PF&C: US Shale Play Revolution Impacts on Deepwater Development and Global Energy Landscape

Speaker: Doreen Chin
Speaker Doreen Chin
Dr. Doreen Chin holds a PhD in ME from the University of Houston and is presenlty the VP of Systems and Operability Solutions at Subsea Engineering Technologies (SET), LLC. Doreen discovered the “turning angle” phenomenon (1997) in phase-change heat transfer and multiphase flow in a thin channel relating to the ...

Dr. Doreen Chin holds a PhD in ME from the University of Houston and is presenlty the VP of Systems and Operability Solutions at Subsea Engineering Technologies (SET), LLC.


Doreen discovered the “turning angle” phenomenon (1997) in phase-change heat transfer and multiphase flow in a thin channel relating to the cooling mechanisms in a nuclear reactor's central core. She was confered to a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2010.


Doreen has over 30 year experiences in the oil and gas and power generation industries as well as in academia, which includes a long history of working for Shell and service companies. Her experience ranges from technology development, engineering design, research, transient and steady-state multiphase flow and thermal analysis; safe and cost effective management of flow assurance risks; subsea processing/subsea production system design, to system operability and operation strategies. Her responsibility includes as project FA team lead for various projects (majors/marginal fields; green/brown fields) from Assess, Selection, Define, Execution, to First Oil. She also worked as Surface Engineering Advisor for Shell’s unconventional assets in US.


Doreen has published one technical book and 44 papers. She is the recipient of



  • SPE Outstanding Technical Editor Award, 2014.

  • ASME Dedicated Service Award for Devotion Leadership Performance, 2013.

  • Twice, OTC/ASME Arthur Lubinski Best Paper Award, for 2011 and 2004.

  • ASME - Petroleum Jacobson Best Paper Award for 2001.


Doreen served as the OTC 2014 Program Committee Chair. She also served as the Chair of 2014 ASME - Unconventional and Hydraulic Fracturing Conference. She is serving as Engineering Leadership Board member of Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston.

Full Description

The unconventional play development in the US has unlocked massive shale oil/gas reserves, and is considered the biggest game changer in recent years. The US has become the number one unconventional oil and gas producer in the world. Influenced by the this success, the global unconventional play exploration was very active up to the current market downturn.

This presentation discusses the impact of the US Unconventional Play (shale/tight oil/gas) Revolution on the Deepwater industry, and on global energy landscape. The objective is to explore,

  • What will be the contribution of shale oil/gas to the future global energy landscape?
  • Will high development costs, environmental challenges, and low oil prices impair this contribution?
  • How will the Deepwater industry fare given the impact of low oil prices and the Unconventional Revolution?

The slump in oil prices has obstructed the momentum of the shale revolution and forced the Deepwater industry to reduce the pace of its development. The oil and gas industry is thought to be entering a stormy period. However, the recent movement of unconventional play has allowed several producers to reduce their break-even price to below $40.  This was achieved by focusing on new technologies while pursuing operational excellence. Such trends may potentially trigger a new momentum adn generate what may be said to be  “Shale Revolution 2.0”, which may pose new and even more challenges to the Deepwater industry. Technology development and  operation excellence are key drivers for both Deepwater and Unconventionals when facing long-term low oil prices.

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Organizer Sean Liburd