RPSEA TACs serve in an advisory role to RPSEA's Ultra-Deepwater Program. The role of the TACs is to identify current technology gaps and define the specific R&D efforts needed to address these gaps. Those that serve on the TACs are subject matter experts, who study and apply ultra-deepwater technologies in real field situations. The TACs provide a bottom-up, end-user-driven program.
The eight TACs are: Geoscience, Flow Assurance, Subsea Facilities, Floating Facilities, Drilling & Completion, Reservoir Engineering, Systems Engineering and Met-Ocean. Please see below the definitions of each.
The Geoscience TAC's goal is to develop and optimize techniques, technologies and tools that enable us to overcome geoscience challenges, including subsalt imaging, reservoir characterization, fluid characterization, economics, high pressure/high temperature, and geomechanics.
The Flow Assurance TAC 's goal is to assure reliable and economic production in deepwater by the appropriate design and operation through prediction, management remediation of deposition and line plugs by focusing on organic, inorganic and solids management.
The Subsea Facilities TAC's goal is to develop technology and qualify equipment to enable the deployment of “subsea facilities for 60 mile tie-backs from 10,000 foot water depth.” Focus is subsea production equipment, subsea processing technology, pipeline, flowline and umbilical technology, and subsea well intervention improvement.
The Floating Facilities TAC's goal is to further technology and fill gaps related to deepwater floating systems and their associated moorings and risers. Focus is improved design and analysis methods, mooring and riser integrity management, and optimizing field development concepts for improved economics.
The Drilling & Completion TAC's goal is to improve deep water drilling operations.
The Reservoir Engineering TAC's goal is to examine trends that are of significant generic interest to the industry, while avoiding detailed reservoir issues where participants have competitive concerns. Focus is field development, appraisal and production, and reservoir surveillance.
The Systems Engineering TAC's goal is to analyze existing and/or potential technology gaps and bringing them to the attention of the committee best suited to carry out further work in the specific technology area. Focus is system impact of proposed technologies on field development, grand challenge projects, and small business initiatives.
The Met-Ocean TAC's goal is to improve knowledge and modeling capabilities of the GOM circulation, which will provide more accurate facility design criteria and reduce downtime during deepwater drilling operations. Focus is the effects of changing weather patterns on hurricane severity, operational 3-D current forecast modeling capable of simulating the loop/eddies, and modeling for strong near-bottom currents.
Break-out sessions will be held both days with presentations from those who currently are working with RPSEA-funded projects. Learn where RPSEA's Ultra-Deepwater Program is and where it is going. Poster sessions will take place during breaks and lunches. A cocktail reception will take place the evening of June 22 for fellowship and networking opportunities.
RPSEA is looking for sponsors for the event, please contact James Pappas at 281-690-5511 for sponsorship opportunities.