RPSEA's Ultra-Deepwater Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) focus on a particular ultra-deepwater technology area. The role of the TACs, with representation from subject matter experts who study and apply ultra-deepwater technologies in real field situations, is to identify current technology gaps and define the specific R&D efforts needed to address these gaps. As such, the TACs provide a bottom-up, end-user-driven program. There are a total of nine UDW TACs. The UDW TACs are open to the public.
The Environmental, Safety & Regulatory TAC focus is safety barrier testing and validation criteria, environmental and regulatory impact of energing technologies, and deepwater produced water management. This committee also works and communicates with leading industry organizations, such as the OOC, API and others.