decommissioning and data take centre stage at offshore europe 2017

Last week more than 35,000 people visited Aberdeen to attend the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Offshore Europe Conference.

With nearly 200 new exhibitors included on the show floor, and a total of 44 countries represented by those exhibiting, SPE Offshore Europe attracted delegates from 100 countries.

Chaired by Catherine MacGregor, president of Schlumberger’s drilling group, the show featured presentations from leading figures in the industry among 11 keynote panel sessions, dozens of technical presentations, business breakfasts and topical lunches.

Chevron was well represented across the conference with presenters, panelists and moderators including; Greta Lydecker, Chevron Upstream Europe's managing director, Russell Brown, senior reliability engineer with Chevron's Energy Technology Company (ETC), Jonathan Copp, CUE's technology manager and Peter Blake, subsea systems manager with ETC.

Decommissioning was a special focus of this year’s conference with a decommissioning zone technical programme established for the first time. Greta was part of Shell’s keynote panel session with fellow speakers from CNR International, Marine Scotland, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and Heerema Marine Contractors.

Greta commented; “Our session represented a wide range of views from the service sector, operator and regulatory perspective. Chevron’s approach to decommissioning through our Environmental Management Company, established as a centre of excellence to address our global abandonment, reclamation, decommissioning and remediation, was something new for the audience. I was able to specifically focus on some examples from my time working there and stressed the importance of working collaboratively with our business partners to develop new technology and ways of working which can improve the efficiency, value and safety of future decommissioning projects.”

Jonathan Copp, chaired the session focused on ‘data driven decision support’. He said: “Our session presented three papers, each with a different approach to how data has impacted business performance in seismic processing, drilling optimisation and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects. Data, its application and how we leverage it was a strong focus right across this year’s Offshore Europe.

“The consensus was that upstream oil and gas is lagging behind other sectors in the use of data and business intelligence tools to improve performance. There is much we can learn from others as the pace and breadth of applications continues to accelerate and I look forward to seeing how it evolves for Offshore Europe 2019.”

“We are in a position where operators, service companies and other stakeholders need to find new ways of working together to build sustainable business models,” said Catherine MacGregor, SPE Offshore Europe 2017 conference chair.

“Visibility is limited on the timing of market recovery but it is inevitable as the balance of supply and demand eventually becomes tighter. The longer that exploration and production investment stays below production replacement needs, the sharper the recovery will have to be to meet future demands. Now is the time for the industry to reinvent itself to be ready for growth, having answered the cost and efficiency questions exposed during this downturn.”