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Technology, safety for new deep offshore environment


Arrowville Energy Limited is holding in Lagos a Technology seminar on July 30, which is the first of four seminars it is running this year in Lagos and London on Technology and Safety.

The Executive Chairman of Arrowville, Abiola Sowole, explained that technology and safety are key to the survival and development of deep offshore oil and gas exploration and production companies.

According to her, the drastic fall in crude oil price should not lead to the cutting of costs on training in safety. Indeed, apart from the importance of protecting human lives, asset integrity and the environment through continuous improvements in safety, recent research on process safety indicates that new concepts, such as “Operational Excellence”, which are used to develop process safety, include business activities and management programmes related to overall operational performance, such that not only is safety improved but also the industry is assisted in becoming more efficient and more profitable.


She said that technology-enabled cost reduction strategies are also important for the survival of deep offshore oil and gas exploration and production operations. “This informs the title of the Lagos Technology seminar of July 30, 2018. Presentations will be made on topics such as “Technology Innovations for the Development of Deep Offshore Fields for High Productivity”, “Application of Modeling and Simulation Tools for High Capacity Utilization of Equipment and Facilities”, “Automation and Mechanization of High-Cost Repetitive Activities” (e.g. Drilling and Well Completion Activities), “Utilization of Mobility Technologies for Higher Efficiency of Offshore Personnel”, “Use of Robotic Technology for Safe and Cost-Effective Technology” (e.g. to inspect difficult-to-access elements like offshore risers and to pilot unmanned aerial vehicles – i.e. drones – into areas which are dangerous for human activities), “Cost-Effective Technologies for Carbon Dioxide and Methane Emissions Reduction”, she added.

Speakers for the July 30 Technology seminar are Professor Euan Nisbet, foundation professor of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, and Dr. Lateef Akanji, senior lecturer at the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen.

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