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Paul Barnes, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. U.S. – Canada Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum, November 13, 2012

Paul Barnes, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. U.S. – Canada Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum, November 13, 2012

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Current Research Challenges and Priorities to Support Northern Offshore Oil and Gas Activity Current Research Challenges and Priorities to Support Northern Offshore Oil and Gas Activity Presentation Transcript

  • Current Research Challenges and Priorities toSupport Northern Offshore Oil and Gas Activity Paul Barnes Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers U.S. – Canada Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum November 13, 2012
  • Physical Challenges to Northern OffshoreDevelopment● Low temperatures● Sea ice (including extreme ice features up to 30M thick)● Icebergs and/or ice islands● Ice scour of the seabed● Permafrost and icing● Seabed hazards, including gas hydrates and shallow gas● Winter darkness (particularly for high latitudes)● Weak soil and seabed conditions
  • Holistic Challenges to Northern OffshoreDevelopment● Economic● Technical● Human factors● Regulatory● Socio-economic● Environment● Geopolitical
  • R&D Plays a Vital Role● Fills gaps in knowledge and understanding, technology & methodology and training requirements● Researchers need to consider this multi-dimensional environment● Solutions that focus on multiple development facets are most favored
  • R&D Roadmapping● Successful approach in order to focus efforts  Literature review  Arctic scenario development  Industry vetting  Other stakeholder vetting● CCores Centre for Arctic Research and Development - Arctic Development Roadmap● Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)● PRNL/RDC
  • Top Priority Issues – Northern Offshore R&D● Top 10 Categories● Highest priority issues identified; organized into Essential three tiers:  Top tier – Essential issues that must be addressed for development to proceed Ice Ice Loads Barriers to Management and Mechanics  Middle tier ‐ highly important Development issues where R&D can reduce substantial fundamental gaps and Station-Keeping Environmental uncertainties in Ice Characterization  Bottom tier ‐ highly important Offshore Safety Hydrocarbon Export Significant impact issues for which technological and EER Technologies on future solutions exist; advancement could development significantly influence future Arctic Drilling Simulation and Dredging and development Training Trenching Source: CCORE
  • Conclusion● Hydrocarbon development in Northern regions presents significant challenges● Roadmapping good for identifying issues and setting priorities● Concerted efforts in key R&D areas will present the greatest opportunity for industry wide impact● Collaboration among all stakeholders is crucial