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Subsea Center of Excellence


July 2006 Volume 2, Number 3

Contents A Message from Randy Kubota

2 Global Projects: Latin America We are halfway through the business year business plan such as the Deepwater
Business Unit
and we have some outstanding results on Leadership Team (DWLT) who worked with
2 Brazil Second Largest our scorecard. (See page 10 of this the Subsea Center of Excellence (CoE) and
Portfolio In Deepwater
newsletter.) Some major highlights are: endorsed a vision, mission, and strategy for
4 Field Trip: Offshore Drilling Chevron Subsea. The DWLT also requested
Rig I Organizational Capability:
that a five-year business plan for the CoE be
4 A First Visit to an Offshore G Staffing: we have exceeded our proposed, and roles and responsibility by
Drilling Rig hiring plan with experienced hires phase will be presented, as well, for
6 Subsea Technology college hires, and summer interns. discussion and endorsement in the August
We have hired seven in Aberdeen meeting. These documents can be found at
6 West Delta 109 Oil Pipeline
Replacement Project this year, as well as supporting the
hiring for Frade in Brazil. subseaintegr/default.asp.
8 Center of Excellence Update
G We are well above our targeted
8 Status Update All-Electric
Subsea Control System days of training and have With the successes there are issues that we
Pilot Project successfully launched two Subsea must keep our eyes on. Some of the major
Awareness training courses. issues are:
8 Update on the Subsea
Standards Program G Thirty standards and specifications I Prioritizing the work load. We must
9 Recruiting and Hiring are underway in the system. prioritize and do an excellent job at a
G We will roll out the Documentum few tasks and avoid doing a poor job
9 Training
Data Management Program shortly on all tasks.
10 Subsea Performance
to the unit. I Developing our employees. We need to
Scorecard July 2006
I Technical Development: The All- ensure that all of the subsea engineers
11 Welcome Aboard
Electric Control System is scheduled to have a good understanding of field
15 Article Guidelines for Future operations. We also need to make sure
be reviewed by the Chevron Upstream
Europe (CUE) Decision Review Board that our engineers are available for
(DRB) in August. We then hope to get short-term field assignments that
endorsement to move forward with support the business unit.
asset and rig schedule selection. The I We will be aligning with Drilling &
seabed pumping program is also Completions Team and Global
Published by: scheduled to be reviewed at the CUE Procurement (Category Management).
Chevron ETC Subsea Department September DRB meeting. These interfaces are critical to our
Editor: Linda Gonzales success and we will continue to work
I Strategy Research: We are proposing these for the remainder of the year.
two Strategic Research Programs for
Co-editor: Jami Fowler 2007 involving long-distance power and subsea gas compression. I would like to thank all of you for your
Design & Production: Kim-Chi Le help and contribution to our success. Please During the year, other business opportunities keep up the excellent work and maintain
arose that were not part of the original your high professional standards.
Global Projects: Latin America
Business Unit

Brazil Second Largest Portfolio In Deepwater

By Tim Miller and Mike Mileo
In 1997, Chevron and Texaco independ-
ently entered Brazil to pursue upstream
opportunities and establish new core
positions through a combination of impact
exploration and, in Texacos case,
discovered resource capture. Texacos
large downstream presence allowed early
access to Petrobras Frade Inversiones S.A.
(Petrobras) and a first-mover advantage to
secure a development project. Chevron Figure 1 Chevron holds a leadership position among the IOCs in Brazil
also invested aggressively in the Brazil
market for upstream resources a few years
Frade Field The current development strategy is a
later. Additionally, Unocal at one time
phased approached to subsurface
held more than 16 exploration blocks in The Frade field is a U.S. $2.4 billion evaluation; where evaluation of the
Brazil, but exited their positions before the deepwater development project (1,050 reservoir takes place as the first phase of
merger with Chevron. 1,300 meter water depth) located 120 wells are drilled, completed, and placed
kilometers off the coast of Brazil in the on production. Based on the results of the
Since entering the Brazilian market in prolific Campos basin. The project has Phase 1 well data and performance, a
1997, a varied portfolio of exploration just entered CPDEP Phase 4 with the decision will be made about continuing to
interests and discovered resource successful reporting of the Phase 4 GO-36 drill the Phase 2 wells. However, the
opportunities have been established. In to the executive committee in March, and project will design the processing facilities
1999, partnership was secured in five execution of all major facilities contracts and subsea architecture, as well as
blocks in ANP Round 0 including Frade, in June.
BC-20, and BS-4. That same year, BM- Continued on page 3
C-4 and BM-C-5 were acquired in ANP
Round 1. A year later, in 2000, two
additional exploration blocks were
awarded in ANP Round 2.

Chevron currently has the second largest

portfolio in deepwater Brazil, behind
Petrobras, based on discovered resources.
Our company is respected in Brazil
because of our upstream portfolio and
significant presence within the upstream
and downstream sectors.

As a greenfield site for upstream

operations, weve spent the last six months
developing detailed staffing plans for
Brazil and Houston. We acquired new
space in our downtown Rio de Janeiro
office this year and will be relocating to
three new floors in late 2006.

The following information describes the

Frade field and the BC-20 Concession and
BS-4 Assessment Areas and provides an
update of the status for each project. Figure 2 Frade Subsea System schematic

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Brazil Second Largest Portfolio . . .
Continued from page 2

procure materials, based on the p50

Contract Scope
number of wells. This is done to
effectively implement the Phase 2 drilling FMC Scope of supply includes all subsea hardware for the p50
program after the decision is made on development (trees, wellheads, PLETs, UTAs, etc.) and
how many wells to drill. It is anticipated represents the largest single subsea system contract awarded
that the Phase 2 wells will be drilled in Brazil
immediately following the Phase 1 wells
with no break in the drilling program. Wellstream Scope of supply is approximately 135 km of flexible pipe for
the production flowlines, water injection pipeline, gas
The development concept to implement export pipeline, risers, and well jumpers
this strategy consists of individual subsea
wells tied back to a floating, production, Marine Production Supply scope is approximately 35 km of control and
storage, offloading (FPSO) vessel. The Systems chemical umbilical; of this, approximately 20 km are for
Frade subsea system consists of a series of dynamic riser application
production, gas lift, and water injection
pipelines and umbilical. The current Acergy Scope of work is the installation of all flowlines, pipelines,
subsea architecture consists of each risers, umbilicals, well jumpers and flying leads, as well as
production well having its own insulated all subsea hardware, except wellheads and trees
6-inch flowline. However, the production
wells will be connected together in pairs to SBM Scope of supply is the detail design, procurement of all
provide for roundtrip pigging without equipment, construction, and installation of the FPSO. The
doubling the amount of risers required. A FPSO will be constructed from an existing very large crude
4-inch gas lift pipeline and the control and carrier (VLCC) trading tanker within SBMs fleet, and will
chemical umbilical will be arranged in a provide approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil storage
manifold configuration to supply up to after conversion. The completed FPSO will be purchased
from SBM by a special purpose company and chartered into
four production wells through each
Brazil by the operator, Chevron Brasil Ltda.
manifold. The water injection wells will be
connected through an 8-inch pipeline and
Transocean (This Scope of supply is for development well drilling and
umbilical loops on the periphery of the
contract was executed completion work, as well as final well tie-in. It also includes
reservoir. The wells will be individually in January 2006.) the conversion and upgrade of the Sedco 706 to drill in
tied back to an FPSO, with 150,000 BFPD 2,000 meter water depth.
processing capacity, and tanker offloading
and oil export to the Gulf of Mexico.
Associated gas export and sales is planned The following contracts for the major offshore the state of Rio de Janeiro. The
through the local Petrobras infrastructure. aspects of Frade field development, initial appraisal phase has been completed
A schematic of the subsea system is shown totaling approximately U.S. $1.6 billion, for Papa-Terra. Six wells have been drilled
in Figure 2. were fully executed in June. to date and significant resources have been
identified in three separate reservoirs.
The current p50 development plan consists The current project schedule is to complete
all major installation activities in 2008, Petrobras established a Papa-Terra
of 19 wells: 12 producers and 7 water
start development drilling, and achieve first development team in January. They are
injection wells. Phase 1 drilling program
production in late 2008 or early 2009. currently working on several full-field
consists of 13 wells: 7 producers and 6
development alternatives based on a
injectors. In addition, three disposable pilot
staged early development of the principal
wells will be drilled during the first phase BC-20 Concession Area Maastrichtian reservoir closely followed
to assist with placement of the initial wells.
Papa-Terra by development of the new Eocene
It is anticipated that the initial production
reservoir. Key assumptions for the field
rate for each well will average between This is the first of two discoveries to development include 31 horizontal
10,000 to 15,000 BFPD with a total field achieve a Declaration of Commerciality producers and 14 water injection wells
peak annual production rate of approxi- (DOC) within the BC-20 concession area. produced to a tension leg platform/
mately 80,000 BOPD for 2011. To Papa-Terra (the Brazilian name for the floating, storage, and offloading (TLP/
achieve these production rates, the wells Southern King Croaker) is operated by FSO) vessel or an FPSO. The aerial extent
will be horizontal, gravel pack comple- Petrobras, who has a 62.5% working of the field and reservoir complexity may
tions with gas lift. Water flooding from interest in the field, while Chevron holds require two or three separate production
day one will be required to maintain the the remaining 37.5% interest. This centers for full development.
high production rates from the horizontal Campos basin field lies in 1,200 meters
wells and sustain reservoir pressure. water depth, approximately 100 km Continued on page 5

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Field Trip: Offshore Drilling Rig

A First Visit to an Offshore Drilling Rig

By Kelsey Corrigan A sophomore at the University of Tulsa

One of the activities planned for summer

interns and employees new to Subsea is a
weekend trip to an offshore rig. On
Friday, June 15, Randy Kubota hosted a
trip to the ENSCO 7500 rig. Our morning
started at five o'clock on a Saturday,
which is never easy, and it becomes even
more difficult when you have just spent
the previous evening sightseeing in New
Orleans, Louisiana. Amazingly, Randy
was still able to gather up the entire group
for breakfast at 6 a.m. Afterward, we
arrived at the heliport anxious to head out
to the Gulf of Mexico. Before we knew it,
we were throwing on our life vests and
hopping in the helicopter.

An hour and a half and one fueling stop

later, the helicopter landed on the helipad
of the ENSCO 7500 drilling rig. The
ENSCO 7500 rig is located on Walker
Ridge Block 29 in approximately 5,200
feet of water, and will soon be moving to a Subsea Intern Field Trip Front row (L-R): Randy Kubota, Xiaolin Zhang, Inyene Ekpo, Kelsey
new location to begin drilling another well. Corrigan and Zachary Lampkin. Back row: Anderson Evans, Jordan Haug, and JR Watts

The first stop on our tour was at the

Control Room where the dynamic
position (DP) system is monitored. The
DP system can keep the drilling rig in one
general location even in a powerful storm.
Leaving the control room, we followed
our guides downstairs to look at the Mux
System, which is responsible for sending
commands to the subsea equipment. At
this point, we were about half way done
with our tour and it was time for lunch. It
just so happened that every Saturday they
serve delicious barbequed steaks. With the
majority of our group being comprised of
poor college students, we savored this
meal knowing that we would not eat
steaks of this size again any time soon.

After lunch, we walked out past the moon

pool. The moon pool is the opening where
the subsea equipment is lowered to the sea
floor. Here we could see the rig workers
pulling pipe. While on the rig, we were also
At ENSCO Front row (L-R): Anderson Evans, Xiaolin Zhang, Inyene Ekpo, Kelsey Corrigan and
Continued on page 5 Randy Kubota. Back row: Zachary Lampkin, Sheldon Langdon, Jordan Haug, and JR Watts

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A First Visit to . . .
Continued from page 4

able to see the ROV that they use for tasks below the surface.
Afterward, we traveled over to the mud room where all the
chemistry that goes into drilling mud takes place. The mud
engineers showed us samples of mud used on the drilling rig. To
conclude our tour of the rig, we walked up a set of stairs to look
at the shale shakers removing the cuttings before the recirculation
of the mud.

All in all, the trip was an amazing experience. It was our first
time visiting an offshore oil rig, and for many of us, it was our
first time flying in a helicopter. This trip gave us a first-hand look
at how a drilling operation works. I saw that it takes a very large
group of people from a broad range of companies and disciplines
to work together to complete a single project. Along with
Chevron employees, there were people from Halliburton,
Schlumberger, Oceaneering, and various other companies. We
learned how important the integration of all these people, with
their different areas of expertise, is to ensure a successful and safe
operation. At the end of the day, we all had a better understand-
ing of the machinery and the engineering behind a drilling
operation in water ranging from several hundred to several
thousand feet deep. After the long day on the rig, we all piled
back into the helicopter for the ride back to New Orleans.

Brazil Second Largest Portfolio . . .

Continued from page 3

BC-20 (609 Area) development is in shallower water, a This deepwater heavy-oil development
platform development with drilling will present new challenges to the
The BC-20-609 assessment area is capability is envisioned. The Eocene will partnership to extract the maximum
expected to become the second discovery likely be a tieback to the platform. value possible.
to achieve a DOC within the BC-20
concession area. Petrobras is the
operator, with a 70% working interest, BS-4 Assessment Area Summary
while Chevron holds the remaining 30%
BS-4 NE ETC has been an essential partner with
interest. This Campos basin field lies in
150 meters water depth, approximately BS-4 NE is one of two discoveries Brazil through all project phases by
85 km offshore the state of Rio de within the BS-4 assessment area. Shell integrating personnel within project
Janeiro. is operator with a 40% working teams, serving on Decision Review
interest, Petrobras also holds a 40%, Boards (DRBs), and providing technical
The majority of the accumulation occurs while Chevron holds the remaining services. The new ETC Early
in the Maastrichtian sand and a smaller 20% interest. This Santos basin field Development Concept team has been
volume in a nearby Eocene reservoir. lies in 1,500 meters water depth, instrumental in providing organizational
Low gravity crude (14-16 API), approximately 120 km offshore the capability to steward our non-operated
moderate oil viscosity (15-75 cp), and state of Rio de Janeiro. joint venture assets through the early
compartmentalization from both faulting CPDEP phases. We look forward to
and volcanics are expected in the The BS-4 asset is facing a December strengthening our partnership with the
reservoirs. Key assumptions for the field 2006 deadline to complete an Subsea Center of Excellence as we face
development include seven horizontal assessment program and file a DOC. the significant challenges ahead to
producers in the Maastrichtian, one Shell is currently drilling the final deliver first oil from Frade in 2009.
horizontal producer in the Eocene, and appraisal well to fulfill all work
no water injection wells. As this program requirements prior to DOC.

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Subsea Technology

West Delta 109 Oil Pipeline Replacement Project

By Baldev Sahota

West Delta Block 109 (WD 109) is located Number of Pipelines 16 Number of Pipelines with
five miles outboard of Southwest Pass in Storm
Reported inches or Pipelines with Damage Caused
Pipelines Greater in Damage Caused by Mooring
the most active sediment accumulation Damaged Diameter by Mudslides Drag
area of the Mississippi Delta. This area
experiences mudflows triggered by deep Tropical Storm Isidore 2002 2 1 1 0
waves during storms. The WD 109A
platform structure, designed and installed Hurricane Lili 2002 112 4 1 0
in 1980, has extra capacity to absorb
natural hazard loads from extreme Hurricane Ivan 2004 169 16 21 1
weather and mudslides.

Tropical Storm Arlene 2005 1 0 1 0

In this area, water depths can be increased
or reduced by the effect of mud flow. WD
Tropical Storm Cindy 2005 2 0 1 0
109A was originally installed in 184 ft of
water and a recent survey revealed that
Table 1 2002-2005 Mineral Management Service (MMS) Storm Damage Data
water depth has increased to 192 ft, which
imposes extra loads on to the platform
jacket and the foundation. Pipelines from A detailed investigation was undertaken Figure 1 shows the two pipeline routes
the platform have been repeatedly broken to propose a new pipeline route to that were developed.
by mudflows, requiring frequent and overcome most of the natural hazards.
expensive pipeline repairs. The team studied lessons learned and The project team reviewed and used
then selected a survey area and an environmental data and surrounding
The old WD 109 8-inch oil pipeline, with offshore survey contractor. The following geotechnical data for the pipeline design.
a northern route, suffered five leaks from work was undertaken to develop two The 58-inch wall thickness for a standard
1980 to 2001. This pipeline was moving pipeline routes: 6-inch pipe for an ASME Class 900#
westward and there were concerns about system was selected based on lessons
stresses on the pipe caused by this move-
I Use acquired high-resolution data to learned on other pipelines.
ment. In 2001, a new 8-inch oil pipeline assess probable mudflow dynamics
was constructed and placed in service. Several challenges that currently face the
I Determine two optimal pipeline
This pipeline experienced severe damage team must be resolved safely. These
routes, between WD 109A platform
four times by July 2005 and is now out of challenges are pipe coating for the
and proposed tie-ins in northwest
commission. The last pipeline damage mudslide area, transportation of pipes
WD 128 and northwest SP 88, with
caused significant production loss from with an extremely tight schedule, laying
respect to natural and man-made
WD Block 109 and the field is still non- anchors close to the shipping fairway, and
productive. The 12-inch gas pipeline, with installing most of the pipeline in the busy
a southeastern route, has experienced I Determine the positions of all shipping lane.
fewer problems. existing flowlines and pipelines in
the vicinity of the proposed routes Continued on page 7
Table 1 contains 2002-2005 Mineral
I Determine the presence of seabed
Management Service (MMS) storm damage
conditions and other potential
data reported in the Gulf of Mexico for
hazards in the vicinity of the
pipeline damage from natural hazards.
proposed routes

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West Delta 109 Oil Pipeline . . .
Continued from page 6

The dedicated WD 109 project team has work under control to meet the projects goals. Line pipe was being manufactured and was to
delivered by mid July 2006, and the pipeline fittings are also being obtained. Pipe coater and lay installation contractors will be
nominated in the near future.

Figure 1 The two pipeline routes that were developed

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Center of Excellence Update

Status Update All-Electric Subsea Control System Pilot Project

By John Bodine

Progress on the All-Electric Subsea We discussed how the CPDEP process is alignment with the CUK as we proceed
Control System (AES) pilot project has driving our success, with early and active with the funding request. Together, were
continued in earnest since first reported to stakeholder involvement especially building the process for success.
you in the May issue of Subsea Center of with the leadership team and the assets
Excellence Newsletter. We are projecting that could be involved. The next meeting It is great to now have Aberdeen
our first AES deployment in the Chevron with the Wells DRB is on August 23, involved. In particular, the interest and
U.K. (CUK) during 2008. On May 31, the where we hope to earn endorsement for energy shown by their stakeholders is a
project team met with the Aberdeen Wells proceeding to Phase 2 and identify the good indication of the future for the AES.
Decision Review Board (DRB) and took best asset on which to deploy the AES. Looking ahead at the next few months,
away some very useful feedback on the we will be discussing AES opportunities
project. More broadly, DRB members also On the ETC home front, we met with with Gulf of Mexico, Angola, Nigeria,
had suggestions about how the ETC President Mark Puckett to review the Brazil, and Australia teams.
Subsea unit can better deploy new project scoping notice. Mark provided
technologies with the business units positive feedback and encouraged

Update on the Subsea Standards Program

By Jami Fowler

As you already know, the Subsea I Horizontal Tree Spec I Pipeline Failure Investigation
department is in the process of developing Guideline
I Manifold Spec
a suite of Subsea Chevron Engineering
Standards to include specifications, I Flow-Base Spec
I ROV Interface Spec
guidelines, and recommended practices.
I Large Bore Isolation Valves I Well Commissioning, Startup, and
If you would like to know more about the
Shutdown BP
program, please visit the Subsea Chevron I Equipment and Spares Guideline
Engineering Standards Web site
I Component Qualification Spec In addition to delivering 23 standards in
2006, the Subsea department is also in the
Subsea_CES/Homepage.asp) or contact I Cathodic Protection of Subsea process of identifying any additional
Jami Fowler ( Facilities Spec standards to be developed in 2007 and
I Deepwater DSAW Line Pipe Spec 2008. To view the 2007 and 2008
In 2006, the Subsea departments goal is
Standards Gap Analysis, please visit the
to publish 23 standards, with a stretch I Suction Pile Installation Guideline following site (Gap Analysis)
goal of 30. The list of 23 standards is
I Deep Tow Pipeline Route Sonar (
provided below. For the comprehensive list
Survey Spec subseaintegr/teaminformation/Tools&Ref
of all 2006 documents in progress, please
see the Web site listed above and click on External Coating of Subsea Facilities
ysis%20-%20Version%201.xls.) or
monthly status reports. Spec contact Jami Fowler (jamifowler@
I System Integration Testing Guideline for additional information.
I Control System Spec
The standards team is particularly
I Flow Connectors I Umbilical Spec interested in capturing feedback from the
I Flexible Jumper Spec business units and major capital projects
I Umbilical Installation Spec
to ensure that the documents we are
I Rigid Jumper Spec I Three-Coat Polyolefin Coating for planning to develop will meet the needs
I Gate Valves and Actuators Spec Pipelines of future subsea projects.

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Recruiting and Hiring Training
By Linda Gonzales By Richard Weser

During the 2006 recruiting and hiring season, Subsea has hired Training activity has continued to move at a brisk pace. The
through the end of June: Subsea Awareness course was presented twice during the month
of June. The class on June 5 and 6 had 17 attendees and the
I 8 college regular hires from eight schools
June 28 and 29 class had 20 attendees. The attendees were
I 15 experienced engineers interns, new hires, and Chevron personnel from groups outside
Subsea. These classes were held in downtown Houston at 1500
I 10 interns from nine schools
Louisiana and featured speakers from throughout the Subsea
Center of Excellence such as team leaders and experienced
This adds 23 regular hires to the Subsea department.
engineers. Grayum Davis, Richard Weser, and David McDaniel
also served to fill in as needed.
Subsea management would like to sincerely thank our recruiters,
on-site visit hosts, and many other employees for their help and
In June, Richard Weser presented deepwater and subsea
contribution to our recruiting and hiring success.
information to fifty students in two Horizons classes as part of
their introduction to marine engineering. These classes were
We are currently working on our 2007 staffing plan. The
held in Lafayette, Louisiana.
preliminary plan shows that Subsea will hire approximately 20
experienced engineers, 25 college hires, and 10 interns.
A Subsea Development and Operating Principle course is
scheduled for August 21 to 25, 2006. Twenty students will
The effort made by all individuals to accomplish this hiring
attend this five-day course, presented by team leaders and
achievement was significant. The long-run pay off will be
subject matter experts, which will feature intense coverage of
realized in one to two years with this new talent assisting with
all major subsea engineering fields.
our business opportunities.

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Subsea Performance Scorecard
July 2006

Target Achievement/Completed
Motor Vehicle Crashes 0 0
90% BBS Observer Trained # = 70 71%
BBS Observations # = 350 28%
WorkWell Assessment 100% 100%
Driving Program 100% 57%
Near-Miss Reporting # = 80 45%

Hiring Target Met (12 exp, 6 col, 9 int) 27 15, 8, 10 YTD
# Days CoE tech training 480 182 YTD
% Movement BU & ETC 15% 3 transfers at PDC

Basis of Design Standards & Specs 23 30 submitted
Data Management System Phase III
Subsea Reliability Deploy/Uptake

Alignment with Pipeline
Alignment with Procurement
Lever LANL and TuCoRE

360 Review of Team Leaders
Supervisor Training Course

TD-07 program (deliverable, schedule, budget)
Business Case for Electric Controls
Strategy for 3D Modeling

% Time Writing 65% 60% YTD

Subsea Training Program Deployed
# of Network Queries 357 YTD
# of Network Close-outs of Queries 12 YTD
Lunch & Learn Program 11 technical 22 15
11 business 5

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Welcome Aboard

Paul Broadbent During her three-year tenure as a control systems engineer in the
Measurement, Information, and Control Systems group of CPL,
Joins ETCs Subsea Controls,
she was responsible for managing various pipeline control projects,
Umbilicals, and Power Team
as well as representing the Control Systems group on major capital
Paul joined Chevron on April 3, 2006, projects. As a project manager, she was in charge of project scope
as a subsea controls engineer working development, accurate cost and schedule forecasts, and clarifying
out of the Aberdeen office. His current roles and responsibilities for team members. As a control systems
workload includes IWIS, SIIS, an all- representative on major capital projects, Inyene programmed,
electric tree, and the Shtokman project designed, and installed Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs),
review and technical investigation. flow computers, and Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) to
monitor and control different pipeline facilities.
He previously worked for Aker Kvaerner in Aberdeen, and has
more than 26 years of subsea experience. At Aker Kvaerner, Paul Before graduation, she worked at Marathon Ashland Petroleum
worked in various supervisory and managerial positions, including LLC as an engineering co-op for one year in the Terminal,
subsea controls module product manager and deputy chief Transportation, and Marketing group of the Pipeline department.
engineer. Paul is also qualified in both mechanical and electrical/ Inyene is a Nigerian national and an American Citizen, and she
electronic engineering. enjoys reading, shopping, and watching soccer.
Paul was born in Scunthorpe, England. He is married to Stephanie
and they have two grown daughters. He enjoys walking, swimming, Ever Hernandez
and trying to play golf.
Joins ETCs Subsea Equipment
Leisa Connell
Ever Hernandez joined Chevron on
Joins ETCs Subsea Controls, April 24, 2006. He graduated from the
Umbilicals, and Power Team University of Massachusetts Amherst
Leisa Connell joined us on June 26, on December 2005, with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Civil Engineering and
2006, bringing 16 years of executive
a minor in Engineering Management.
administrative experience to Chevron.
She has experience working for a During his undergraduate career, Ever completed three summer
natural gas measurement company as internships with Chevron. In 2003, he interned as a facilities
the secretary to the company president engineer for the San Joaquin Valley Business Unit in Bakersfield,
and supporting the process and California. The following year he had the opportunity to intern
mechanical engineering departments as the technical service with the Gulf of Mexico Business Unit in New Orleans, Louisiana.
assistant for a large oil and gas refinery. Most recently, Leisa was For his last internship in 2005, he worked on the i-field project for
the pastors assistant for a large church of more than 2,000 the Mid-Continent Business Unit.
members in the Kingwood area.
Ever was born in El Salvador and moved to Boston when he was
Outside of work, Leisa enjoys spending time with her husband 12 years old. He is the fourth of seven children and the first one in
and three sons. She also stays busy with church activities, and his family with a college degree. His hobbies include: traveling,
plans to participate in a mission trip to distribute winter boots to walking, jogging, watching movies, reading the news, playing table
orphanages in Moldova at a future date. games, and hanging out with friends.

Inyene Ekpo Nekkia Hollie

Joins ETCs Subsea Controls, Joins ETCs Subsea Controls,
Umbilicals, and Power Team Umbilical, and Power Team
Inyene Ekpo transferred to Chevrons Nekkia Hollie joined Chevron on June
Subsea department from Chevron 5, 2006. She graduated December 2005
Pipeline Company (CPL) in June 2006. from Prairie View A&M University
She graduated in May 2003 from the with a Bachelor of Science degree in
University of Missouri Rolla with a Electrical Engineering.
Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical
Engineering. Continued on page 12

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Welcome Aboard
Continued from page 11

Nekkia Hollie (Cont.) Rory Maclean

Before joining Chevron, Nekkia completed three summer Joins ETCs Subsea Equipment
internships with ExxonMobil Production Company in Houston, Team
Texas. In 2002 and 2003, she worked in the Programmatic
Instrumentation and Electrical group; and in 2004, she worked in Rory Maclean joined Chevron on May
the California Reservoir group. 8, 2006, and will be located in
Aberdeen. Rory graduated in 1992
Nekkia is a native Houstonian who enjoys traveling, shopping, with a Master of Science degree in
reading, and fine arts. Engineering Design from Napier
Kevin Ingram In 1992, Rory joined ABB Vetco Grays R&D Department as a
Joins ETCs Subsea Equipment graduate engineer. He moved in 1996 into the subsea projects
Team department, and worked on many of Vetcos HT projects. Two
years later, Rory became lead engineer on the Saga Snorre B 638-
Kevin Ingram joined Chevron on inch conventional dual-bore riser system. In 2001, he joined a
May 22, 2006, as a subsea equipment local fabrication company as engineering manager involved in all
engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 1995, aspects of the fabrication of subsea protection structures.
he earned a Bachelor of Science degree
in Mechanical Engineering from Rory returned to Vetcos subsea projects group in 2004, and was
Aberdeen University. Following the lead tree engineer on the ChevronTexaco Lobito Tomboco
graduation, Kevin joined ABB Vetco project. In mid-2005, he became lead engineer in the group
Gray where he spent the majority of the next six years in the Subsea responsible for Shell Expros North Sea Frame agreement.
Proposals and Projects Engineering group. When he is not at work, Rory enjoys many sports including
He returned to Aberdeen in March 2005, having traveled American football and paintball.
independently through 45 countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and
the Americas. Kevin then joined FMC Technologies as a project Michael Matusek
engineer where he engineered and installed tree systems for North
Sea operators. Joins ETCs Subsea Equipment
Kevin has an interest in classic cars, having rebuilt and restored a
thirty-four year old car. His leisure activities include travel, Michael Matusek joined Chevron on
climbing, hill walking, and scuba diving. April 10, 2006. In 1992, he graduated
from Texas A&M University with a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Brooks Johnson Mechanical Engineering.
Joins ETCs Subsea Controls, Michael began his career in the valve
Umbilicals, and Power Team industry; he designed pipeline ball valves for Tom Wheatley Valve,
Brooks Johnson joined Chevron on and then worked at Anderson Greenwood designing hand valves
June 26, 2006 as a subsea specialist. and manifolds. In 1997, he received his professional engineers
He graduated in May with a Bachelor license in the State of Texas.
of Science degree in Mechanical He joined Cameron in 1998 and spent two years in the Wellhead
Engineering from Rice University. department working on various wellhead systems and running
Before joining Chevron, Brooks tools. In 2000, Michael joined the tree group and worked on
interned with Chevron in CNAEPs various conventional and horizontal tree projects. For a short time
Gulf of Mexico Business Unit and with Shell as a subsea in 2002, Michael worked in Singapore were he was a tree
surveillance engineer. engineer. He then returned to Houston to join the Cameron
He is from Quitman, a small town in Louisiana, and spends his Research and Development group.
leisure time golfing and cheering on the Astros. Michaels contributions in R&D include working on a big bore
tree, drill-through trees, a HIPPs system, and subsea separation.
He was the lead engineer on the design, development, and
qualification phases of the Cameron Slenderwell Drill-Through

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Welcome Aboard
Continued from page 12

Michael Matusek (Cont.) Amanda Pea

SpoolTree. Michael holds several patents for his work in R&D, Joins ETCs Subsea Systems
as well as wellheads.
Amanda Pea joined Chevron on June
In his spare time, he enjoys staying active and playing basketball.
26, 2006. She graduated in May with a
Michael is an avid international traveler and enjoys photography
Bachelor of Science degree in
and drawing. He also enjoys playing golf, mainly from the wrong
fairway. Mechanical Engineering from Texas
A&M University-Kingsville. Amanda
had previously interned with Ford
Doug Nally Motor Company, working in product
Joins ETCs Subsea Pipelines & Flexibles Team development on their Tough Truck Series, GE Preco, working on
Doug Nally joined Chevron on June 26, 2006, as a pipeline gas turbines, and BP as a reliability intern for their cracking and
engineer. Doug has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in alkylation units.
Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University
Amanda is a native Texan, born and raised in Kingsville. She
in 2006.
enjoys rock climbing and spending time with family and friends.
He previously interned with Global Industries, Ltd. as a field
engineer. Before working at Global, he worked summers for
Manhattan Construction and Norris Sucker Rods, Inc.
Baldev Sahota
Joins ETCs Subsea Pipelines &
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Doug has lived in Dallas, Texas, for
the past four years. He is a Mustang fan and enjoys golf, sailing,
Flexibles Team
racquetball, and basketball. Baldev Sahota joined Chevron on May
1, 2006, and has been mobilized to the
Stuart Payne Chevrons West Delta 109 Pipeline
Project as a project engineer. He earned
Joins ETCs Subsea Pipelines and
Flexible Risers Team a postgraduate diploma and a Master
of Philosophy degree in Offshore
Stuart transferred to the Subsea Engineering from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, U.K.
department in May 2006 from Baldev is a registered U.K. chartered marine engineer, naval
Chevron Australia. He graduated in architect, and a European engineer.
1998 with a Bachelor of Engineering
(Mechanical) degree from Curtin He previously worked with McDermott, Fluor Daniel, Aker,
University in Perth, Australia. Stuart Lloyds Register of Shipping, KBR, ABS, and ExxonMobil.
began his career with QCL International, focusing on asset His wide range of experience includes working in offshore
/integrity management of offshore pipelines and platforms. engineering design, safety, regulatory approvals, project
management, cost and schedule, procurement, QA/QC,
In 2000, Stuart joined J P Kenny (Australia) as a pipeline integrity
construction, and offshore facility modifications. Additionally,
engineer where his work included pipeline integrity management
Baldev has published and presented several technical papers at
for a number of oil companies. Stuart became senior asset/
international conferences in the field of pipelines, structural
integrity engineer and managed the Chevron contract for
engineering, geotechnical, and safety. He has supervised and
J P Kenny in 2001. He joined Saipem in 2003 as a subsea project
managed staff in the U.S., U.K., Norway, France, and Mexico.
engineer for the installation of the Minerva and BassGas/Yolla
fields. There his duties included pipelay, acoustic metrology, and Baldev is originally from India and he enjoys traveling.
ROV construction superintendent.
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Stuart joined Chevron Australia in March 2004 as senior facilities
engineer, and was responsible for the asset management of the
subsea facilities in and around Barrow and Thevenard Islands.

He was born in England, moved to Brunei in early childhood,

grew up in Perth, Australia, and enjoys rugby, cycling, and
spending quality time with his family.

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Welcome Aboard
Continued from page 13

Steven Scruggs Paul Woldan

Joins ETCs Subsea Equipment Joins ETCs Subsea Pipelines &
Team Flexibles Team

Steven Scruggs joined Chevron in May. Paul joined Chevron on May 1, 2006,
He is a college-hire holding Bachelor of and is currently assigned to the Nsiko
Science (Mechanical Engineering 2004) project as the lead export pipeline
and Master of Science (Materials engineer. He earned a Bachelor of
Engineering 2006) degrees from the Mechanical Engineering degree with
University of Houston. honors from the University of Western Australia in 1996.

He interned at Reed-Hycalog in Houston, Texas, where he studied He began his career in Australia working with a local offshore
crack formation and propagation in roller-cone and fixed cutter installation contractor as a project engineer involved in
rock bits. Steven also interned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory maintenance and construction projects. Following this position,
in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Paul worked for Kvaerner where he gained his first experience in
subsea pipeline design on local projects in the Bass Strait and on
Steven has authored/co-authored six peer-reviewed journal articles
the North West Shelf. Subsequently, Paul took a position with
and has presented his research at conferences and meetings in
Intec in Australia for the opportunity to transfer to Houston,
Europe, Asia, and the U.S. He is also a co-author of a U.S. patent
where he has been living since 2002.
that is currently pending.
In 2003, Paul began working with OPE on several projects in the
He has been actively involved in professional societies such as
Alba field for Marathon Oil in Equatorial Guinea. The work
ASM international, American Ceramic Society, and TMS. In
included managing a subsea pipeline repair project on behalf of
addition, he has participated in several outreach events, such as
Marathon. He also acted as a project engineer and clients
ASMs Materials Camp for high school science teachers, as well as
representative for the installation of subsea infield and pipe-in-
speaking with middle and high school students on the benefits of
pipe product pipelines. Most recently Paul was responsible for the
careers in science and engineering.
installation analysis and procedures for a number of Helix
Outside of the office, Steven enjoys fishing, hunting, running, and installation projects.
Paul was born in California and raised in Perth, Western
Australia. He enjoys traveling and any activity on or in the water.
Scott Whitmire
Joins ETCs Subsea Pipelines &
Flexibles Team

Scott joined Chevron on May 1, 2006,

and has been mobilized to the Bangka
project as the subsea lead. Scott has
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Civil Engineering from Texas A&M
University in 2000 and an MBA from Rice University in 2004.

He previously worked at FMC Technologies and, prior to

working at FMC, he worked at KBR. While at Texas A&M, he
completed a year long cooperative education program with
Fluor Daniel.

Scott is a native Texan and was raised in Moulton, Texas. He is

an avid Aggie fan and enjoys golf, fishing, and traveling.

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