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OGFG – February Technical Talk. Disruption in Field Development – From a Nice to Have to a Have to Have. Some Case Histories of How We Engineered It.

February 16, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Disruption in Field Development – From a nice to have to a have to have.  Some case histories of how we engineered it.  By Rodney Silberstein,  from ARV Offshore.

Challenges to field development economics are not new to oil & gas developments. Even in high price markets, ensuring profits in low production outcome scenarios requires innovative approaches and most commonly we do things differently only when we have to. The fear is that doing things differently will turn out to cost more, not less, and usually we hear only about the problems.

Success stories of a number of developments are presented, in which step change to cost has been achieved and was not derailed by an over-looked detail. In many cases, some enabling breakthrough technology has been developed, made possible by a supportive working and contractual environment. These technologies include pipeline stabilisation, platform installation, mooring systems and, above all, include a great understanding of the life cycle of design through construction to operation and decommissioning.


About Rodney Silberstein, he is an engineer with a 30+ years career evenly split between design (mostly JPKenny), operation (mostly Unocal) and construction (mostly ARV).  He grew up in Perth, receiving a B Eng. in Civil Engineering in 1980 and commenced work with 4 years at the Public Works Dept. (PWD), designing marine structures and building water supply and sewerage systems (think of him next time you’re using the Margret River scheme).  Like many other West Aussies, he went to London for 2 years and entered the offshore oil & gas sector with Brown & Root (UK), followed by formative 11 years with JPKenny, starting with 5 others in Perth in 1984.  His career path took him to Sydney and later Bangkok, where he joined Unocal Thailand to redesign the facilities in the Gulf of Thailand.  In 2005 he left to set up ARV Offshore and 5 years later returned to Perth for the Australian version.  During this career he has gravitated towards the challenging, marginal, innovative projects to apply engineering and commercial drivers to optimise the solutions.


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February 16, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Mia Yellagonga (Woodside)
11 Mount St
Perth, Western Australia 6000 Australia
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