SHANGHAI, CHINA, 16-17 JUNE 2011 – High demand for ocean engineering equipment in China has led to strong investment in the domestic offshore market. In the next 5 years, the investment in offshore ocean engineering equipment in China will be more than 45 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for over 10% of global growth. In the next five years, China will develop more than 30 offshore oilfields which will need more than 10 new and modified FPSOs.
The 2nd Annual China FPSO Summit 2011 occurred on 16-17 June 2011 in Crowne Plaza, Shanghai, China. Major oil companies, shipyards, ocean engineering companies and government officials came together to discuss the development of the most advanced technology and aimed to find the best solution providers.
Following the welcoming address from Zhao Guotong, Counsellor of Shanghai Municipal Government and the opening speech from Chen Xiaoguang, Deputy Director of Shanghai Maritime Affair Bureau the event began with speaker Yu Jianxing, Deputy Director-General of Chinese Ocean Engineering Society as well as the Vice President of Tianjin University. He suggested that we should provide theoretical and technical support for the safe production of offshore oil and gas, as the risk data base of new floating production equipments in the world is not complete and perfect. The afternoon of day one included a speech from Xu Sheng, President of Whale Offshore Engineering Co., Ltd; as his company is the first ocean engineering private enterprise in China, he has a lots of experience and lessons to share on offshore platform designs. He stated that currently, it is the transition period for shipbuilding companies from single shipbuilding business to multiple ocean engineering businesses. He spoke of the difficulties his company had met over the years and mentioned the current projects and ideas of offshore platform. His speech was thoroughly enjoyed by the attending delegates as his vast knowledge provides great value to most of shipbuilding companies even some state-owned companies. Furthermore, Zhao Zhiming, Executive Deputy Director-General of China Petroleum & Petrochemical Equipment Industry Association (CPEIA) spoke at length about how China’s ocean engineering industry is going on recently. He introduced development process of offshore oil in China, offshore oil production projects and equipment, and prospects for deep-water oil production in China, which is closely related to China’s national conditions and ocean engineering equipments. Very good, well organized, thoughtful service, high quality speech. Impressive, Shanghai Sidian Ship Design Co Ltd
Day 2 of the event was opened by Zhao Gengxian, Researcher, CSSC 708 Institute (MARIC), Master of Ship Design, and because of his great contribution to the industry and several years of front line experience, he was able to share a lot of information and talked in depth about new challenges of FPSO technology. He brought up some case studies, such as ‘Collision with Yoke’s Ballast Tank and Ship Hull, 1995’ to illustrate his points clearly. Also, he pointed out all the common accidents that had occurred over the years during the FPSO operation, he did this, in order to arouse people’s attention and concern. These ‘accidents’ reflect that FPSO technologies and regulations need to be improved. . His presentation aroused the concern of all the attendees about how to make ensure safety and reliability in operation. Later on in day two, Song Zhiwen, Director and Structural Engineer, COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd; took to the podium and talked about FPSO conversion track record in China. Mr. Song analyzed the typical procedure of FPSO and the challenges of project awarding, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and project management, which was very worthwhile information to all the shipbuilding building companies on site. High-end, efficient, good communication platform High-end, efficient, good communication platform, China Shipbuilding NDRI Engineering Co Ltd
New innovations at the event came from Rob Duffin, Director of SPS Overlay Intelligent Engineering. His presentation introduced the revolutionary Sandwich Plate System; he commented that it is superior in every practical way to conventional, stiffened steel plate. SPS is a new generation of building material, bringing shipbuilding and civil engineering industries to the threshold of a new era. He played a video to show the impact demonstration and gave further introduction on what are Sandwich Plate System (SPS), SPS global perspective, FPSO life extension, and FPSO conversions-compact double hull. Further introductions came from Wang Jianfeng Deputy Director of New Energy Research Center. He introduced the Liwan 3-1, Super Large Natural Gas Platform in the South China Sea, which is the first Chinese-foreign cooperative deep-water project in China's sea area. His case study introduced the project background, project proceedings, equipment types, structure designs, offshore installation, and creative and technical difficulties, through vivid images and specific data. Liwan 3-1 project attracted all the audience’s attention and interests. An eye opener, learn new things from fellow industrial professors, Northbridge Industrial Services Pte Ltd.
Other notable speakers came from Chinese Ocean Engineering Society, Dresser Rand, China Maritime Arbitration Commission, GE Oil&Gas, Marine Equipment Industry Development Research Center China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, Northbridge Industrial Services Pte Ltd, Helkama Bica (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, Shanghai Shipbuilding Technology Research Institute, China Welding Association, The Export-Import Bank of China, CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technology, China Ship Marketing Research Center and H & Y Law Firm. We hope such relatively professional conferences will be carried out in the future,China Ship Design & Research Center Co Ltd.
Noppen would like to express special thanks to all the 2nd Annual China FPSO Summit sponsors Northbridge Industrial Services, Dresser Rand, GE Oil & Gas, Intelligent Engineering (UK) Ltd, Helkama Bica (Shanghai) Co Ltd, Genie, Deepblue Pte Ltd and Compressor Controls (Beijing) Corp Ltd