April 10, 2007


Description

The Arctic Ocean has the potential to produce oil and gas economically.  Although it is a challenging environment, fields could be developed to produce hydrocarbons economically.  Russia’s Sakhalin field is one of the most important field discoveries that can help in preparing the oil and gas industry for the challenges that may be faced in the Artic Ocean.  The Sakhalin field has flow rates that range from 150,000 to 400,000 bpd of oil.  The field lies in water ranging in depth from 50 to    300 m.  During winter, this field has moving ice flows that are 1.5 – 2.0 m thick on the water’s surface.  It is possible that single, multiyear ice ridges exist in between thick ice-sheets.  These ridges can be up to 25 m in height.  Large waves during summer cause the area to be free from ice but the combination of ocean currents and wind create a challenging environment offshore.  In the Sakhalin Island area, earthquakes are fairly common and are yet another challenge to producing hydrocarbons in the field.  Identifying potential floating and fixed concepts for drilling, production, and storage platforms in the Sakhalin Arctic area is extremely challenging and requires expert engineering for successful design.

This presentation addresses the technical challenges involved in using floating production facilities in ice-covered water.  The mechanism of ice-strength and ice-breaking technology utilizing floating vessels as well as the management of ice-ridges will be discussed. Specific application to the Sakhalin Island environment will be covered. The climatology and the ice loading design criteria will be shown. The feasibility and advantages of using floating vessels in ice-covered deepwater will also be addressed.

Please register early online in order to facilitate the Northside study group to better plan and streamline the luncheon. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis. Please arrive early, walk-ins are seated on a first come/first serve basis. Thank You.

Featured Speakers

Speaker Dr. Nagan Srinivasan, PE
Offshore Platform Design Engineering Manager NOV Dr. Nagan Srinivasan has over 20 years of design and engineering experience in the offshore service industry in Houston, Texas and presently works for NOV.  Prior to joining NOV, he was instrumental in developing a conceptual solution for a semi-submersible design for ice covered …

Offshore Platform Design Engineering Manager
NOV

Dr. Nagan Srinivasan has over 20 years of design and engineering experience in the offshore service industry in Houston, Texas and presently works for NOV.  Prior to joining NOV, he was instrumental in developing a conceptual solution for a semi-submersible design for ice covered waters that is suitable for Sakhalin Island projects.  He has also developed a dry-support semi-submersible for GOM and a Jacket SPAR concept for offshore West Africa and offshore Far East Asia deepwater.


His areas of specialization are structural mechanics, hydrodynamics, ice mechanics, and ice management areas of offshore technology. He has several publications and currently holds four U.S. patents for offshore vessel solutions in ultra-deepwater applications.


He holds a BSME from Anna University, India, MS (Ocean Engineering), IIT Chennai (India), and PhD (Ocean Engineering), MUN, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

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Organizer

Jason Baihly


Date and Time

Tue, April 10, 2007

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Location

Greenspoint Club

16925 Northchase
Houston, TX 77060