OTC Honours Achievement Award Recipients May 3

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Elmer (Bud) Danenberger

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The Offshore Technology Conference will honour the 2015 Achievement Award Recipients at the annual dinner on May 3, in Houston, Texas, United States of America

THE 2015 Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, will kick off on Sunday, May 3, in Houston, Texas, with its annual dinner to honour the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Achievement Awards. OTC will recognize Elmer (Bud) Danenberger III for individual achievement, the Petrobras pre-salt development for corporate achievement, and Ray R. Ayers with the Heritage Award.

Danenberger III will be honored for his significant contributions to offshore safety and environmental protection. Danenberger held a 38-year career with the U.S. Department of the Interior in the offshore oil and gas programme. He initiated the MMS industry awards programme and co-authored legislation leading to offshore renewable energy and alternate use authority.

Danenberger approved and monitored the first exploratory drilling in the North Atlantic and the first California development north of Point Conception. He also authored pioneering papers on the causes and occurrence rates for OCS oil spills and blowouts, which are still widely referenced today.

During his post-retirement consulting, he consulted with the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and was one of the principal investigators for the Blowout Risk Assessment, BORA, Joint Industry Project, among other accomplishments.

OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions recognizes Petrobras’ pre-salt development for their successful implementation of ultra-deepwater solutions and setting new water depth records. Petrobras increased their efforts in technology development to exploit this hard-to-access resource, in waters up to 2,200 m (7,200 ft). By the end of 2014, Petrobras was producing more than 700,000 bpd of oil in the pre-salt layer of the Campos and Santos basins.

The oil and gas production in this challenging environment demanded the development of different riser systems, which were successfully applied and are now available for the industry. Additionally, Petrobras achieved a significant reduction in the drilling and completion time for wells.

Also, the OTC Heritage Awards is presented to Ray R. Ayers, PhD, PE, in recognition of his 50+ years in offshore research and development contributions to the industry through joint-industry programmes he formed at Shell and research and development work he performed for the Pipeline Research Council International, DeepStar, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and Research Partnerships to Secure Energy for America.

Early in his career, Ayers led a number of significant developments, including testing of techniques to measure and arrest buckles in offshore pipelines, and performing the first wave tank testing of oil spill clean-up on water, which formed the basis for the design of current-day booms and skimmers. He later led programs to make deepwater fiber rope mooring systems safer and more cost-effective, and he formed the DW RUPE Pipeline and HP/HT Flowline repair projects to improve environmental safety. Ayers has been awarded 49 patents and has received numerous other technical and leadership awards, including one from the American Gas Association for “Engineer of the Year.”

The Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. Founded in 1969, OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia, according to a statement signed and made available to Realnews by Dana Otillio, senior manager of Marketing, Americas.

—  May 11, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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