PF&C: World's First Buoyant Tower

Speaker Greg Navarre and Chris Harding
With over 30 years of in-depth experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, Mr. Navarre is well placed to lead as President of Horton Wison Deepwater and as Chief Operating Officer of HortonGMC.  A Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Mr. Navarre ...

With over 30 years of in-depth experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, Mr. Navarre is well placed to lead as President of Horton Wison Deepwater and as Chief Operating Officer of HortonGMC.  A Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Mr. Navarre has held various executive positions within the Wison group of companies, as well as at Global Marine Drilling before that.


A significant portion of Mr. Navarre’s expertise is in domestic and international offshore drilling with particular experience in managing frontier operations in both deep water and the Arctic.  He also has extensive experience in the design, engineering, construction, and international sales of gravity-based and floating platforms.


Mr. Navarre is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Marine Technology Society.  He and his wife are avid sailors, having spent two years cruising the Caribbean and US Atlantic seaboard.


A Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Manchester in the UK, Mr. Harding has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.  Mr. Harding is responsible for business development within both Horton Wison Deepwater and HortonGMC.  He is the founder of Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants which was acquired by Technip in 1988.  Mr. Harding relocated to Houston shortly afterwards and held various executive positions within Technip and its predecessors.


A current member of the board of directors of Gulf Island Fabrication, he was also the President of GL Noble Denton in the Americas before joining Ed Horton’s company last year.  He is a keen pilot and volunteers through the Angel Flight charitable organization to fly financially distressed patients in need of medical help to and from Houston.

Full Description

The world’s first buoyant tower was installed offshore Peru September, 2012 on BPZ Energy’s Corvina field.The buoyant tower is HortonGMC’s proprietary design that is a fusion of proven technology from deepwater cell spars and compliant towers resulting in a bottom-founded structure suitable for water depths up to 300 meters.  Because of the tower’s unique characteristics, it can be easily and quickly installed without the need for an expensive heavy crane vessel.

This presentation will run through the development of the buoyant tower concept and the reasons why it was chosen by BPZ for their Peruvian development.  Because of the interest shown by the industry in this exciting new sub-structure, the basic design is being expanded to encompass new variants with oil storage and variable depth capability — these will be described together with their potential application in the field.  

Organizer SPEGCS Projects, Facilities, and Cosntruction Study Group

Mr. Brad Nelson


832-230-8246 (Mobile)


bnelson@maxoilsolutions.com

When?

Wed, Mar. 20, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. America/Chicago

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Norris Center City Center
816 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 210
Houston, TX 77024
US

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