Offshore West Africa returns to Nigeria

Offshore West Africa, the region's premier technical forum focused exclusively on West Africa's offshore oil and gas industry is scheduled for Jan. 24-26, 2012, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.

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This year's theme is 'Deepwater Technologies for West Africa' 

Offshore West Africa, the region's premier technical forum focused exclusively on West Africa's offshore oil and gas industry is scheduled for Jan. 24-26, 2012, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Offshore West Africa Conference and Exhibition provides an annual forum that addresses the technical, environmental, and business challenges associated with the oil and gas exploration and production industry within West Africa. With the full support of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC), the conference provides a unique networking opportunity for attendees to share technology and address issues with experts in their respective fields.

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OWA 2011 in Accra, Ghana, attracted more than 1,100 attendees from 37 countries.

For the 16th edition, the conference program will consist of two and one-half days of two concurrent tracks of technical sessions. The sessions will focus on topics such as subsea technology, well construction and drilling operations, field development, floating production, flowlines and pipelines, geosciences, and local content, based around the conference theme of "Deepwater Technologies for West Africa."

The conference and exhibition officially opens on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Nigeria's distinguished Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has been invited to deliver the keynote address.

Formatted as an extension to the opening plenary, an Operators' Perspectives session comprises senior managers from some of the top international operating companies in the region. Among those invited to participate include BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Tullow Oil, and Total.

Tuesday Sessions

Session 1 begins at 17:00.

Track 1, Local Content 1, will be chaired by Nosa Omorodion, Schlumberger; and Simbi Wabote, SNEPCo (invited).

Presentations include:

  • Boosting Participation of Indigenous Firms in Drilling and Completion for Nigerian Deepwater Development: USAN Deepwater Development Experience, Eng. Jude Atebe, TOTAL E&P
  • Building Local Capability: SNEPCO Deepwater Pipelines Systems, Engr. Daniel Adebola, SNEPCo.

Track 2, Subsea Technology 1, will be chaired by Monday Otabor, Addax Petroleum (invited); and Philippe Bonneau, Technip.

Presentations include:

  • Wet Park of Subsea Well Jumpers, Chiwuike Amaechi, SNEPCo.
  • Autonomous Shutdown Valve for Subsea PLEM Valves, Brian Ennever, Paladon Systems.

Wednesday sessions

Session 2 begins at 9:30.

Track 1, Well Construction and Drilling Operations 1, will be chaired by James Ibe, Mobil Producing Nigeria, subsidiary of ExxonMobil; and Anthony Abolarin, Total E&P Nigeria.

Presentations include:

  • Systematic Approach Used to Optimize Frac-Pack Completions in Multilayer and Low Stress Contrast Environment Encountered in the Usan Field, Martin Prada, Chevron
  • Deepwater Intelligent Well Completion: Case Study of an Installation Failure in Usan Project, Unwana Bassey, Total E&P Nigeria.

Track 2, Field Development 1, will be chaired by Francis Alabo Ogaree, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.; and Leonard Quarcoopome, Tullow Oil Ghana Ltd.

Presentations include:

  • Mitigating Development Risks in Deepwater Projects Through Production, Engr. O. J. Okwudiri Uzoh, SNEPCo.
  • The Failure and the Emergency Repair of an FPSO Mooring System, Omotunde Akinwale, SNEPCo.

Session 3 begins at 11:30.

Track 1, Geosciences, will be chaired by Engr. I. G. Okafor, Nigerian Petroleum Development Co. (invited); and James Ibe, Mobil Producing Nigeria, subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

Presentations include:

  • Integrated Reservoir Modeling of Bonga SouthWest/Aparo 692 Reservoir, Peter Obidike, SNEPCo.
  • Multi-Resolution Analysis of Seismic Data Using Continuous Wavelet Transforms: A Case Study from Niger Delta Nigeria, Dr. Adekunle Abraham Adepelumi, Obafemi Awolowo University.

Track 2, Subsea Technology 2, will be chaired by Theo Ahwireng, Ghana National Petroleum Corp.; and Rajan Batra, Chevron International Exploration & Production.

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Theo Ahwireng, manager geophysics, Ghana National Petroleum Corp. and 2011 advisory board chairman, greets attendees.

Presentations include:

  • Maximizing Field Tieback Opportunities, John Shaw, First Subsea
  • Subsea Wellhead Capping Deployment During an Intervention on a USAN Well Development, Jerome Lucas, TOTAL.

Session 4 begins at 14:00.

Track 1, Local Content 2, will be chaired by Sammy Ojigbo, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

Presentations include:

  • Local Content Development – Closing Opportunity Gaps, Akin Osuntoki, Richardson Oil and Gas Ltd.
  • Nigerian Content Act and the Insurance Industry: One Year After, Adekunle Ahmed, Guaranty Trust Assurance Plc.

Track 2, Flowlines and Pipelines, will be chaired by Akin Odumakinde, DeltaAfrik (invited); and Richard Taylor, DNV.

  • How Advances in Diverless Pipeline Repair Technology Made it Possible for an Operator to Save Field Development Costs, Edgar Keijser, Oil States Industries Inc.
  • Dead Leg Management, Emhodumhe Ikhenebome, National Engineering and Tech Co. (Subsidiary of NNPC).

Session 5 begins at 16:00.

Track 1, Well Construction and Drilling Operations 2, will be chaired by Cletus Egbuzie, ExxonMobil Corp.; and Pierre Nouama, PETROCI.

Presentations include:

  • Expandable Liner Hanger Technology Provides Increased By-Pass Area and Reduces Equivalent Circulation Density During Installation: Case Histories, Daniel De Clute-Melançon, Halliburton
  • Coring Point Selection Using 'Resistivity at Bit' Technology: A West Africa Successful Case History, Luca Magini, ENI Ghana E&P Ltd.

Track 2, Field Development 2, will be chaired by Adeyemi Suara, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Co. Ltd.; and Akin Osuntoki, Richardson Oil & Gas Ltd.

Presentations include:

  • Subsea Processing, A Holistic Approach to Marginal Field Development, Engr. Nimi Abili, Cameron
  • Maximizing Value Through Smart Wells in Deepwater Developments, Engr. Ebenezer Ageh, Shell Nigeria E&P Co.

Thursday panel discussion

Regional Local Content starts at 9:30, and will be moderated by Ernest Nwapa, executive secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board. Panelists include Zenith Bank, invited; Andrew Badoo, director of administration, Ghana National Petroleum Corp., invited; and Emeka Ene, vice president, Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).

Concluding program

The conference program concludes at 12:00 on Thursday with the Conference Chairman's Closing Remarks presented by Francis Alabo Ogaree, general manager, International Venture Opportunities, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., followed by the Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks, presented by David Paganie, conference director, PennWell Corp.

Exhibitors

Expected exhibitors include: Asbury International Ltd., Atlantic Bluewater Services Ltd., Belzona Polymerics Ltd., Damagix Group, Dantussynergyn Oil Ghana Ltd., EMS Ship Supply & Seven Seas Shipchandlers, EPIC Atlantic, FLIR Systems, Furmanite, Geoplex, Halliburton, Hull Inspections/Hull Engineering, Hydratight Ltd, Interspiro AB, Kamag Transporttecknik GMBH & Co. KG, Kay Global Ltd., Makon Engineering & Technical Services Ltd., Mansfield Energy, Modec Inc., Nestoil, Nicolas Industrie S.A.S., Nigerian Society of Engineers, NOV ASEP Elmar-UK, OCO, Oil and Gas Freezone Authority, Oil Review Africa, Oilserv Nigeria Ltd., Oiltest, Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Petrolog, Pipeline Professionals Association of Nigeria, Q-SHE Ltd., Radial Circle Group, Redwise Maritime Services B.V., Richardson Oil & Gas, Ropetec, Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik GMBH, Senacare, Shell Nigeria E&P, SPX Hydraulic Technologies, Tecon Oil Services Ltd., Tilone Subsea Ltd., TOTAL, Wachs Subsea, LLC, and Weafri Well Services Ltd.

Media sponsors include:Offshore, Oil & Gas Journal, Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Oil, Gas & Petrochem Equipment, and PennEnergy.

For additional information or to register for the conference, please visit the website athttp://www.offshorewestafrica.com/index.html.

New awards program

Offshore West Africa has announced the inclusion of the Offshore West Africa Awards within the 2012 conference and exhibition.

The Offshore West Africa 2012 Awards include individual, corporate, technology and academia awards, and will be presented at Offshore West Africa on the final day of the conference and exhibition. Winners will also be announced on the Offshore West Africa website and within Offshore magazine.

The Academia Award is for individuals or institutions within academia who have contributed to the offshore industry, by providing solutions, reports, case studies, and technological advancements within West Africa.

For the Corporate Award, the company must demonstrate a unique or significant achievement in West Africa. Categories include, but are not limited to, services related to the design, construction, and installation of drilling and production facilities and equipment; project execution; leadership; community service; development of young professionals; resolution of challenges; and special consideration to health, safety, and environment.

The Individual Award is one where a candidate must demonstrate a unique or significant achievement in West Africa. Categories include, but are not limited to, services related to the design, construction, and installation of drilling and production facilities and equipment; project execution; leadership; community service; development of young professionals; resolution of challenges; and special consideration to health, safety, and environment.

The Technology Award will be judged in four main areas. These include well construction and drilling operations, subsea technology, floating production systems, and flowlines and pipelines. To be considered for this award, the nominated technology must meet four key criteria, which are that it must be new and innovative, proven, health, safety and environmentally conscious, and must be relevant to the West African region.

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