YP Simplified Series Presents:
Eider & Otter: Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Ewan Wright, Decommissioning Operations Engineer & Neil Paterson, Engineering Manager, TAQA
Registration and networking from 6.00 pm, with the event starting at 6.45 pm
Abstract: Oil production from TAQA’s Eider platform in the UK northern North Sea had become uneconomic after nearly 30 years in service. However, by converting the facility to a new utility role, supplying power and chemicals to the Otter field, the company has ensured continued operation of this asset until well into the next decade. This presentation tells the story of three closely interlinked projects which helped transform the operating model of an offshore platform and extend life of the Otter field to maximise the economic recovery of the area in line with the Oil and Gas Authority’s MER Strategy 2016.
Neil has worked for TAQA for five years, initially as Electrical Technical Authority before moving to his current role as Engineering Manager. Before this he worked for BP for ten years, including four years as Electrical Technical Authority for all upstream assets in the UK and Norway. Neil’s career started in the power generation industry, first in Hydro-Electric then Nuclear power stations. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the IET.
Ewan has worked at TAQA for five years, within both the Operations and Engineering functions. Ewan was the project engineer on the Eider Late Life project including the Otter Multiphase Pump (MPP) design, selection and installation. Prior to working at TAQA, Ewan spent 3 years at Wood as a mechanical engineer on the Brent Delta decommissioning project. Ewan holds a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and is working towards gaining CEng accreditation from the IMechE.
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