This year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Distinguished Achievement Award winners are Carlos Mastrangelo and the ExxonMobil-operated Hebron offshore project.
Carlos Mastrangelo will be awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his pioneering efforts to establish the worldwide usage of FPSOs. He has been engaged in FPSO activities since the 1980s.
In the 1990s Mastrangelo worked with the Brazilian Navy, port authorities, and class societies toward the standardization and development of regulations for fully classed FPSOs. He is also credited for establishing the basis for Petrobras’ leased unit contract that is still in effect today.
In the early 2000s, the US industry was relatively untouched by the FPSO market. Mastrangelo supported the US government agencies in their environmental impact study and risk analysis to evaluate the use of FPSOs in the US Gulf of Mexico.
In 2006, Mastrangelo started leading Petrobras’ effort to define the strategy for the first FPSO and the first purpose-built Jones Act shuttle-tanker in the US. His pioneering work and contribution to the industry paved the road for the introduction of the FPSOs in the US and for the worldwide use of the FPSOs as can be seen today.
Mastrangelo currently serves on the OTC Houston and OTC Brasil program committees and has authored and presented numerous papers on this topic. In 2005, the Brazilian Navy recognized his contribution to the offshore industry and the Society of Petroleum Engineers named him as the Engineer of the Year, in Brazil. In 2012, SPE named him as the recipient of the international award for this pioneering contribution that introduced FPSOs to the USA.
The ExxonMobil-operated Hebron offshore project will be presented with the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions in recognition of its technological advancements while achieving world-class safety performance.
The technological advancements implemented by the Hebron project offshore Canada are expected to benefit future development in topsides footprint and weight, as well as digital technology developments. Advanced technological developments used include: advanced heavy oil/separation process technology used to significantly reduce the separation process footprint; alleviation of heat loads on nearby equipment by utilizing an innovative design on the power plant gas turbine exhaust stacks; reduction in the primary and secondary steel required as wave model testing was used to ensure safe design loads for topsides.
The Hebron topsides was one of the largest built with an operating weight of 65,000 metric tons.
In addition, the safety performance of Hebron was world class, said OTC. The project was executed on a global basis and included engineering, procurement with major suppliers from more than 20 countries, and large labor workforces in Newfoundland and Labrador and Korea.
During execution the largest topsides float-over of more than 50,000 metric tons was safely accomplished. Upon completion, the Hebron project team worked more than 42 million hours in Newfoundland and Labrador without a lost-time injury.
The Hebron co-venturers are ExxonMobil Canada Properties (35.5%), Chevron Canada Ltd. (29.6%), Suncor Energy Inc. (21%), Equinor Canada Ltd. (9%) and Nalcor Energy-Oil and Gas Inc. (4.9%).
In coordination with ASME and other engineering societies, the Hoover Medal will be given to David Baldwin, co-president of SCF Partners. The Hoover Medal recognizes outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity.