Maersk to develop BP 20K drilling technology concept
A year ago, in February 2012, BP had announced to launch its Project 20KTM for the next decade with a focus on four key areas:
– Subsea production systems
– Well design and completions
– Well intervention and containment.
The purpose of this new technology is set a new frontier in deep offshore oil and gas exploration and production.
BP and Maersk to drill deeper in higher temperatures
BP’s Project 20KTM program is covering the development of an integrated solution with systems and tools to meet the requirements of ultra deep offshore exploration and production..
The resulting new generation of drilling rigs shall be able to operate in high-pressure and high-temperature reservoirs.
Considering that current subsea equipment have a technical limit of 15,000 psi pressure and temperatures of 250 degrees Fahrenheit, BP and Maersk are targeting pressures up to 20,000 pounds per square inch (20 K psi), equal to 1,378 bar.
For the temperatures they plan to reach 177 degrees Celcius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).
In addition to outstanding drilling performances, BP‘s 20 KTM program addresses all the equipment to support the drilling operations, such as the risers and blowout preventer (BOP).
It will also include advanced operating systems to help the crew to:
– Capture instantly the situation on the drilling rig
– Facilitate decision making
– Ensure BOP mechanical performances
– Monitor on real-time the situation of the BOP
– Test continuously the BOP functionnalities
– Verify the state of rig structures and piping systems
Typically the 20K drilling rig program is designed to help BP and Maersk exploring and developing oil and gas rich deepwater where they have already the largest footprints such as in the Gulf of Mexico, including Kaskida and Tiber, and in Azerbaijan or Egypt,
To implement the development of the 20K program, BP and Maersk will created a joined task force in Houston, Texas, USA where stand main BP‘s exploration expertise and in Copenhagen, Denmark where stand Maersk Drilling’s headquarters.
KBR awarded BP 20KTM project management contract
– Management plans
– Capital expenditure and schedule estimates
– Risk assessment
KBR will also handle the supply chain management and the procurement services.
– Subsea production tree
– Subsea High Integrity Pressure Protection System.
With this new technology and the support from Maersk Drilling, KBR and FMC Technology, BP estimates that it can add 10-20 billion barrels of resources across its global offshore portfolio over the next 20 years.