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The challenges and opportunities facing Operators planning major capital projects (MCPs) in today’s oil and gas environment include turnkey contracting strategies, global supply chains, evolving technologies, increasingly stringent regulations, competition for scarce resources, and inflationary pressures, to name but a few. These factors have the potential to impact personal and process safety performance, directly or indirectly, throughout the project’s lifecycle. The implementation of a formal, stage gate project management system and decision quality process is critical to alleviating the project risks, assuring Operational Excellence, and improving the constructability, operability and maintainability of the future asset. By way of example, this presentation will dwell on the Execute phase activities of an offshore MCP, from design and engineering through to construction, installation, hookup and commissioning.
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Steve Frampton is Construction and Commissioning Manager for Marathon Oil’s Global Projects Organization. His work experience spans over 30 years in international offshore developments and production operations. Steve joined Marathon Oil in 1981 and supported the design, engineering, construction, offshore hookup and commissioning of the three Brae North Sea platform complex (5 years each), enabling an initial production rate of around 100k BOPD from each platform.
From the North Sea, Steve joined the design team in Houston for the Sakhalin 2 project (100kBPD) before relocating to South Korea for the construction and onshore commissioning phase. Steve eventually served as the Offshore Installation Manager on Sakhalin 2. Steve’s next project in Equatorial Guinea involved the management of construction activities of the Marathon Equatorial Guinea Production Ltd (MEGPL) onshore gas facility (950MMSCFD/70kBPD) on Bioko Island in Malabo. At the end of the construction phase, he stayed with the project becoming the Operations Superintendent. In 2006, Steve relocated to Gabon as Operations Manager for Marathon‘s Tchatamba offshore assets. In 2010, he joined the Marathon Norway Operations group for a short time before moving back to Houston. The last four years has seen Steve work on new projects for Kurdistan and Equatorial Guinea. His current assignment is the new Alba Compression Platform (950MMCFD), offshore Bioko Island which will be field-commissioned in 2016.
Steve graduated with a BSc. (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering from Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry and completed an indentured apprenticeship with Rolls Royce Limited (Aero division) in the UK.