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Offshore Technology Conference names 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award recipients

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) announced Feb. 12 that it will present its 2013 Distinguished Achievement awards on May 5 at the annual OTC dinner to Ken Arnold for individual achievement and to Total Exploration and Production for corporate achievement. In addition, Heritage awards will be presented to E. Dendy Sloan, PhD, and to James Brill, PhD. The May 5 dinner kicks off the conference for offshore development, which will be held May 6-9 in Houston, Texas.

Arnold is being recognized for his leadership and contributions to the E&P industry. His achievements include playing an integral role in the offshore industry’s focus on safety through the development of recommended practices for offshore design and safety management; and developing approaches to both equipment sizing and facility project management that are still in use today. He has also been instrumental in the effort to establish oilfield facilities engineering as a recognized technical engineering specialty.

Total is being honored for its Pazflor deep offshore development in Angola. Now 18 months into production, Pazflor is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated deep offshore developments to date. In addition to the first use of subsea separation and pumping on a wide scale, the project included the construction of the world’s largest floating production storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessels, and one of the most complex subsea networks. Pazflor made a significant contribution to industrial development in Angola, with 3.5 million man-hours of work undertaken locally. The field started up one month ahead of schedule in August 2011.

Brill and Sloan are being recognized for their leadership and pioneering spirit. Brill, who is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, is a trailblazer in the discipline of multiphase flow in pipes and wells. His research in this area led to the formation of the university’s fluid-flow projects. He also founded the university’s paraffin-deposition projects. Brill has published more than 200 technical papers and research reports.

Sloan has been an industry leader, professor and researcher in the area of hydrates for four decades. The modeling and simulation tools resulting from his research are used daily for the design and operation of offshore production systems. In 1993, he founded the International Conference on Gas Hydrates. Two decades later, the conference has grown to more than 1,000 participants. He has authored more than 230 publications and five books on hydrates in flow assurance.

Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference provides a forum for energy professionals to exchange ideas and opinions in order to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. While OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston, it has also expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia.   


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