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Early Reservoir Appraisal Utilizing a Well Testing System

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2501-02 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Oct. 20, 2009 End Date: March 31, 2011
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Keith Millheim
Subcontractor: Nautilus International, LLC
Project Objectives:

This project will define appropriate cost-effective systems for testing deepwater reservoirs to avoid the use of expensive production and storage facilities or Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs). It  will build a database on deepwater GOM reservoirs, the tests to be conducted, equipment for testing, and provide software written specifically to assess alternative equipment and estimate costs for conducting specific tests. The project team will review eight alternative approaches, determine their Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), identify technology gaps, and prepare a conceptual design for a practical, effective, low cost system. The team will also evaluate the various GOM deepwater reservoirs to identify well testing facilities capabilities required to achieve a successful reservoir tests.

Advanced Steady-State and Transient, Three-Dimensional, Single and Multiphase, Non-Newtonian Simulation System for Managed Pressure Drilling

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2502-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Oct. 19, 2009 End Date: April 18, 2011
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Wilson Chin
Subcontractor: Stratamagnetic Software, LLC
Project Objectives:

Fully predictive accurate pressure profiling methods along general well paths will be developed by solving rigorous mathematical models that do not bear the limitations of ad hoc assumptions implicit in mean hydraulic radius, slot flow, multiphase empirical correlation and like approaches. The project objective is to bring state-of-the art models that exceed commercial capabilities and their newer counterparts to Managed Pressure Drilling planning to provide an integrated software platform for the entire circulation system that will set new industry standards.

Ultra-Deepwater Resources to Reserves Development and Acceleration Through Appraisal

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2701-03 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2010 End Date: May 31, 2014
RPSEA PM: Bill Head Principal Investigator: Sanjay Srinivasan
Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project is to facilitate the development of ultra-deepwater resources by developing techniques to assess the connectivity characteristics of deepwater sediments based on analysis of reservoir analogs, reservoir databases, and a reservoir model for a mature reservoir. A key focus will be the development of guidelines for acquisition of additional reservoir information (e.g., well tests) using value of information concepts. Additional objectives are to prove that geologic models can be developed based on appraisal data that are robust in capturing the reservoir characterization that impacts actual dynamic reservoir performance and to determine the level of details that can be obtained from well test data alone.

GOMEX 3-D Operational Ocean Forecast System Pilot Project

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2801-02 Project Status: completed
Start Date: March 11, 2010 End Date: July 31, 2014
RPSEA PM: Don Richardson Principal Investigator: Christopher Mooers
Subcontractor: Portland State University
Project Objectives:

The general objective is to demonstrate a well-validated operational 3-D modeling system that produces timely, accurate forecasts, nowcasts, and hindcasts of currents across the GOMEX..

Ultra-Reliable Deepwater Electrical Power Distribution System and Power Components

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2901-01 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Nov. 24, 2009 End Date: Nov. 19, 2015
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Rixin Lai
Subcontractor: GE Global Research
Project Objectives:

1286409The project goal is to design an electrical power transmission and distribution (T&D) system that will enable subsea oil and gas production for a deepwater field development scenario; it includes designing, building, and qualifying critical components in a system demonstration to advance their Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). In Phase I, the Modular Stacked Direct Current (MSDC) system will be assessed against existing subsea T&D solutions, and critical building block components to enable the technology will be identified. In Phase II, four components will be designed, developed, and qualification tested using a demonstration system.

Technologies of the Future for Pipeline Monitoring and Inspection

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2902-02 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Feb. 12, 2009 End Date: Dec. 30, 2011
RPSEA PM: Don Richardson Principal Investigator: Michael Volk
Subcontractor: The University of Tulsa
Project Objectives:

The objective of the University of Tulsa project is to provide a system for monitoring and maintaining deepwater pipelines which would predict and allow proactive measures to be taken to avoid the problems associated with pipeline fouling or plugging or other deleterious conditions in the pipeline. Preferred technologies to be recommended would be lower cost conventional technologies and those with improved safety or data quality that would reduce risks of plugging flow lines.

Wireless Subsea Communications Systems

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2902-03 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2010 End Date: Dec. 30, 2011
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Dan Sexton
Subcontractor: GE Global Research
Project Objectives:

This project explored the limits and capacity of wireless communications for subsea operations using radio frequency (RF) conduction, which is proven to work over short ranges and various conditions through seawater at relatively high data rates. Recent advances in modulation and channel coding should allow communications through conduction to be highly robust and viable without the limitations of other more commonly used techniques. The goal was to show that RF conduction presents a viable mechanism for communications through saltwater. It involves optimizing the transmitter and receiver design and placement as a function of channel used, and testing and verifying data collection to determine performance characteristics.

Replacing Chemical Biocides with Targeted Bacteriophages in Deepwater Pipelines and Reservoirs

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2902-04 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 21, 2010 End Date: Feb. 20, 2012
RPSEA PM: Don Richardson Principal Investigator: Neil Summer
Subcontractor: Phage Biocontrol, LLC.
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project is to evaluate the use of bacteriophage, or phage, the natural viral predators of bacteria, in a focused approach to reduce the agents of microbially influenced corrosion of from the production wellhead to the refinery including pipelines. Phage are highly specific to their target bacteria and are harmless to any other cells, or non‐targeted bacteria. Phage targeting problem bacteria can be injected at the head of the pipeline for long term biological control, thus reducing the environmental impact by negating the use of biocides for bacteria control.

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Enumerating Bacteria in Deepwater Pipelines in Real-Time at a Negligible Marginal Cost Per Analysis: A Proof of Concept Study

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2902-06 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2010 End Date: March 31, 2013
RPSEA PM: Don Richardson Principal Investigator: David Fergenson
Subcontractor: Livermore Instruments Inc.
Project Objectives:

The objective of the project is to provide improved evaluation technology for identifying microbially‐influenced corrosion caused by bacteria producing iron sulfides that accumulate and block pipelines. Livermore Instruments will develop BioAerosol Mass Spectrometry (BAMS) technology to provide real time bioassays and conduct a laboratory demonstration of the enumeration and quantification of sulfate‐reducing bacteria (SRB) in real time, and determine the threshold application of sodium hypochlorite required to neutralize SRB in vitro.

Fiber Containing Sweep Fluids for Ultra-Deepwater Drilling Applications

2008 Ultra-Deepwater

Project Number: 08121-2902-07 Project Status: completed
Start Date: Jan. 5, 2010 End Date: Jan. 4, 2012
RPSEA PM: James Pappas Principal Investigator: Ramadan Ahmed
Subcontractor: The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma
Project Objectives:

The project objectives are to improve the understanding of (drilling fluid) fiber sweeps, develop fiber sweep systems that improve hole cleaning in UDW drilling operations, minimize hole cleaning related problems, develop models and correlations to predict fiber sweep performance and optimization, recommend fiber sweep best practices, reduce drilling costs and improve operational safety, and develop sweep technology that minimizes the impacts of drilling on the natural environment. The study will deliver formulations of stable fiber containing sweep fluids, an experimental database describing hole cleaning performance of fiber sweeps, correlations and mathematical models that are useful for designing and optimizing fiber sweep applications, and recommendations and guidelines for field operations.