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IPTC “Excellence in Project Integration” Award

Sunday, 19 January 2014, 1900–2200 hours, St Regis Hotel Doha

It is vital for our industry to continue to share lessons from successfully integrated complex and capital-intensive projects that embody excellence. The IPTC board and sponsoring societies believe in highlighting projects that have demonstrated distinction throughout the entire value chain and recognise such projects with a special award. Projects completed before January 2014 and above USD 500 million equivalent are invited for consideration of this important award.

The Excellence in Project Integration Award is given to a project that adds value to a company, whether an NOC or IOC, through the entire process and value chain and exemplifies strong teamwork, solid geoscience knowledge, reservoir and production engineering acumen, determined and watchful construction, and outstanding facilities engineering practices. Equally important, successful projects require a pervasive culture of HSE. The project must have had a positive impact on the country, the region or the world.

The awards committee consists of 10 members, including four (4) IPTC board members and six (6) industry leaders that possess strong technical reputations and are in a position to be independent from various pressures.


Award Finalists

MANIFA by Saudi Aramco

The Manifa Project is considered Saudi Aramco’s flagship achievement for 2012 in terms of the company’s commitment to both its production capacity and environmental stewardship. This mega-project is located in a coastal and ecologically sensitive area that includes a productive shrimping and fishing zone. Our efforts earned a UNESCO Environmental Responsibility Award nomination.

The Manifa Project went into service in April 2013 and will reach its production capacity of 900,000 barrels per day of Arabian heavy crude, with 90 million cubic feet of associated gas, and 65,000 barrels per day of condensate, by the end of 2013. Highlighting this project’s major accomplishments was the construction of over 41 kilometres of offshore causeways for drill sites, three kilometres of bridges for field access, 27 drilling islands and 13 offshore platforms. Further, there is a 420-megawatt high-efficiency cogeneration plant for waste heat recycling and energy reuse.

Pearl GTL by Qatar Shell

Pearl GTL is the world’s largest Gas-to-Liquids plant and represents one of the world’s largest, most complex and challenging energy projects ever commissioned.  From the origins of the Shell GTL technology nearly 40 years ago to the creation of the world’s GTL capital in Qatar today, the delivery of a GTL project on such a vast scale as Pearl GTL is an example of a uniquely integrated development. It captures in one project an extended gas value chain starting from offshore subsurface development, through onshore gas processing to natural gas, to the conversion of natural gas to hydrocarbon liquids, to the refining to finished products and storage, and finally to the dispatching and worldwide marketing of unique GTL products. Pearl GTL has incorporated some truly innovative technologies and created value locally as well as globally. It has also demonstrated excellence in project implementation and, above all, was delivered while achieving a record breaking HSE performance.

PERDIDO by Shell Netherlands

Perdido is the world’s deepest offshore oil drilling and production platform. Moored in 2,450 metres (8,000 feet) of water in the Gulf of Mexico, it opened up a new frontier in deep-water oil and gas production.

The Perdido project is a spar-based development of three ultra-deepwater fields in the remote southwestern part of the Gulf of Mexico. At the time of the fields’ discovery in 2002-04, their safe and economic development was thought to be close to impossible. Extreme water depth, rugged seafloor terrain, low-pressure reservoirs, and well fluids with an aggressive hydrate-formation tendency – all conspired to make it a daunting challenge.

But the Perdido project team did make it happen. It required integrating a series of technology firsts across a range of disciplines. And in so doing, several world records were set: deepest drilling and production platform; deepest subsea completion; deepest undersea pipeline connection.

The Perdido spar has a peak daily production capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of gas. Shell has a 35% interest in the platform and is the operator.

The finalists will present their projects at a special session during the IPTC conference and the winner will be announced at a special Awards Dinner to be held on Sunday, 19 January 2014, at the St. Regis Doha.