The Offshore - An Engineering Challenge
- D.G. Russell (Shell Oil Co.)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- April 1969
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 369 - 445
- 1969. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.6 Drilling Operations, 4.5.2 Platform Design
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An Interview with D.G. Russell
Offshore petroleum exploration and production on a worldwide basis continuesto expand at an extraordinary rate. Current worldwide production is about 6.5million B/D. The domestic scene, dampened somewhat by the Santa Barbara blowoutand the proposed new operating guidelines, shows signs of a quick return torecord activity. This special Offshore Issue of JPT includes six technicalarticles dealing with many phases of offshore operations. The paper by Lewis G.Weeks, beginning on Page 377, provides an overview of the current offshorepicture. The special JPT feature on the First Annual Offshore TechnologyConference begins on Page 429. SPE and AIME have played a major role indeveloping the Conference, which is cosponsored by nine of the world's leadingtechnical and scientific organizations. Included in the feature is the completetechnical program, with abstracts of some of the papers to be presented. TheSPE program was developed by the sub-committee headed by E. E. Sands, Jr., withUnion Oil Co. of California in Houston. Also included is a complete listing,beginning on Page 441, of the more than 330 technical exhibits that will be ondisplay at the Conference. A certain "mystery" still overshadows theoffshore. Questions such as "How can oil companies pay these high pricesfor offshore leases?" and "Where are the best undeveloped offshoreprospects?" are topics of considerable conversation. To secure an expert'sappraisal of these and other issues, JPT asked D. G. Russell, ProductionManager for the Southeastern Region of Shell Oil Co., to provide readers withhis views. Don is well known to JPT readers for his numerous publications, butis perhaps best known as coauthor of the Society's first monograph, PressureBuildup and Flow Tests in Wells.
Q. What do you think the short (9 months to a year) and long range effectsof the Santa Barbara crisis will be?
A. The over-all effects of the Santa Barbara crisis are difficult to assessat the present time. Certainly there are some short range effects alreadyapparent; for example, the suspension of operations in the Santa Barbarachannel and the postponement of Gulf of Mexico lease sales pending issuance ofnew drilling regulations. As to long range effects, the industry will simplyhave to wait to assess these until the Department of the Interior doespromulgate new drilling and production regulations for the offshoreenvironment.
Q. In your opinion, how do how do most oil company managements view offshoreresources today --- from art economical standpoint? from a technologicalstandpoint?
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