he coming competition between pipelines and shuttle tankers on export in the these same remote ultra deep waters of the GoM, and what this may mean in the next two years is discussed in a presentation at Deep Oil Technology (DOT) in New Orleans in February 2009:, it stirred a friendly debate between the protagonists of the different transportation modes in a reception afterwards.
The gunslingers (panelists)
- 1Rex Mars with Project Consulting, independent pipeline construction viewpoint
- 2Jim Healey with Williams, major pipeline owner and operator
- 3Tom Burgess with OSG, shipowner, shuttle tanker contractor for Cascade/Chinook
The Two Linked & Ongoing Debates:
Facility and Transportation
1. Facility - two main options
- Semisubmersible or Spar without storage
- FPSO with storage + Disconnectable
2. Transportation – five main options
- Pipeline: Long history of success in GoM;
- Shuttle Tankers: First use at Cascade/Chinook in 2010, common in North Sea;
- FSO + Shuttle Tankers: Common elsewhere in world, studied for GoM;
- One Hiload + Conventional Tankers for FPSO: only new part is HiLoad prototype;
- Two HiLoads + conventional tankers for Semi/Spar.
The Lower Tertiary Trend in GoM:Scene of the future "Shoot out at the LT Corral"
Lower Tertiary Trend - Encouraging Industry Results
Lower Tertiary Block Ownership
Not a traditional line up for a frontier