venue to build on business relationships with contractors and suppliers during a time of robust activity offshore. The Middle East continues to be one of the world’s most active offshore regions and visitors to the Saudi Aramco exhibition stand, hosted by U.S. subsidiary Aramco Services Company (ASC), learned about projects, career opportunities, unconventional initiatives and the global research program, which includes Aramco Research Centers in Houston, Detroit and Boston.
“The offshore program is currently experiencing tremendous growth and the execution of these programs is calling for the latest offshore technologies, combined with innovative project management strategies,” said Kwaku Temeng, Director, Upstream, ASC. “This conference offers a global look at best practices and case studies supported by panel discussions and the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with colleagues.”
Throughout the four-day conference, daily booth presentations attracted attendees interested in learning more about topics such as the history of exploration in Saudi Arabia, ASC’s Strategic Sourcing Program, living in Saudi Arabia, R&D centers in the U.S., and regular showings of a new high-definition video highlighting the Manifa Field’s offshore environmental excellence.
As a long-time supporter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), ASC Upstream participated in the society’s “Energy 4 Me” program designed to educate students about the importance of energy in their everyday lives and broaden their awareness of the upstream industry. Groups of students visited Saudi Aramco’s booth on day four, traditionally recognized as “student day” to learn more about the exciting career possibilities in petroleum engineering. SPE is one of the thirteen industry organizations and technical societies that worked cooperatively to develop this year’s OTC technical program.
Groups of students visited the Saudi Aramco booth as ASC Upstream participated in SPE’s “Energy4Me” designed to educate students about energy and careers in petroleum engineering.