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Panel: Industry should use downturn as an opportunity to innovate, focus on systems engineering

During the plenary session held on 2 March at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, panelists discussed the opportunities the industry has to become more innovative and creative. From left are David Haas, Deloitte and Touche; Jon Crane, Shell; Bill Kline, retired from ExxonMobil; and Dr Jose Gutierrez, Transocean.

The oil and gas industry is in the midst of a great opportunity – an opportunity to come out of this downturn a better and more innovative industry. Innovation tends to occur when activity is low or flat because the industry has a chance to slow down and catch its breath, said Bill Kline, who recently retired from ExxonMobil after 35 years in the industry. During a plenary session titled “Out with the Old, In with the New,” held on 2 March a the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Mr Kline referenced several innovations that emerged in the industry during the period of relatively low oil prices between the late 1980s and 2000.

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Industrial internet of things enables industry to optimize assets

The industrial internet of things offers the oil and gas industry cost and safety benefits, Whitney Rockley of McRock Capital said in a presentation at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference on 1 March in Fort Worth.

The world is more connected than ever before, Whitney Rockley, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of McRock Capital said at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth on 1 March. These connections are enabled by the continued evolution of the internet and digital technologies. In 2015, 18.2 billion things were connected to the internet. That’s up from 10 billion only three years prior. “The way that we process, analyze and communicate information has been and continues to dramatically change the way that we live our lives and how we work,” Ms Rockley said in her presentation. “The good news is that I think the energy industry continues to undergo constant change, and it continues to reinvent itself.”

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On-the-job training, mentoring among key components in Saipem’s Angolanization Plan

Saipem Angola Branch’s local training center delivered almost 40,000 hours of training from 2011 to 2015, Franco Pandolfi, Senior VP Drilling Operative Coordinator for Saipem, said at the 2016 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 February.

In 2012, Saipem Angola Branch launched the Angolanization Plan, which would transfer know-how from expatriate personnel to Angolan nationals. The effort was in part driven by a tight labor market and by a lack of training centers that could provide local personnel with the necessary skills required to work on Saipem’s high-spec drilling rigs. Further, high operator expectations for performance meant that learning curves normally associated with new projects would not be acceptable in the long term, Franco Pandolfi, Senior VP Drilling Operative Coordinator for Saipem, said at the 2016 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 February.

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Rigorous risk assessment, data-driven approach among keys to success in SIMOPS operations offshore Nigeria

Chevron-PacificTN

To drill a gas-injector well that would support two high-rate producing wells on the Agbami field offshore Nigeria, Chevron and Pacific Drilling decided to conduct two close-proximity SIMOPS drilling and completion operations. More than 80 million barrels of incremental production stood to be gained, but risks had to be identified and mitigated. “One of the things that we agreed upon early was to make data-driven decisions,” Jimmy Jeansonne, Operations Manager Drilling & Completions Operations for Chevron, said in a presentation at the 2016 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on 16 February. He cited this data- and information-driven approach to decision making as one of the critical factors that led to the project’s success.

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Under Operation Phakisa, South Africa hopes to drill 30 exploration wells in next decade

saogaTN

After holding the IADC Drilling Africa Conference in cities such as Paris and Lisbon in previous years, this year IADC took the event to the African continent – in Cape Town, South Africa. Oil and gas drilling is only just starting to take off in this country, but it already stands at the threshold of extensive E&P activities in the next few years, Mthozami Xiphu, Chairman of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA), said in a keynote address at 2016 IADC Drilling Africa on 15 February.

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