Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Ultra-deepwater and Unconventional Resources Program)
Deepwater Riserless Interventions System (RIS)
DTC International, Inc.
Superior Energy Services
NOV Texas Oil Tools
Deepwater Research Inc.
Det Norske Veritas
DTC International, Inc. proposes to develop a Riserless Intervention System (RIS) that is capable of conducting both Wireline and Coiled Tubing (future upgrade) operations on subsea completed wells with wellhead shut-in pressures up to 15,000 psi (upgradeable to 20,000 psi) and wellhead flowing temperatures up to 300 °F (upgradeable to 350 °F) in water depths up to 12,000 feet. The RIS will be developed as part of a fully integrated Subsea Well Intervention System (SWIS) that is capable of conducting both Riser-Based (Thru-Drilling Riser and Open Water) and Riserless (Wireline and Coiled Tubing) Interventions on both Vertical (VXT) and Horizontal (HXT) Christmas Trees.
The objectives of this project are (1) to develop a Deepwater Riserless Intervention System (RIS) capable of conducting typical wireline interventions in water depths up to 10,000 feet, (2) to progress the design to the point that that it is certified, ready to fabricate, (3) to establish the cost of conducting a typical wireline intervention using the RIS, (4) to verify the anticipated cost savings achievable with the RIS, and (5) to develop a business case for commercialization of the RIS.
Additional objectives established by DTC are (6) to develop the RIS as part of a fully integrated Subsea Well Intervention System (SWIS) capable of conducting both Riser-based and Riserless Interventions, (7) to increase the maximum water depth rating to 12,000 feet, (8) to increase the maximum pressure rating to 15,000 psi and for potential upgrading to 20,000 psi, (9) to increase the maximum temperature rating to 300 °F and for potential upgrading 350 °F, (10) to eliminate all downlines from the intervention vessel except for the ROV deployment cable and to eliminate all connections between the RIS and the intervention vessel and ROV, (11) to develop standardized interfaces between the RIS and subsea trees to minimize potential interface problems and issues and to offer these standardized interfaces to the subsea industry for adoption by the operators and/or standardization societies such as ISO and API, and (12) to develop a business case for a SWIS “Tool Pool” which would include the RIS.
The RIS Development Project is estimated to require twenty-four months to complete. Major Project Deliverable are as follows: Project Management Plan; Technology Status Assessment Report; Technology Transfer Plan; System Architecture and Design Basis Report; System Design and Analysis Report; Operational Planning Report; TRAP, HAZOP/HAZID, and FMECA Analyses Report; RIS Component Design Report; Vessel Requirements, Motion Predictions and Deck Handling Study; Design Verification Report; Business Case Development Plan; and a Final Project Summary Report and Presentation.
EXPECTED IMPACTS AND BENEFITS:
The RIS proposed by DTC is expected to have the following major benefits: (1) reduce the cost of conducting wireline intervention operations by as much as 50% or more; (2) significantly shorten the planning and preparation time for intervention operations; (3) reduce the need for reallocation of critical resources from other projects; (4) reduce the impact on the environment; (5) greatly reduce the risk of equipment damage, loss of well control, or discharge of fluids to the environment; (6) significantly increase the operating envelope for the RIS by eliminating all downlines and connections between the RIS and the intervention vessel and ROV, (7) be applicable for use on =80% of the subsea wells in the deepwater and ultra-deepwater areas of the GoM by developing a RIS which is initially rated for 15,000 psi and 300 °F, but is designed for upgrading to 20,000 psi and 350 °F.
Principal Investigator: Bill Parks
Project Started: January 6, 2010
Project Ends: April 5, 2012
Total Estimated Cost: $4,315,890.00
RPSEA Maximum Share: $3,382,017.00
DTC International, Inc.: $933,873.00
RPSEA - Jim Chitwood (firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-372-2820)
DTC International, Inc. – Bill Parks (email@example.com or 832-590-8800)