ONS '86 SHOW AND CONFERENCE ATTRACTING STRONG INTEREST FROM EXHIBITORS
August 26-29—Stavanger, Norway The 7th Offshore Northern Seas (ONS '86) Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Stavanger, August 26-29, continues to benefit from Norway's expansive offshore policies and the associated demand for advanced technology and services to meet challenging conditions. Heavy demand for stand space at this year's exhibition indicates that international interest in this event remains strong. The exhibition is expected to be roughly the same size as the 1984 event in terms of stand space, covering a net area of some 14,000 square meters. This space was fully booked by the June 1,1985 deadline, with the number of exhibitors this year unlikely to fall below the 1984 record of some 600 companies from 16 countries on about 450 stands.
U.S. companies, which have traditionally made substantial deliveries to Norway's offshore sector, are accordingly expected to maintain and even expand their presence at ONS '86. New this year will be a stronger emphasis on grouping exhibits by category in the catalog, to assist visitors in identifying the areas of interest and making the best use of their time. Visitors to the ONS exhibition this year are expected to remain at about the 1984 level of about 33,000 professionals from around the world.
The concurrent ONS Conference will begin at 11 am on Tuesday, August 26 with an Inaugural Ceremony. Following an introduction by Leif Terje Loddensol, chairman of the ONS Executive Committee, Stavanger Mayor Ms. Kari Thu will welcome the delegates. Norwegian Prime Minister Ms. Gro Harlem Brundtland will then discuss "Norwegian Petroleum Policy," followed by the Keynote Address to be delivered by Jean-Claude Paye, Secretary-General, OECD, Paris. The three-session General Conference beginning on August 27 will approach the ONS '86 theme of "Northern Waters: New Political, Economic, and Technical Opportunities and Concerns" from the point of view of senior managers. Each session will feature a leading speaker with one or two supporting contributors. The intention of the general conference is to attract the attention of senior policy-makers and involve them in the discussions on strategic issues; time will be alloted for this purpose.
The general sessions will be followed on August 27-29 by specialist sessions devoted to production systems, gas transportation, reservoir engineering, drilling, and explora The special conference on production system concepts in deep water is designed to provide an overview of current progress in this area. Presentations will extend from experience with systems already in operation—such as Central Cormorant and Northeast Frigg—through those now being designed or constructed for a variety of Norwegian fields such as Gullfaks, Oseberg, and Troll. Both fixed and floating installations will be covered.
Topics to be covered in the session on alternatives for transportation of northern seas gas reserves include Norwegian gas resources, with the emphasis on their extent and geographical location, and alternative methods for distribution to markets. Pipeline solutions in the North Sea, the Halten Bank, and the Tromso Bank will be considered, with special attention given to LNG and processing options for converting gas into easily transported fuels or power.
Some of the technical challenges that must be overcome in order to produce North Sea reservoirs efficiently will be covered in the special conference on reservoir engineering and enhanced recovery through a series of case studies from four Norwegian North Sea fields. Each of these presentations will focus on the approach adopted for finding solutions to complex reservoir and production problems in the Snorre, Oseberg, Valhall, and Frigg fields. The special conference on drilling has been divided into two sessions, covering the impact of petroleum legislation on drilling, and the needs, direction, and aims of research in this field. Safety regulations were developed by the authorities in cooperation with the oil industry at an early stage in Norway's offshore development, and have been revised several times. Disagreements on interpretation between the industry and regulatory bodies have demonstrated the need for good and continuous dialogue between the two sides to insure that rigs are built and operated to acceptable standards.
The final special conference will be devoted to exploration/utilization of research results and prospects in Polar regions. Different aspects of utilizing exploration research by industry will be covered in the morning session, reflecting the emphasis given by Norway's concession policy to industrial spin-offs from R&D. The afternoon session will focus on the challenges and productivity of the Barents Sea and other hostile Polar regions, where exploration is in its very early stages.
General Conference Program August 27: Energy Politics In addition to the worldwide picture, this session will embrace the growing importance of the northern area where oil and gas are concerned. The emphasis will be on long-term perspectives, volatility, and uncertainties, as well as the scope and timing of possible contributions from Arctic regions.
Chairman: F. Lied, ex-minister of industry and ex-chairman of the board of Statoil, Oslo 9:00 am—P. Schwartz, head of business environment group planning, Shell International Petroleum Company, London 10:00 am—J.M. Stanford, president, Petro-Canada Resources, Petro- Canada Inc., Calgary 10:30 am—E. Bergsager, senior vice president-corporate management, Geco A/S, Stavanger 11:00 am—Coffee break 11:20 am—Panel Discussion Moderator: L.U. Thulin, executive vice president, Den norske Creditbank, Oslo Delegates: T. Bergem, executive vice president, Norsk Hydro A/S, Oslo; and Messrs. Bergsager, Schwartz, and Stanford Energy Economics Both long-term and immediate prospectives will be discussed under this heading. The lead presentation will also reflect on the economic consequences of expensive energy, including the capital investment and time required to substitute for cheap oil. Chairman: J. Oxnevad, senior executive vice president, Statoil, Stavanger 2:00 pm—C.T. Maxwell, vice chairman of the board of directors, Cyrus D. Lawrence, Inc., New York 3:00 pm—Coffee break 3:20 pm—B. Weymueller, vice president-group finance, Societe Nationale Elf Aquitaine, Courbevoie 3:50 pm—R.L. Oliver, managercorporate & energy analyses, corporate planning department, BP International Ltd., London 4:20 pm—Discussion August 28: Technology— Alternative Approaches The lead speaker in this session will discuss alternatives available from a systems viewpoint as we approach deeper water and more hostile environments. Supporting contributions will supplement with recent experience from Arctic regions. Chairman: C. Ellertsen, president, Norwegian Petroleum Consultants A/S, Oslo 9:00 am—H. Ager-Hanssen, senior executive vice president, Statoil, Stavanger 10:00 am—D. G. Marrs, president and general manager, Mobil Oil Company Ltd., Toronto 10:30 am—Coffee break 10:50 am—R. Knowles, manager- FCP planning, Atlantic Richfield International, Los Angeles 11:20 am—Discussion Noon—Lunch August 27: Special Conference Production Systems The northern seas are at the forefront of the most advanced developments in deepwater production systems, and this program is designed to provide an overview of current progress.
Chairman: P. Kassler, managing director, A/S Norske Shell, Oslo 9:00 am—"Four Years of Experience with the Central Cormorant UMC," by M. Osborne, head of the UMC project, Shell Expro UK Ltd., Aberdeen 9:40 am—"Status of Subsea Production on Frigg Satellites," by R.H. Brand, production operations department manager, Elf Aquitaine Norge A/S, Stavanger 10:20 am—Coffee break 10:40 am—"Present Developments and Trends for Subsea Production Systems in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea," by T. Andvig, assistant manager-oil division, A/S Kongsberg Vapenfabrikk, Kongsberg 11:20 am—"Compliant Tower Applicability Offshore Northern Europe," by L.D. Maus, research supervisor, Exxon Production Research Company, Houston Noon—Lunch 2:00 pm—"Design of a Tension Leg Platform for Gas Production," by J. Odland, section leader, Statoil, Stavanger 2:40 pm—"SWOPS—A Production System for Cyrus Field and Beyond," by K.R. Winkle, chief production engineer, BP Exploration Company Ltd., London; and N. Strachan, senior petroleum engineer, BP Petroleum Development, Aberdeen 3:20 pm—Coffee break 3:40 pm—"Flexible Risers for North Sea Floating Production Systems," by B. de Bailliencourt, director, Ugland Coflexip A/S, Paris 4:20 pm—"The Subsea Atmospheric System (SAS) Development and Testing Status," by E. Schei, program manager-SAS project, Kvaerner Subsea Contracting A/S, Oslo Thursday, August 28: Gas Transportation Topics covered in this session will include Norwegian gas resources, with the emphasis on their extent and geographical locations, and alternate methods for distribution to markets.
Chairman: M. Reed, vice president, Norwegian Shipowners' Association, Oslo 9:00 am—"Norway's Gas Reserves: An Overview of Existing Reserves, Markets, and Prospects for Future Gas Transportation," by A.B. Moe, deputy director general, Royal Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Oslo 9:30 am—"The Impact of Technology Advances on the Conversion of Remote Northern Norwegian Gas to Marketable Liquid Products," by G. Atkinson, supervisory process engineer, and P. Pool, process manager, Fluor Europe Ltd., London 10:15 am—Coffee break 10:30 am—"Concepts for Seaborne Transportation of Liquefied Gases and Gas Products," by H.H. Iversen, assistant director, Moss Rosenberg Verft A/S, Oslo 11:15 am—"The Economics of Alternative Transportation Solutions for Norway's Northern Gas Reserves," by T. Wergeland, assistant professor, Institute for Shipping Research, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen Noon—Lunch 2:00 pm—Panel presentations of main conclusions from the morning session Chairman: M. Reed, vice president, Norwegian Shipowners' Association, Oslo 2:30 pm—General discussion 3:15 pm—Coffee break 3:30 pm—"Statpipe—Early Experience from Operation of an Integrated Gas Gathering and Terminal System," by E. Sael, general manager- Statpipe, Statoil, Haugesund 4:15 pm—"Two-phase Flow Research at Sintef and IFE: Some Experimental Results and a Demonstration of the Dynamic Twophase Flow Simulator 'Olga'," by P. Fuchs, staff engineer, Statoil, Trondheim Reservoir Engineering Some of the technical challenges that must be overcome in order to produce North Sea reservoirs efficiently will be covered in this afternoon session through a series of case studies from four Norwegian North Sea oil and gas fields.
Chairman: S. Nja, director, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Stavanger 2:00 pm—"Preliminary Reservoir Development Evaluation—Snorre Field," by R.R. Rounsaville, reservoir section manager, Esso Norge A/S (E&P), Oslo 2:40 pm—"Oseberg: Late Stage Development," by T. Torvund, department manager, Norsk Hydro A/S, Bergen 3:20 pm—Coffee break 3:40 pm—"Valhall: Production from High Porosity Chalk," by G. King, research engineer, Amoco Research Center, Tulsa 4:20 pm—"The Analysis of Water Encroachment in the Frigg Field," by A. De Leebeeck, head of studies section, Elf Aquitaine Norge A/S, Stavanger Friday, August 29: Drilling This special conference on drilling has been divided into two sessions, in the morning covering the impact of petroleum legislation on drilling, and in the afternoon the needs, direction, and aims of research in this field.
Chairman: O. Tuxen, general manager- drilling department, Norsk Hydro A/S, Stavanger 9:00 am—"Impact of Norwegian Regulations on Statfjord Field Drilling Operations," by D.N. Willis, drilling engineering supervisor, Mobil Exploration Norway Inc., Stavanger 9:40 am—"A Rig Owner's View on Norwegian Regulations," by H. Krafft, technical director, Gotaas- Larsen Offshore Ltd., London 10:20 am—Coffee break 10:40 am—"The New Petroleum Legislation: Its Enforcement and Its Implications with Regard to Drilling Operations," by M. Ognedal, director- safety department, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Stavanger 11:20 am—Panel Discussion Moderator: O.J. Kvinnsland, director, Noroil Publishing House Ltd., Stavanger Panel members: K. Kjeldstad, drilling manager, Statoil; H. KrafFt, technical director, Gotaas- Larsen Offshore; B. Legris, drilling operations manager, Elf Aquitaine Norge; E.B. Nagell Bjordal, safety manager, Norsk Hydro; M. Ognedal, safety department director, NPD; and D.N. Willis, drilling engineering supervisor, Mobil Exploration Norway Noon—Lunch Afternoon chairman: C. Kwantes, operations superintendent, E&P, A/S Norske Shell, Stavanger 2:00 pm—"Needs of Drilling R&D," by R. Rose, director, A/S Norske Shell, Oslo 2:40 pm—"Presentation of Drilling Statistics," by R. Mathiesen, section manager, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Stavanger 3:00 pm—Coffee break 3:20 pm—"New Developments Within Drilling Technology," by S. Stokka, department manager, Rogaland Research Institute, Stavanger 4:00 pm—(Comments on the above presentations) by A. Rodland, state secretary, Royal Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Oslo Friday, August 29: Exploration Different aspects of utilizing exploration research by industry will be covered in the morning session of this special conference; the afternoon session will focus on the challenges and prospectivity of the Barents Sea and other hostile Polar regions.
Chairman: H. Brandsaether, senior vice president, Geco A/S, Oslo 9:00 am —"Introduction to Conference Topics," by E. Bergsager, chairman of the ONS Conference Committee, and senior vice president- corporate management, Geco A/S, Stavanger 9:10 am—"Computer Technology in Exploration: Driving the Wedge to Success," by G.W. Rice, directorgeoscience systems division, North American Exploration Services, Conoco, Inc., Ponca City, Oklahoma. 9:50 am—"Acquisition and Processing of Seismic Data from Below Glaciers: Experiences and Technology," by P.F. Owen, chief geophysicist, BP Petroleum Development (Norway) Ltd., Stavanger 10:25 Coffee break 10:45 am—"Aspects of Migration from a Theoretical Point of View," by D.H. Welte, Gesellschaft fur Integriete Explorationssysteme (IES) GmbH, Julich, West Germany 11:25 am—"Application of New 3D Technology to Recent Field Development in Norway," by I. Gausland, chief geophysicist, Statoil, Stavanger; and T.V. Karlsson, manager-corporate geophysical support, Geco A/S, Oslo 11:50 am—Discussion Noon—Lunch Afternoon chairman: J. Champeny, exploration manager, Esso Norge A/S (E&P), Stavanger 2:00 pm—"Norway: Research and Commercial Exploration Hand in Hand," by S. Horvik, district manager, Esso Norge A/S (E&P), Harstad 2:45 pm—"The C.O.S.T. Well: Its Significance and Lessons Learned," by D.M. Hite, division exploration manager, southeast onshore region, Arco Exploration and Technology Company, Piano, Texas 3:10 pm—Coffee break 3:30 pm—"Arctic Oil and Gas: Exploration and Incentives," by Walter W. Nassichuk, director, Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology, Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary 4:10 pm—"Antarctic: Recent Advances in the Understanding of the Continental Shelf," by Prof. C. Hinz, Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaft und Rohstoffe (BGR), Hanover, West Germany