HOUSTON — The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) named the recipients of the 2023 Distinguished Achievement Awards on Feb. 2. This year the conference recognizes E.G. "Skip" Ward, PhD for Individual Achievement, Exxon Mobil’s Liza Development project in Guyana for Company Achievement, and Guodong (David) Zhan, PhD for Special Citation.
In addition, OTC highlighted that Liza Phase 1 was one of the fastest projects of its type in the industry, cycling from discovery to production in less than five years, compared to the historical 10-year timeline for projects of this magnitude. Liza Phase 2 then came online about two years after Liza Phase 1. Within eight years of discovery, total production from the Liza Field is approaching 400,000 bbl/d.
Zhan currently leads the advanced drilling tools team at Saudi Aramco to conduct research on the ultra-HP/HT process for diamond synthesis, and he developed the world’s first ultra-strong and catalyst-free PDC cutter. The new cutters have set industry records in wear, impact and thermal performance to create “One-Run-to-TD” drilling technology.
"The awards event is significant in that it not only recognizes the award recipients but also raises funds for a worthy cause and provides an excellent opportunity for industry executives and leaders to network with colleagues from around the globe," OTC stated on its website. "The net proceeds from the awards event are donated to a charitable organization that is in some way connected to the offshore energy sector or the communities where we operate. More than $2 million has been donated to worthy organizations over the last decade."
Recipients will be honored during the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Event Reception on April 30 at the NRG Center in Houston, ahead of the conference May 1-4.