Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition opens March 6

Offshore oil and gas industry professionals from around the world will gather March 6-8, 2012, for the annual Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition at the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

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Offshore oil and gas industry professionals from around the world will gather March 6-8, 2012, for the annual Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition at the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

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The sold-out exhibit hall floor has grown over the last 10 years into the largest subsea technology event in the world. More than 3,000 attendees are expected at this year's forum and exhibition.

"This event, in its 12th year, brings to the industry the most current technology and real-life solutions used to meet the challenges of offshore oil and gas field development and operations," said Mark Peters, vice president/group publisher,Offshore magazine, the media sponsor for the PennWell Corp. event. "The forum and exhibition hall alike give attendees the opportunity to network with each other, ask questions, share knowledge, and compare best practices. It draws the best and brightest of the industry."

As in the past, only by participating as a full conference delegate will attendees be able to gain access to the technical sessions. No proceedings will be published, no record is allowed, and media representatives are not allowed in the conference sessions. The Subsea Tieback Forum is presented as a closed forum to encourage free exchange of experiences and to promote open discussion for the maximum benefit of all attendees.

Tuesday, March 6, will feature a one-day seminar sponsored by Aker Solutions on "Key Elements of Subsea Tiebacks (SURF)" conducted under the auspices of the Society of Underwater Technology. There is a separate cost to attend this seminar. The day-long event has four sessions plus an update on intelligent well interface standards.

Wednesday program

The Opening Plenary Session starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, will feature Stan Bond, vice president of Developments, Offshore Americas & West Africa, for Hess Corp., as the keynote speaker. With more than 30 years of experience focused on the Gulf of Mexico shelf and other deepwater projects, Bond oversees the facilities development at Hess' assets, specifically in Equatorial Guinea and the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining Hess in February 2011, Bond served as BP's project general manager, Floating Systems Program, for the company's deepwater developments organization. While at BP, he was accountable for the engineering and execution of the Macondo Capping Systems.

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The Subsea Tieback Forum Opening Plenary Session starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, will feature Stan Bond, vice president of Developments, Offshore Americas & West Africa, for Hess Corp., as the keynote speaker.

Peter D. Kinnear, recently retired chairman of the board for FMC Technologies Inc., will give the scene setting presentation. Kinnear was appointed chairman of the board of FMC Technologies in October 2008. He also served as president from February 2006 through March 2010 and as CEO from March 2007 through March 2011.

After the Plenary, Session 1 features presentations on Subsea Systems: Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance. Speakers include Marvin Beckmann of BP, discussing Wet Park and Change-Out of Manifolds, BP Thunder Horse Project; Derek Miller of Chevron speaking on Subsea In-Situ Tree Repair; and Sergio Porciuncula of Petrobras America Inc. presenting on the Cascade/Chinook-Riser Incident: Resuming Production.

Session 2 will include presentations on Jack St Malo Subsea Pumping by Daniel Broussard of Chevron, Subsea Gas Compression at the Åsgard Field by Pål Hedne of Statoil, and Subsea Sampling - Putting the Concept into Practice by Charlie Tyrrell of Shell.

Session 3 features presentations on Subsea Technology Verification and Validation and includes Mandi Winter, ExxonMobil Development Co., speaking on Subsea Separation Qualification for the Global Portfolio; Mike Alford, Chevron, presenting on Subsea Power Design Issues/Technology Gaps/On-going Equipment Qualification; and John Bednar, BP, speaking on Industry Specifications for Subsea Equipment – API 17 Spec Series.

The alternate presentation for the session is on Current State of Qualification Testing for the Subsea Market by Kerry Kirkland, Stress Subsea Inc.

Thursday program

Thursday morning, March 8, opens with Session 4: Flowlines and Risers. Presentations include Shenzi Water Injection by Will Mack of BHP Billiton, AUT NDE Qualification Process for Risers and Flowlines by Troy Weidner of ExxonMobil Development Co., and Global Performance of Free-Standing Hybrid Risers Connected to FPSOs in the Gulf of Mexico by Craig Masson of RiserTec Inc.

The alternate presentation for Session 4 is on Pile Foundations for Flowlines (PFF) by Gary Harrison of BP.

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More than 3,000 industry professionals are expected at this year's Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition March 6-8 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.

Session 5 will feature presentations on Flow Assurance. Speakers include Dr. Siva Subramanian of Chevron Energy Technology Co. presenting on Flow Assurance Design vs. Operation: Blind Faith in Deepwater GoM, Dr. Masoud Hajiaghajani of Chevron speaking on Direct Electrical Heating for Subsea Tiebacks, and Mike Stratton of Hess Corp. speaking on Out of the Box Engineering – Comparing Concept Level Flow Assurance Models to Field Data.

Session 6, which focuses on Lessons Learned, includes presentations on Subsea Trees – Status, Experience, and Selection Drivers by Paul Sommerfield of ExxonMobil Development Co.; Title Benefits of Standardization and other Lessons from the Galapagos Project by George Zener of BP, and Who Dat Lessons Learned by Richard Fowler of LLOG Exploration.

Alternate presentation for the session is Accommodation of Sour Service in Brownfield Operation by Chris Kassner of Chevron.

The program ends at 3 p.m. with the Recognition Awards, iPad giveaway, and Chairman's Closing Remarks by Steve Whitaker of Hess Corp.

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