Case Study #2 -

Petroleum Development Academy Students Lead the Industry

by Petra Bachhuber


"Students taking action - PetroStars Academy on BOSIET & HUET Training with Falck in Bremerhaven, Germany"


On Dec 19th the PetroStars Academy Team consisting of 3 Students with backgrounds in Petroleum Geology and Petroleum Engineering arrives in Bremerhaven. Four days of specified training in Sea-Survival, Fire- Fighting and Escape Chute Evacuation are waiting. The supreme discipline of HUET (helicopter underwater escape training) awaiting on day four.

We are mixed in with professionals from all kinds - offshore wind industry definitely beats petroleum industry professionals in numbers. It's a new experience- mornings belong to theory afternoon lessons are practicals. The training pushes us to personal borders and we all have our challenging moments to get through. Falck has a variety of employees and all of them were simply amazing trainers- during the course it was especially the hands-on training that made time fly.

My personal experience was that I really felt a hunger to actually be out there - board a helicopter and check in at an offshore installation. The training has triggered a great motivation in me and I feel like this is the kind of education we all should be able to get- PetroStars Academy is leading the way in the right direction and I would like to remind students that sometimes the easiest way is not to wait and hope- it's to get out there and strike the target!

The next steps is to provide a base for UK and European Students to train before companies get behind in their competency commitments.  We are opening a Development Academy in Aberdeen.  To start with BOSIET & HUET courses will be the first steps! 


Case Study #1 Spring 2016 

Geotechnical Soil Improvement & Well Integrity

A Geotechnical Study of harnessing the benefits of OnshoreMarine Soil Improvement in the Petroleum Industry

In the construction industry, it is standard practice to test samples of a composite nature fully to comprehend the limiting factors of materials for geotechnical solutions.  In the offshore petroleum context, soft soil and cement bonding is a key concern for long term site, store and well integrity. With this regard, the placement of cement in shallow clay-rich marine sediment,  for long-term asset integrity, we wish to reap in reverse the benefits of lime treatment.  It is worth remembering that when we conduct well placement exercises, accurate environmental geohazard assessments are critical for the success of exploration and production well integrity

Primarily our current work is exploring the possibility of developing improved cement bonding with shallow marine soils using additional lime and chalk additive, through simple and repeatable testing. The applications are numerous from preventing further liquefaction over time of soils,  wellhead and infrastructure subsidence, leak prevention and ensuring an environmentally sustainable solution for offshore use.  

We decided to investigate this further with a focus on the Danish Chalk of the area around Stevn's Klint. In February 2016 the team carried out a rigorous site investigation of outcrops of the Cretaceous strata. The principle objectives being to observe the surface geotechnical aspects and collect enough material for further laboratory testing & petrological description.  The next steps are to test hydrates and waxes at Artic Conditions with such soil & lithology to see whether new bio methods of soil stabilisation being proposed by various research houses meet the challenges posed in the Artic, which is of particular importance for Thermal Recovery and Heavy Oil Projects.