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

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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

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Holistic Challenges to Northern OffshoreDevelopment● Economic● Technical● Human factors● Regulatory● Socio-economic● Environment● Geopolitical
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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

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