2012 Tulane Engineering Forum School of Science and Engineering
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James Wiseman

James Wiseman

Deepwater Project Manager

James Wiseman is a deepwater project manager with 20 years experience – 5 working at Noble Energy. He has specific experience in the planning, contracting, and execution of design, installation, and commissioning of deepwater subsea production systems as well as offshore experience supervising the execution of these projects. Previous project accomplishments include the Sanction and execution of the Gunflint deepwater project in the Gulf of Mexico, the eight-well brownfield addition to the Ceiba field in Equatorial Guinea, the subsea commissioning management for the Okume project (also in Equatorial Guinea) and planning and offshore supervision of the commissioning of the BP Mardi Gras export pipeline system.

Presentation Description

In late 2013 Noble Energy sanctioned two long distance deepwater tieback projects: Big Bend/Dantzler and Gunflint. Each field development is comprised of a 45-plus mile pipe-in-pipe flowline loop and associated subsea infrastructure. Just 10 years ago, these fields would have been considered “stranded” because they would have been too expensive to develop. Recent advances in thermal design, flow assurance chemicals, and a new-build smaller but more innovative installation vessel allowed Noble to monetize these resources. The contracting and execution strategy was tailored to share and balance risk between the two projects, and to minimize duplication of work. The presentation will explain how lessons learned from Big Bend/Dantzler were used to improve the Gunflint execution and will show how the program approach of bundling the projects resulted in significant cost savings.

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