With the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico showing what can happen in a worst-case scenario of equipment failure in deep water, the Subsea Australasia Conference is preparing to examine the growing need to ensure integrity is maintained in new subsea production to prevent environmental damage.
Organisers of the Subsea Australasia Conference have announced that subsea integrity and environmental management will be the focus of one of seven topical sessions at the conference, which is taking place at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 23-25 February 2011.
Subsea UK Chairman, Bill Edgar says the subsea industry is seeing immense changes in new production with increasingly sophisticated and complex installations being deployed.
“Without these advances, subsea production would in many cases simply not be viable. But as subsea systems have become increasingly complex, the need for absolute design and manufacturing integrity has become all important,” says Edgar, who will chair the conference session.
The session will examine vital subsea integrity issues including design, lifecycle management strategies and monitoring technologies, with presentations from such industry experts as:
- Dr Jerry Baker, Head of Discipline, Pipeline and Subsea Integrity at Atkins Oil & Gas
- Angus Allsop, Vice President of Integrity Management at Wellstream International Ltd
- Jon Edwards, Business Development Manager at Well Ops SEA; and
- Melvin Leong, Senior Engineer at Prospect Asia.
Edgar has also asserted that recent high-profile oil spills such as the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 has further increased industry awareness of subsea integrity and environmental management issues, in particular the need for a rapid response and a pan industry approach to pollution management.
A joint initiative between Subsea Energy Australia, Subsea UK, the Society for Underwater Technology and the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition (AOG), the Subsea Australasia Conference is expected to attract more than 500 delegates.
With a diverse mix of local and overseas speakers, the Subsea Australasia Conference will delve into other commercial and technical developments impacting the subsea industry, with sessions focusing on:
- global subsea markets
- Australasian subsea markets
- floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG)
- pipeline buckling
- riser technology; and geophysics and geohazards.
The Subsea Australasia Conference is a Diversified Exhibitions Australia event.