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Health, Safety and Environmental R&D Don Smith. International Association of Oil and Gas Producers . R&D within a Global Industry. Industry invests billions of dollar on R&D related activities covering the full spectrum of industry interests (eg ExxonMobil invested ~$700m in 2005)

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health safety and environmental r d don smith

Health, Safety and Environmental R&DDon Smith

International Association of Oil and Gas Producers

r d within a global industry
R&D within a Global Industry
  • Industry invests billions of dollar on R&D related activities covering the full spectrum of industry interests (eg ExxonMobil invested ~$700m in 2005)
  • A range of mechanisms through which the industry funds R&D including:
    • Directly funded R&D
    • Grants
    • In-house R&D capabilities
    • Foundations
    • Involvement in government programmes
  • Difficult to establish the nature and extent of R&D activity in the health, safety and environmental areas
offshore structures
Offshore Structures
  • Various floating system behaviour JIPs (Deepstar)
  • Moorings JIP
  • Decommissioning methodology JIP
  • SCI/TWI Brent Flare Tower Fatigue
  • Jack-Up Studies (related to SNAME and ISO)
  • FPSO Research Forum
fpso research forum
FPSO Research Forum
  • To identify the common technical issues facing those involved in designing, fabricating and/or operating FPSOs, and to foster JIPs to tackle them for the common good of the industry.
  • Current projects:
    • Numerical modeling of non-linear fluid loads by means of Volume of Fluid Method
    • Analysis of out of plane bending fatigue in mooring chain
    • Shallow water wave kinematics related to near-shore terminals
    • Investigation in mooring failures
    • Simulation of side-by side offloading
    • Intelligent Structural Health of FPSO’s
    • Fatigue analysis of steel structures
    • Investigation of structural integrity by inspections

  • Range of hindcasting JIPs:
    • North Sea (NUG/NEXT)
    • North West Approaches (NWAG)
    • Caspian Sea (CASMOS)
  • Regional JIP
    • West African Gusts
    • West African Swell
  • Wave Studies
    • 10-4 Waves
    • Shallow water waves

Co-ordinated through

OGP Metocean Committee

simorc system of industry data for the offshore and research community
SIMORC(System of Industry Data for the Offshore and Research Community)
  • To create a central index and database of metocean data sets, collected by the oil & gas industry
  • To facilitate harmonisation in quality and formats, storing and retrieving of these industry metocean datasets
  • To create a searchable overview of hindcast studies

  • Objective: to produce an affordable and accessible virtual reality technology to help reduce human factor related incidents in the oil and gas industry
  • EU funded programme:
    • 4 year duration
    • Total funds Euro 15 million (9 from EU)
    • Over 40 partners

health related r d
Health Related R&D
  • Malaria
  • Sexually transmitted disease control
environment related r d
Environment Related R&D
  • Long term effects of cutting piles in the North Sea
  • Produced water discharge
  • ‘Zero harmful discharge’ related studies
  • Arctic Conditions:
    • Chemical dispersion of oil in ice covered water
    • In-situ burning of oil in ice covered waters
    • Detection of spilled oil under ice
  • Establishment of a lab (Qatar) to study environmental effects associated with LNG production
  • Drill cuttings monitoring JIP (Brazil)
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E&P Sound and Marine Life JIP
  • Background – increasing focus on sound in the marine environment and its potential to cause harm to all forms of marine life
  • JIP Objective - to address the E&P relevant knowledge gaps, with the overall aims of better risk assessments and improved mitigation measures
  • JIP:
    • 3 to 5 year R&D programme
    • >$20m funds
    • 9 participants to date (more expected)
ogp future activities
OGP Future Activities
  • Fire and Blast Directory
  • Human Factors (Tools/Culture)
  • Geohazards Position Paper
  • Land Transportation Safety
  • Managing Major Accident Hazards
  • On a global basis the industry spends a considerable sum on R&D related activities
  • Many different approaches adopted to funding R&D
  • Information on industry funded R&D (on a global basis) difficult to access
    • OGP currently exploring how this position can be improved