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OTC Names 2024 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

The 2024 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Board of Directors has selected its Distinguished Achievement Award recipients, honoring Kerry J. Campbell for individual achievement and Petrobras’ Marlim and Campos Basin for institutional achievement, while recognizing EnerGeo Alliance with a Special Citation. Recipients will be honored during the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Event Reception Sunday, 5 May at NRG Center located in Houston, Texas.

OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals
Kerry J. Campbell is selected for his pioneering work in developing modern Deepwater site characterization practice and for teaching and mentoring generations of site characterization professionals.

Campbell is no stranger to the OTC technical program. He has served on OTC’s MTS program subcommittee and has helped organize and co-chaired several OTC technical sessions. He has authored or co-authored seventeen OTC papers. He authored his first paper in 1982 and went on to receive the 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) OTC Hall of Fame Award for his 1988 paper titled, “The Importance of Integrated Studies to Deepwater Site Investigation.”

Before he retired from Fugro in 2020, Campbell helped pioneer the use of 3-D marine seismic data for engineering applications: 3-D exploration seismic data for preliminary regional characterization and field development screening applications, and AUV ultra-high-resolution 3-D seismic data for detailed characterization of faults and other potential geohazards at proposed suction anchor sites. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in engineering site survey design and the interpretation of marine high-resolution seismic data for geohazards assessment, site selection, and foundation engineering purposes.

OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions
This year’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions is awarded to Petrobras for the deployment of a wide set of new technologies for the successful revitalization of the Marlim Field and the entire deepwater Campos Basin, unlocking new paths for mature deepwater asset redevelopment, with significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Campos Basin exploration dates to December 1974 with the drilling of the first wildcat well in the Garoupa field. This heralded a series of discoveries in shallow waters from 1974 to 1983 and in deepwater (greater than 1,000 feet) from 1984 onward. Petrobras played a pioneering role in the deepwater industry and was recognized by OTC in 1992 for “outstanding technical achievements related to the development of deepwater production systems ” in Marlim. Now, 31 years later, Petrobras will be recognized for its commitment to the redevelopment of these mature fields and the pioneering subsea, drilling, reservoir, and decommissioning technologies for such an endeavor.

This is notably evidenced by the successful launch of two new floating production storage and offloading (FPSOs) within the Marlim field, both of which commenced production in 2023, along with the drilling, completion, and interconnection of more than 30 new production wells and 15 new water injection wells to other existing infrastructure in Campos Basin since January 2020. The two new FPSOs replace nine floating units currently in decommissioning, some of which date back to Marlim’s original development in the 1990s.

Petrobras’ pioneering technologies dedicated to life extension and reuse of existing subsea equipment, which include the largest flexible pipe life extension and reuse program in the world, are some of the many SURF innovations applied in Campos Basin and shaping guidance being incorporated in worldwide standards. Their innovative construction method TOT-3P (True One Trip 3 Phases) reduced well construction duration in Campos Basin by up to 50% and set a new benchmark for efficient well construction in the area. Innovative riser decommissioning pull-out procedure, which eliminates the use of a topside pull-out winch and diving operations, is also contributing to the safe and efficient decommissioning of five FPSOs and four large-scale subsea structures just over the next three years.

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