OTC ’14: BP among distinguished achievers recognized at annual OTC dinner
BY PRAMOD KULKARNI, Editor
HOUSTON: The Offshore Technology Conference kicked off the celebration of its 45th anniversary with its fourth annual OTC dinner on Sunday, May 4 evening.
Attracting an audience of over a thousand OTC delegates and their guests, the evening function at the Reliant Center recognized distinguished achievers and presented a donation of $250,000 to Medical Bridges, a Houston-based service organization, providing surplus medical equipment and supplies to developing nations around the world.
Harris County Judge Jack Cagle and Houston City Councilman Jack Christie welcomed the international delegates. Christie inducted all of the delegates as honorary Texans by getting them to recite the local phrase, “Hot dang! Tell you what …”
OTC Board Chairman Ed Stokes drew attention to OTC’s growth since the first conference in 1969. In recent years, the OTC has extended its offerings with the OTC Arctic, OTC Brazil and OTC Asia. In its inaugural edition in late March 2014, OTC Asia attracted over 25,000 delegates in Kuala Lumpur.
The OTC presented its Distinguished achievement award for companies, organizations or institutions to BP for its Clair Ridge development. The award recognizes the application of BP’s LoSal (low salinity) technology. “It was a significant effort to transition from observation to research and practical application,” explained James Dupree, BP COO of Resource Development and Technology, as he accepted the award. “The company’s enhanced recovery technology team had observed that reducing the salinity of the sea water for waterflooding released more water from the rock surfaces.”
The first full-field, offshore use of the LoSal EOR technology is being applied to the West of Shetlands Clair Ridge development. BP expects to recover additional 42 million bbl at an additional investment cost of $3/bbl.
The OTC Heritage Award went to Susan Cunningham, Sr. Vice President for Noble Energy, in charge of the company’s developments in the Gulf of Mexico, deepwater West Africa and new frontiers such as Eastern Mediterranean. “I am honored to work in an industry, where we are able to change national economies and bettering lives.”
As an example, Cunningham referred to the recent start of natural gas production from Tamar field, offshore Israel. With gross mean resources of 10 Tcf, the Tamar field will provide for Israel’s domestic gas demand for the next 20-30 years.
The Distinguished Achievement Award for individuals was presented to DNV-GL’s Dr. Carl Arne Carlsen for his outstanding contributions to the safety and reliability of offshore structures through new standards for their dynamic behavior.
The OTC continues at in Houston until Thursday, May 8 at the Reliant Center facilities in Houston with record-setting technical presentations and exhibits focusing on the offshore oil and gas industry.
The OTC is accepting nominations for the distinguished achievement awards for OTC2015 until Sept. 1, 2014.