Cooperation in Subsea SystemsWed, 01/25/2012 - 15:36
Q: Which international best practices has Cameron developed through its cooperation with deepwater leaders, and how has this experience impacted the company’s innovation strategy?
A: For many years, Cameron has worked with global deepwater leaders like Petrobras to develop subsea production technologies that meet stringent design and quality requirements. The years of joint collaboration have led to state-of-the-art technology, local manufacturing of subsea production systems, and quality performance in the field. As a company, we continue to invest in expanding existing facilities and building new manufacturing installations. We are also planning to complete a local R&D centre in Brazil, which will be extremely useful for both our clients and major engineering universities there.
Q: What do you consider to be critical success factors for deepwater development in Mexico from an operational and technical standpoint?
A: One key factor is gaining a complete understanding of the challenges that our clients are facing, in order to work both with them and other equipment suppliers to develop solutions. If needed, Cameron seeks the professional services of advisors with experience in deepwater projects. Where possible, we have become a non-operator partner on projects in order to familiarize ourselves with the development process.
Q: Which international best practices could help Pemex to move successfully from shallow to deepwater development and overcome the accompanying infrastructure challenges?
A: Our early engineering engagement team can reduce risks, by helping find best uses for our hardware and software, which can help increase value and decrease time to recover initial investment. Standardization of some equipment, such as subsea trees, will help Cameron to employ a similar programme as the one we have in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Q: Which opportunities do you see for local supplier, service providers and research institutions to participate in Mexico’s deepwater development?
A: The development of offshore resources is an excellent opportunity for Cameron to utilize local suppliers in Mexico, including engineering support and design and fabrication of piping modules. Cameron has a history of utilizing local capabilities for module fabrication throughout the world. Facilities are also established for supporting the offshore operations to ensure readiness of service capabilities. We are constantly engaged in research and product development both independently and with leading global universities in order to maintain and develop our technical excellence.
Q: What opportunities does Cameron see in the supply of drilling technology for the upgrading of existing rigs as well as the supply of drilling technology for new rigs that will be constructed in Mexico?
A: Cameron has recently developed and manufactured the only 20,000 EVO blowout preventer in the world. We are collaborating with our clients in Mexico to tailor the stack design to local requirements, such as those of the Puskon exploratory campaign. We already have supplied blowout preventers and risers to the majority of the deepwater drilling contractors currently working in Mexico and have a leading market share in this segment.
Q: What are the key elements of the overall contribution that Cameron aspires to make to the long-term development of the Mexican oil and gas industry?
A: Cameron has had a presence in Mexico for over 50 years, and we currently employ approximately 300 people at our 6 facilities, dedicated to management, engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance and field service.
Our services include upstream products for drilling, completion and transmission, as well as downstream equipment for processing and compression. We plan to continue to invest in Mexico in order to support its energy needs and help to grow these local operations, as we have done over the past decades.