Concept stage site assessments, deepwater development risks, and long-term value preservation: Why getting it right the first time is more important than ever

William C. Haneberg, Kerry J. Campbell, Brian Mackenzie

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Abstract

Concept stage site assessments based on exploration 3D seismic data and other existing information are critical elements in the deepwater field development sequence. Such assessments help create value by defining site conditions and geohazards that may eventually constrain development, which in turn allows risks to be properly evaluated before significant development decisions are made. Several decades of deepwater development consulting experience, however, have shown that-despite their great value-concept stage site assessments are often not undertaken because 1) decision makers do not know that the assessments should or could be performed, or 2) there is a misconception that money can be saved by skipping steps or executing steps out of sequence in order to fast-track a development. As shown by way of two examples, decisions not to perform concept stage site assessments-even in cases where the necessary data are already available and free of additional cost-can be expensive mistakes that result in project delays if surveys have to be repeated or field layouts changed. In other words, human decision makers become significant and-unlike those associated with geohazards-largely indefinable elements of risk if short-term savings accrued by doing it wrong the first time are prioritized while the potentially more significant costs of having to do it right the second time are marginalized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOffshore Technology Conference Asia 2016, OTCA 2016
Pages800-814
Number of pages15
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventOffshore Technology Conference Asia 2016, OTCA 2016 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Mar 22 2016Mar 25 2016

Publication series

NameOffshore Technology Conference Asia 2016, OTCA 2016

Conference

ConferenceOffshore Technology Conference Asia 2016, OTCA 2016
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period3/22/163/25/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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