Postponed – Evolution of Bacchus Subsea Well Interventions Using Rig and Light Well Intervention Vessels – Rod Farquhar – Apache

March 2020

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In light of the current situation with the COVID 19 virus this meeting is postponed – we will keep you updated as to when this will be presented.

Evolution of Bacchus Subsea Well Interventions Using Rig and Light Well Intervention Vessels

Rod Farquhar, Apache



A suite of subsea intervention case histories at the Bacchus oil field in the North Sea will demonstrate how one operator matured intervention planning to address well entry challenges using learnings gained over the course of successive jobs.  This contributed to better management and mitigation of potential risks leading to slickline performance improvement for gas lift valve reconfiguration, the successful deployment of coiled tubing to clean out asphaltene deposits in a live subsea oil well from a monohull vessel and setting of a retrofit gas lift straddle to optimize and secure production.  The paper outlines intervention asset selection, work programme development and risk mitigation measures related to subsea tree valve function issues and loss of full bore access caused by asphaltene and wax deposits.  Light well intervention vessel and mobile rig operations using deployment methods including slickline, digital slickline, electric line and coiled tubing are described.  The role of production technology work undertaken to better understand the nature of organic deposits in the wells and how that contributed to anticipating well access risks and inform intervention planning will be highlighted.  These real field examples add to the knowledge base of well services and production technology challenges faced during subsea well intervention and highlights approaches to overcome them.



Rod graduated from Strathclyde University in 1987 with a BEng (hons) in Mining and Petroleum Engineering before completing a PhD at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University.  Rod has worked in technical and leadership roles across rock mechanics, well services, cased hole data processing, petroleum engineering consultancy, production engineering, production chemistry, well P&A and new development projects.  With a service sector background, Rod has 16 years operator experience with Marathon and Apache since 2012, providing Production Technology advice. Rod has authored papers on core analysis, rock mechanics, production chemistry and well intervention and co-chaired a series of SPE Applied Technology Workshops on integrated water management.