The term flow assurance appears to have come into existence in the 1990s when the industry was pushing into harsher environments such as deep water. It was a realization that the industry would need to be able to guarantee flow over longer distances, 24/7 with high reliability, in a high-stakes environment where intervention to rectify issues and blockages would be costly. Risk avoidance as a result was the default flow assurance strategy. We are about 20+ years in with the field of flow assurance. Today, deep water and harsher environments are still a part of the portfolio of assets, but there is a need to make those assets thrive in a prolonged lower oil price- / lower carbon- environment and compete for limited investment capital. Some of the current trends in Flow Assurance from R&D technology gaps to practices in field applications will be covered in this presentation
Hariprasad J. Subramani has Chemical Engineering degrees from Anna University (BTech), National University of Singapore (MEng), and Purdue University (PhD). Between 2007 and 2020, he has established himself as a Senior Flow Assurance Advisor, championing R&D and supporting design and operation of deep water oil/gas production facilities. Recently, he has moved into a new role as a Strategic Relationship Manager in Chevron to identify, develop, and foster strategic external partnerships to propel innovation and technology development for the company’s core- and future- portfolio.
Hari is passionate about mentoring K-12 & college students and early career- professionals in academia/industry. He has held several leadership roles in technical discipline committees and/or sections of Society of Petroleum Engineers International and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is also the recipient of two technical awards (PFC and P&O) from SPE Gulf Coast Region in 2013 and 2016 respectively.