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The Future of Subsea Well Access and Completions

A review of technologies currently applied in offshore environments to drill and complete subsea wells for hydrocarbon production confirms that many opportunities exist to improve methodologies in ways that can be more economically beneficial and more environmentally sustainable.

Most drilling and completion challenges have been met and overcome on a case-by-case basis although collective knowledge, and industry improvements, have progressed rapidly since the late 2000s.

Subsea completions for gathering hydrocarbons from subsea wells have demonstrated both environmental and economic benefits for offshore oil and gas projects. Barriers and opportunities for expanded use of subsea completions involve both technological and regulatory issues. Advanced technologies are needed to ensure long-lived and serviceable subsea equipment.

Reasonable regulations also are needed to make sure that the best available technologies and practices are considered in rulemaking that affects subsea operations and future of subsea well access.

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The Future of Subsea Well Access and Completions

Damir Horvat, SPE, General Manager Oil & Gas, Onshore & Offshore Upstream, DEM–Government of South Australia

01 August 2019

Volume: 71 | Issue: 8

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