Ultra-Deepwater Technical Advisory Committees

RPSEA's Ultra-Deepwater Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) 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. The UDW TACs are open to the all RPSEA members and the public. 

There are a total of six UDW TACs, which are listed below. 

Drilling, Completions and Interventions 
Goal is to improve deepwater drilling operations.

Environmental, Safety and Regulatory & Metocean 
Focus is safety barrier testing and validation criteria, environmental and regulatory impact of emerging technologies, deepwater produced water management, the studying 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. This committee also works and communicates with leading industry organizations, such as the OOC, API, NOAA and others. Goals include improving safety and environmental compliance in all E&P technical areas, securing regulatory compliance as needed for technical advances, and improving knowledge and modeling capabilities of the GOM circulation for more accurate facility design criteria and reduced downtime during deepwater drilling operations. 

Floating Facilities and Risers & Systems Engineering 
Goals are to further technology and fill gaps related to deepwater floating systems and their associated moorings and risers and to analyze existing and/or potential technology gaps in systems and other cross-functional designs and processes. The focus is on improved design and analysis methods, mooring and riser integrity management, field development concepts optimization for improved economics, impact of proposed technologies on field development and grand challenge – cross-cutting projects.

Flow Assurance 
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.

Geosciences & Reservoir Engineering 
Goals are to examine trends, develop and optimize techniques, technologies and tools that overcome geoscience and reservoir engineering challenges, while avoiding areas in which participants have competitive concerns. The focus includes subsalt imaging, reservoir characterization and development, fluid characterization, economics, high pressure/high temperature, geo-mechanics, appraisal, reservoir surveillance and production.

Subsea Systems  
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.