Posted on Apr 17, 2018
ABS Global Offshore Director Luiz Feijo and ABS Subsea Director John Upchurch represented ABS at the MCE Deepwater Development Conference held in Milan at the Marriott hotel April 9-11.
Organized by Quest Offshore and World Oil and hosted by ENI, the conference brought together delegates from across the industry, top executives, engineers, managers, oil and gas majors, and technology experts to discuss technical issues impacting the deep and ultra deepwater sector, including innovative approaches to managing costs effectively, improving safety and efficiency, and the current market opportunities.
On the opening day, in the session entitled “Technical Solutions for Deepwater Drilling Operations.” Luiz Feijo delivered a presentation on “The Application of HPHT Equipment: Next Steps for the Industry.” The presentation highlighted the challenges of certifying equipment where there are no specific industry standards, and the need for a robust certification management process to support safer use of HPHT equipment. "Classification societies are prepared to execute these important certification activities and are uniquely qualified to maintain the certification management system," said Feijo.
On day two, John Upchurch presented on “Dealing with Un-Inspectable Equipment in the Life Extension of Subsea Facilities.” His presentation provided example projects, discussing actions asset owners can consider to manage life extension of Subsea facilities with fatigue or corrosion sensitive components in un-inspectable situations. “ABS can provide the industry with Life extension support, particularly for risers and pipelines, that are highly dependent on fatigue, through a combination of data review and re-evaluation using production data, vessel motion history and visual (ROV) inspection,” said Upchurch.
MCE Deepwater Development is recognized as a leading conference addressing technical issues related to engineering, development, and production of oil and gas in deep and ultra deepwater arenas around the world.