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Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

11:30 am – 1:30 pm CT (webinar starts at 12:30 pm)

Norris Conference Centers – Houston/Westchase

9990 Richmond Avenue, South Building, Ste. 102, Houston, TX 77042


A Case Study – A Systems Approach for 20 ksi Equipment Qualification

Beginning in August 2013, Anadarko Petroleum formed the “20A Project Initiative” for qualifying 20 ksi equipment for a Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GoM) development. This paper will cover the systems approach used for the qualification (verification, validation and quality) of a system of components, including sub-assemblies and assemblies that are required for a 20 ksi development. The systems approach begins with the framework and management of this framework inside the overall development process. The systems approach categorizes each component by mode of operation (many pieces of equipment are used in multiple operational modes). These modes of operation are Drilling, Completions, Production and Intervention, and are the engineering systems used to manage the qualification of over 200 components to industry standards and U.S. government requirements. The functional requirements for each component are defined and vendors selected. Each component is then stewarded through a project-management process for design, verification, validation and quality. This process culminates with the integration of these components back into a system that can be qualified for use in an HPHT environment. This paper addresses the submittal to regulatory authority for approval to use the newly developed and qualified 20 ksi equipment for a deepwater GoM development.

This project ends in 2019. This six-year development journey presented challenges and achieved breakthrough technologies for the industry. This journey, its organizational approach using systems engineering techniques and integration processes are presented.

Meet Our Speakers

Jim Raney

Jim Raney graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975. Jim joined Mobil Oil in 1981 after serving 6 years on active duty. He served in a variety of technical and management assignments with Mobil. At the merger of Exxon and Mobil in 1999, Jim served a technical advisor to ExxonMobil Production Company before joining Anadarko Petroleum’s International Division in 2001. He was called to active duty to support Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom soon after 9/11. In 2004, Jim Raney returned to Anadarko and is currently in the Director, Engineering & Technology.

Jim recently lead the Anadarko’s (now Oxy) HP/HT efforts to build 20,000 psi rig, BOP, riser, subsea equipment and subsurface equipment for a Gulf of Mexico (GoM) development.

Jim recently served as a member of the API Global Industry Service Committee (GISC) and API 16A, HPHT Work Group. He is past chairman of the API Global Industry Service Committee (GISC), API Committee on Standardization of Oilfield Equipment and Materials (CSOEM), API Monogram Program Board (MPB) and API Protocol for Equipment Rated above 15,000 psi Committee (TR PER15K-1) and past member of the Board of Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA).