Advanced Risk and Impact Models for Offshore Systems

Figure 1. Overview figure representing the tools from the offshore risk model.

Motivation for this project stems from the advancement of offshore oil and gas operations into extreme offshore environments that are often remote, environmentally sensitive, and economically challenging. The lessons learned from the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Energy Technology (NETL) involvement in Hurricanes Rita and Katrina and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Macondo blowout) in the Gulf of Mexico were also impetuses for the development of the project. These events highlighted the need for improved models, data, and tools to identify knowledge and technology gaps with offshore hydrocarbon exploration and production (E&P) systems to help prevent future spills and provide predictions for a range of end-users.

The goal of this project focuses on developing an integrated modeling and data system from the subsurface to the shore. The objectives include (1) evaluation of potential risks and (2) identification of knowledge and technology gaps to inform offshore spill prevention efforts.