DOT 2011: Innovative Well Test System for GoM Deepwater Fields

To avoid billion-dollar mistakes, operators with discoveries in the deepwater (~3,000 m) Gulf of Mexico need dependable well performance, reservoir response, and fluid data to guide full-field development decisions.

The following is an abstract of a presentation that will be featured at the Deep Offshore Technology International Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Oct. 11-13:

Michael Choi, ConocoPhillips

To avoid billion-dollar mistakes, operators with discoveries in the deepwater (~3,000 m) Gulf of Mexico need dependable well performance, reservoir response, and fluid data to guide full-field development decisions. Recognizing this, the DeepStar consortium developed a conceptual design for a Mobile Deepwater Well Test and Reservoir Appraisal System (“Well Test System”) to serve as a mobile well test system that is safe, environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

The Well Test System is a dynamically positioned FPSO vessel with a bundled top-tensioned riser with quick emergency disconnect capability. Both oil and gas are processed onboard and exported by shuttle tankers. Oil is stored and offloaded using standard FPSO techniques, while the gas is exported as compressed natural gas. This paper summarizes the technologies, regulatory acceptance, and business model that will make the DeepStar Well Test System a reality.

This presentation will be featured at the Deep Offshore Technology (DOT) Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans. It is scheduled for 4 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 12, in Suite D Room 21 at the Hilton Riverside.

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