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08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 09:05 5 mins
Opening of OPT 2019
09:05 - 09:15 10 mins
Chairman's Welcome to Day 1
  • Pieter Swart - Principal Technical Expert Subsea Pipelines, Shell Projects & Technology
09:15 - 09:40 25 mins
Global Markets and Consequences for the Offshore Pipeline Sector
  • Review of offshore markets
  • Macro-economic overview
  • Pipeline and trunkline trends
  • Future forecasts
  • Conclusions
  • Audun M. Martinsen - Head of Oilfield Service Research, Rystad Energy
09:40 - 10:05 25 mins
Keynote Address: Use of Digital Technologies for Delivering Certainty in SURF and Deepwater Projects
  • Vaseem Khan - Global Vice President - Engineering, McDermott
10:05 - 10:30 25 mins
Innovation, Efficiency, Integrity – How Do We Optimise Pipeline Supply Chains?

The oil and gas industry is firmly in an era where increased efficiencies and innovative approaches, leading to a lower total cost of ownership, are not just beneficial – they are a prerequisite for a viable oil and gas industry. On an individual project level, we can all agree that improving efficiencies or delivering innovation at the expense of other requirements, such as quality or integrity, can be disastrous. So, how can line pipe manufacturers meet these ever-increasing demands without loading unnecessary risk onto a project? Tata Steel will explain how a combination of full control of integrated manufacturing supply chain, a philosophy of continuous customer-focused process improvements and targeted investments, continue to drive Tata Steel to deliver value, and mitigate risk, for the oil and gas industry.

Authors: Barry Rust, David Evans, Pete Bradshaw, TATA Steel

  • Peter Bradshaw - Technical Sales Manager, TATA Steel Europe Ltd
10:30 - 10:55 25 mins
When Innovation Goes Wrong...What’s The Remedy?
  • Design innovation in offshore construction, particularly in deep waters, means that risk needs to be clearly understood and allocated. Parties spend time and money negotiating contracts to ensure this is the case – but when things go wrong, does it really help?
  • Do remedies such as liquidated damages for delay and low performance have the desired effect? Could they inadvertently encourage a breach of contract? Likewise, poor contract administration is said to be the cause of construction disputes, but is this really the case and what can be done about it?
  • Two litigators look at the common reactions of contracting parties when new technologies don’t work as expected and consider how to manage the situation before, and when, something goes wrong. They give a fresh perspective on administering offshore contracts to face the big issues, move on and finish the job!

Authors: Robbie Leckie, Partner, CMS International Construction and Energy and Sarah Mather, Senior Associate, CMS International Construction and Energy

  • Robbie Leckie - Partner, CMS
  • Sarah Mather - Senior Associate, CMS
10:55 - 11:30 35 mins
Morning Break and Networking
11:30 - 11:55 25 mins
Execution Challenges for Zhor Field Development

In autumn 2015, Saipem was engaged by ENI in an early engineering activity to develop the subsea field solution and strategy for an EPCI fast track development of the subsea field of Zohr, a giant gas field located 190 km offshore Nile Delta in 1,500 m water depth.

The Zohr Accelerated Start Up phase comprised of Production Manifolds, Production Clad flowlines, flowline to manifold rigid tie-in spool system, export lines to shore including shore approach, Glycol injection, and main control umbilical.

Awarded to Saipem in April 2016, the pipeline system was designed, procured, and successfully pre-commissioned in October 2017, ready for the 1st gas in December 2017.

This paper highlights the engineering and execution challenges for an extremely fast track project, covering early engineering engagement with Company, key aspects for the design stage of the pipeline system, technology solutions adopted for the project execution (for example, new patented welding solutions and innovative trenching tool), planning and management of the offshore installation campaign with up to 7 main vessels utilised within a short time period.

Authors: L. Baltimore, A.Delle Canne and L.Mori, Saipem Spa

  • Loic Baltimore - Materials Technologies Lead, Saipem SA
11:55 - 12:20 25 mins
GluBi® Pipe - A New Development of a Reelable Mechanically Lined Pipe

For two decades, the mechanically lined BuBi® pipe has been applied as onshore and offshore pipeline in the oil and gas transportation. The main offshore installation methods were S-lay, J-lay or Bundle. The objective was to produce a reelable mechanically lined pipe without any further procedures such as application of internal pressure or reinforcements of the liner material.

The manufacturing process of the new product is based on the process of the mechanically lined BuBi® pipe. A CRA pipe is expanded inside a carbon steel pipe using a hydroforming process. A glue is applied to produce adhesion between the two pipes. The pipe ends are weld overlay cladded.

The result is a glued linepipe called GluBi® with the same weldability and processability properties as the well-known mechanically lined pipes and it is reelable without the risk of wrinkling. The product development is currently going through the DNV GL qualification DNV-RP-A203.

Author and co-authors: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Thomas Schüller, Managing Director, BUTTING / Joachim Banse, Product Engineer, BUTTING / Volker Lahmann, Product Engineer, BUTTING

  • Joachim Banse - Product Engineer, BUTTING
12:20 - 12:45 25 mins
Development of a Phased Array Ultrasonic Inspection Method for the Liner to End Cladding Interface

A client had faced serious technical difficulties with several CRA pipeline projects using both Hot Roll Bonded Clad pipe and Mechanically Lined Pipe.   As a result of the challenges faced the client imposed stringent acceptance criteria on the liner to end cladding interface and the overlay potion at the end of the pipe.  Radiographic Testing (RT) was specified as the primary inspection method for the liner to end cladding interface and overlay portion of the pipes, with manual UT for verification.  The specified manual UT method was not able to detect certain defects and was deleted from the suite of tools available to sanction the pipe ends, leaving only RT.

The geometry of this joint can lead to incorrect interpretation of RT indications as lack of fusion resulting in a high repair rate.  A method using Phased Array Ultrasonic inspection from the liner side to detect Lack of Fusion type defects.

This paper will detail the challenges faced, the solutions developed and the resulting reduction in repair rate.

With the continued development of fields with corrosion challenges, there is growing demand to use CRA pipes, hence reliable and economic methods of inspection are essential.

  • Paul Montague - Director for Sales & Business Development, Cladtek Holdings Pte Ltd
12:45 - 14:00 75 mins
Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:25 25 mins
Quality Guideline for the Treatment of Unexploded Ordnance Encountered During Offshore Pipeline Construction

Old ammunition or unexploded ordnance (UXO) poses a threat during the construction of offshore pipelines. The increase in knowledge about the potential UXO impacts has created an urge to address the challenge on a strategic level. Therefore, a quality guideline for the handling of offshore UXO was developed. This was achieved through an iterative and cooperative process that involved relevant stakeholders.

The quality guideline for the handling of UXO in the offshore environment addresses the four phases of the desk based pre-investigation, the technical investigation, the investigation of suspected UXO points as well as the clearance and disposal. For each phase a detailed process workflow was identified. These processes are characterized by the involved stakeholders and those stakeholders’ responsibilities. Prerequisites for involved personnel, utilized technology and documentation requirements are laid out. Furthermore, a delineation of technical quality drivers, which serve as operating limits during offshore UXO operations, was added.

Authors:  Torsten Frey and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Holländer, Leipzig University, Institute for Infrastructure and Resources Management, Germany / Melanie Abbondanzieri and Niels Scheffer, Heinrich Hirdes EOD Services GmbH

  • Torsten Frey - Researcher, Leipzig University, Institute for Infrastructure and Resources Management
14:25 - 14:50 25 mins
A New Era for Offshore Field Joint Coating (FJC) Processing

This technical presentation details the patented “MERLIN” Heat & Coat system and details how it facilitates simultaneous heat treatment and coating of field joints in the global offshore pipe-lay projects 

The paper will demonstrate the use of precise, controlled, repeatable induction heat profiles, successfully developed and commissioned in numerous pipe-lay projects, and currently being used on major pipelay vessels for a range of multi diameter pipes and FJC specifications. 

This system has been exclusive to a single operator until 2017, it is now openly available to the global offshore pipe-lay vessel owners and operators.  Today with an ever increasing focus on pipeline installation efficiency, safety, economy and the need for repeatable and traceability of coating to specification this innovation provides lay vessel owners/operators and specialist oil and gas pipe laying contractors with the advantages to secure contracts and subsequently enhance their ability to lay pipe quickly  - whilst improving field joint quality, reliability and providing a safe pipe processing environment upon the vessel and operators themselves.

The ‘Merlin Heat & Coat system offers pipe laying organisations the capability to simultaneously induction heat and powder coat field joints with a single piece of equipment, ensuring a reduced field joint processing time with repeatable and reliable coating capabilities – all culminating towards the ultimate goal of an increased pipe lay rate. 

The key feature of simultaneous heating and coating, MERLIN’s patented interchangeable “cassette” design also allows for pipe diameters 8” – 26” and beyond and various field joint lengths to be processed using one system, this asset can be transferred/transported from vessel to vessel or pipelay project to pipelay project on the same vessel, regardless of pipe Diameter.  Providing a ROI over several projects and several years usage, globally supported by an offshore service team fully accredited.

The system has already completed in several well documented and well publicised ‘S’ lay and ‘J’ lay projects. Now the success can be shared for all to benefit.

The Inductotherm Group, brand Radyne Offshore continue developments within pipeline systems offshore and onshore.


  • Adrian Cullum - Sales Manager, Radyne Offshore - Inductotherm Heating & Welding
14:50 - 15:15 25 mins
Next Generation of GRP Structures – Supports Your Pipeline Through Their Lifecycle

CSUB has, with the last years focus on internal engineering, come up with several new GRP products in our portfolio.

CSUB can design and supply pipeline foundations, crossings, buckling mitigations and free span correction that can support the pipeline during their lifespan. CSUB also have solutions for Free Span correction for installation during operational phase.

Product are made in GRP that gives advantages of high strength to weight ratio, stackable solutions and no long lead raw material requirements the CSUB support products can be engineered to solve several of the relevant issues facing the world of pipeline.

  • Jon Inge Brattekås - SVP Market & Technology, CSUB
15:15 - 15:45 30 mins
Networking Refreshment Break
15:45 - 16:10 25 mins
Active Flowline Heating Session
Qualification of Next Generation DEH system – Targeting Cost and Technical Improvements

A 3-year development program run by Nexans Norway together with the other key players within DEH, TechnipFMC, SINTEF and NTNU, demonstrates the improvement of a DEH system by increasing the operating power frequency from the traditional 50/60 Hz to the 100-200 Hz range. The program is part-funded by The Research Council of Norway.  New knowledge has been gained during extensive testing for AC corrosion (of Aluminium anodes, C-Mn and Superduplex linepipe steel), magnetic and surface properties of steel pipe as a function of frequency, and interference with adjacent subsea pipelines and structures. Comprehensive analyses thereafter have been carried out to design subsea DEH systems which show significant improvements in performance and cost of the systems. Both shallow and deepwater DEH systems have clear benefits from the qualification program.  The paper summarizes the main findings from the R&D activities and demonstrates the benefits that the end users can draw from this Supplier led initiative.

Author: Øyvind Iversen, Nexans Norway  

Co-author: Martin Høyer-Hansen, Sintef Energy Research / John Berstad, TechnipFMC / Torunn Clasen, Nexans Norway

  • John Berstad - SURF Specialist, TechnipFMC
16:10 - 16:35 25 mins
Active Flowline Heating Session
Use of Technology Enables Development of Field in Norwegian Sea

The Ærfugl field is a gas condensate field located in the Norwegian Sea to the West of Skarv and Idun fields. The first phase is planned developed with 3 off single slot templates as a 20 km long tie-back to the Skarv FPSO connected to the existing subsea infrastructure. Heat input into the flow line system is required during both plateau and off-plateau production periods. The new enabling technology Electrically Heat Traced Flowline (EHTF) will be utilized to enable system start-up and shut down, and to maintain the production fluids outside of the hydrate envelope during steady state operation.  The Ærfugl EHTF system consists of an electrically heated 10” flowline inside a 16” carrier pipe (Pipe In Pipe). The large annulus between the 10” and the 16” allows for good insulation, and combined with reduced annulus pressure, a U-value of less than 0.5 W/m²/K is achieved. Such a low U-value allows for a more passive system where only limited power is required from the heating system. The Ærfugl EHTF system is based on a topside transformer. The power cables goes directly from the topside bus bar via a dynamic and static power umbilical system to the In-Line Power Inlet Structure (ILPIS) on the Electrically Heat Traced Flowline (EHTF). There is as such not any sophisticated components subsea to transform or split the current. All components that may need maintenance and repair are located topside. This gives a very high availability of the subsea system. This paper will address EHTF specificities on Ærfugl project, and provide a high level description of the intensive qualification program performed for the project.

Authors: Arne Skeie and Guy Mencarelli, Subsea 7

  • Knut Feldmann - EHTF Engineering Manager – Ærfugl Project, AkerBP
16:35 - 17:00 25 mins
Active Flowline Heating Session
2nd Generation ETH-PIP for VNG Fenja Project, Enabling Technology

The Fenja Field is located offshore mid-Norway at a water depth of approximately 324 m, and consists of two separate hydrocarbon accumulations, the Pil and Bue reservoirs. The Fenja development is primarily a development of the Pil reservoir with Bue as a potential upside. VNG Norge is the license operator. The Pil and Bue reservoirs’ fluid properties are challenging. VNG Norge completed during early field development stage a screening of options which could allow solving these flow assurance issues in an economical manner. Various concepts have been assessed, from stand-alone development to long-distance tie-backs with actively heated pipelines and the ETH-PiP technology demonstrated to be the best technical and economical option for VNG Norge to develop and produce Pil and Bue reservoirs.  VNG Norge approached TechnipFMC in order to perform a Feasibility Study combining the SPS and SURF capabilities and screening various scenarios and flow assurance mitigations measures. For the production flowline, TechnipFMC has proposed the use of its ETH-PiP technology, which TechnipFMC had already developed, manufactured and installed ETH-PiP for the TOTAL Islay Field development in North Sea in 2011. TechnipFMC developed a second-generation ETH system following Islay, which was further improved and qualified in order to cope with Fenja field specificities.  This presentation highlights the main Flow Assurance and technical challenges associated with the Fenja field development as well as status on improved ETH components Technology Readiness Level for FENJA application. This presentation also highlights how early involvement of Contractor in the Field Development and use of TechnipFMC ETH-PiP technology enabled VNG Norge to consider the development of the Pil and Bue reservoirs in a reliable and economical manner.

Author:  Antoine Marret, TechnipFMC

  • Antoine Marret - Lead Engineer, TechnipFMC
17:00 - 17:45 45 mins
OPT Day 1
Champagne Roundtable Session

Choose your table. Each table will have a host who will lead the discussion

  1. Decommissioning                                                        
  2. Active Flowline Heating                                            
  3. AUVs/ROVs                                                          
  4. Technology Qualification Readiness for Ultra-Deepwater Field Development 
  5. Advantages with Integrated Subsea Contracts
  6. CO2 pipelines 
  • Nol van de Haterd - CP Technology & Innovation, Shell Global Solutions International B.V.
  • Raj Ramar - Subsea Engineering Manager, McDermott Marine Construction Ltd
  • Ian Nash - Managing Director EAME, Peritus International Ltd
  • Tim Crome - Technical Manager, Global Front End Group, Subsea Projects, TechnipFMC
  • Alan Black - UK Business Unit Director, Subsea 7
  • Pieter Swart - Principal Technical Expert Subsea Pipelines, Shell Projects & Technology
17:45 - 18:30 45 mins
OPT Day 1
Champagne Roundtable Session - Take 2!

In response to delegate feedback we will be repeating the roundtables to allow you to attend a different table and benefit from additional knowledge sharing and networking.  

  • Nol van de Haterd - CP Technology & Innovation, Shell Global Solutions International B.V.
  • Raj Ramar - Subsea Engineering Manager, McDermott Marine Construction Ltd
  • Ian Nash - Managing Director EAME, Peritus International Ltd
  • Tim Crome - Technical Manager, Global Front End Group, Subsea Projects, TechnipFMC
  • Alan Black - UK Business Unit Director, Subsea 7
  • Pieter Swart - Principal Technical Expert Subsea Pipelines, Shell Projects & Technology
18:30 - 19:30 60 mins
OPT Day 1
Networking Drinks Reception
19:30 - 20:00 30 mins
OPT Day 1
Arrive for Dinner
20:00 - 22:30 150 mins
OPT Day 1
Take Your Seats and Enjoy the Evening
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15:15 - 15:45

Networking Refreshment Break

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