Offshore Asia returns to Kuala Lumpur

Jan. 31, 2012
Operators are increasingly looking to offshore Asia for opportunities to supply the world’s energy demand, and several new projects are being developed in the region.

Jessica Tippee, Assistant Editor

Operators are increasingly looking to offshore Asia for opportunities to supply the world’s energy demand, and several new projects are being developed in the region. Total capital expenditures in the region are expected to exceed $90 billion during 2011-2015, a 55% increase from the previous five-year period, according to Infield Systems Ltd.

Malaysia, the site of Offshore Asia 2012, requires the highest percentage share of the estimated capex allocated to all major offshore producing nations in the region. To help meet demand, the Malaysian government is opening up new investment opportunities to enhance output from existing oil and natural gas fields and to advance exploration in deepwater areas offshore Sarawak and Sabah. The target is to increase aggregate production capacity by 5% per year through 2020.

For all these reasons, Offshore Asia is proud to return to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 21-23, 2012, at the state-of-the-art KLCC Convention Centre. In 2010, the event drew a record 5,025 attendees from 63 countries.

The Offshore Asia Conference and Exhibition provides an annual forum that addresses new technologies, regional trends and challenges, and the opportunity to see the latest in offshore equipment, products, and services.

With the support and endorsements of the Geological Society of Malaysia, the Sabah Oil & Gas Contractors Association, and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp., the conference provides a unique networking opportunity for attendees to share technology and address issues with experts in their respective fields.

The open plenary session on Wednesday Feb. 22 will feature a welcome and introduction by David Paganie, conference director, and chief editor ofOffshore. Chen Kah Seong, head, Petroleum Engineering Division, Petronas Development & Production, will deliver the keynote address.

Will Rowley of the Acteon Group will present an upstream outlook: Examination of Key Market Drivers, Influences and Trends; and Atsunori Takeuchi, chief representative of Asia Pacific Regional Office for Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., will provide an LNG outlook.

For the seventh edition, the conference technical program will consist of an exploration and production technology track, and an LNG track.

Wednesday sessions

Session 1 begins at 11:30.

Track 1, Well Construction and Drilling Operations, will be chaired by Ben Lim, Schlumberger Malaysia; and David Paganie, PennWell Corp.

Presentations include:

  • A Concept of Drilling Deepwater Wells with Riser Margin and a Greatly Simplified Well Design, Robert Ziegler, Petronas Carigali
  • Geopressure Prediction Using Artificial Intelligence Modeling for Pre-Drilling Operations, Haravinthan MS Arumugam, Talisman Malaysia
  • 13 3/8-in. Riser-less Subsea Casing Drilling Campaign, A Step Change in Tophole Drilling Performance, Andrew Harris, Tesco Singapore Pte Ltd.

Track 2, LNG Outlooks, will be chaired by Warren True, Oil & Gas Journal.

Presentations include:

  • Major LNG Liquefaction Projects in the Asia Pacific, Stuart Traver, Gaffney, Cline Associates
  • How Asia Pacific LNG Industry is Going to Play a Key Role in the Global Arena, Sumit Kumar Chaudhuri, GlobalData
  • The Role of Flexible Trade in Meeting Asian LNG Demand, Chris Holmes, Purvin & Gertz Inc.

Session 2 begins at 14:30.

Track 1, Pipelines and Transportation, will be chaired by Rodney Silberstein, ARV Offshore Co. Ltd.; and Geoff Stone, Penspen Ltd./Andrew Palmer & Associates. Speakers in this session will discuss umbilical design, pipeline decommissioning, and oil spill risks.

Presentations include:

  • The SoftClamp System, a New Power Umbilical Design for Medium Voltage Cables, Arild Figenschou, Aker Solutions
  • Pipeline Recovery and Decommissioning Offshore Brunei and Sarawak, Mark Wood, First Subsea Ltd.
  • Collision and Oil Spill Risks in DP Shuttle Tanker Direct Offloading Operations, Dr. Haibo Chen, Lloyd’s Register Scandpower.

Track 2, LNG Panel, will be chaired by Dan Rogers, King & Spalding, Singapore.

Session 3 begins at 17:00.

Track 1, Production Optimization, will be chaired by Mads Hjelmeland, Framo Engineering Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd; and Geoff Stone, Penspen Ltd./Andrew Palmer & Associates. The speakers will address several key challenges for offshore E&P activities.

Presentations include:

  • Design, Implementation and Evaluation of an Open Hole Gravel Pack in Kikeh Field Deepwater Malaysia, Scott Crowder, Murphy Oil Corp.
  • Improved Reservoir Monitoring to Evaluate a Marginal Offshore Well within a Multidisciplinary Team, Sri Khresno Pramboeidi Pahlevi, EMP Malacca Strait
  • Looking at Convective Heat Transfer in Tubing Casing Annulus of Offshore Oil Wells Through the Lens of Well Integrity, Engr. Mohd Amin Shoushtari, Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

Track 2, LNG Design, will be chaired by John Sheffield, WIGLOX LNG Consultancy, London. Here, FLNG production and classification will be addressed, and the latest developments in LNG plant design will be discussed.

Presentations include:

  • Development of Floating LNG Production Units with Modular/Scalable SMR Processes, Robert Germinder, Black & Veatch Corp.
  • Guidelines for the Classification of FLNG: What Have Been the Most Demanding Lines of Development For These Guidelines, Jose Esteve, Bureau Veritas
  • Offshore GBS LNG Liquefaction Plant Design and Layout Challenges for a Mid-Scale LNG Plant, Peter Lardi, WorleyParsons Services Pty Ltd.

Thursday sessions

Session 4 begins at 9:00.

Track 1, Subsea Technology, will be chaired by Tony Findlay, Fluor Offshore Solutions; and Mads Hjelmeland, Framo Engineering Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. Key subsea issues will be addressed, including multi-phase pumping, gas compression, and manifold technology.

Presentations include:

  • Subsea Multiphase Pumping, Issues and Challenges, Engr. Samuel Ogbodo, Manpower UK
  • Subsea Wet Gas Compression – A State of the Art Update, Mads Hjelmeland, Framo Engineering Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd
  • Subsea Multi Manifold Technology – A System Approach to Enhanced and Cost Effective Subsea Production, Rudisham Marjohan, Framo Engineering Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd.

Track 2, LNG Processing Issues, will be chaired by Warren True, Oil & Gas Journal. This session will examine FLNG options, liquefaction technology, and topside plant design.

Presentations include:

  • Pretreatment Options for Floating LNG Plants, Engr. David Farr, UOP Malaysia, SB
  • Liquefaction Technology and Equipment Selection for FLNG Projects, Mark. J Roberts, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Introducing Flexibility into FLNG Topside Plant Designs, Vince Atma Row, Johnson Matthey Catalysts.

Session 5 begins at 11:30.

Track 1, Floating Production Systems, will be chaired by Will Rowley, Acteon; and Joseph H. Rousseau, ABS Pacific. Topics discussed here will include field development alternatives, semisubmersible designs, and mooring systems.

Presentations include:

  • A Comparative Review of Floating Production and Drilling/Production Field Development Alternatives for Offshore Asia, Dr. Neil Williams, Wison Offshore & Marine USA
  • Next Generation Semisubmersible Design for Southeast Asia Environment, Dr. Allan Magee, Technip
  • Production and Mooring System for Marginal Fields, Douglas Davidson, Moorings Systems Ltd.

Track 2, Liquids and LNG Storage,Participants will discuss LNG prices, ways to enhance revenue, and storage capacity.

Presentations include:

  • Condensate: Revenue Insurance for Uncertain Future LNG Prices, Al Troner, Asia Pacific Energy Consulting
  • Enhancing Revenue by Processing Associated Gas Condensate Rather than Mixing and Selling Stabilized Condensate with Crude Oil - A Case Study, Subhajit Das, Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd.
  • Optimizing Storage Capacity at LNG Import Terminals, John Sheffield, John M. Campbell & Co.

Session 6 begins at 14:30.

Track 1, Riser Technology, will be chaired by Geoff Stone, Penspen Ltd./Andrew Palmer & Associates; and Dr. Gregory Chiu, Asian Institute of Technology. The focus here will be on riser and SCR design, and riser tower innovations.

Presentations include:

  • Riser Configurations for Challenging Deepwater Asian fields, Henri Morand, Technip
  • SCR Design and Analysis for Deepwater Applications, Dr. Yongming Cheng, Richtech International Engineering
  • An Innovative Riser Tower System, Jim Yu, Intecsea, WorleyParsons Group.

The conference program concludes at 16:00 with an Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks presented by David Paganie, conference director, PennWell Corp.

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