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EXMAR OFFSHORE COMPANY

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EXMAR OFFSHORE COMPANY

3700 W. Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 300

Houston, Texas 77042

United States

Company Description

EXMAR Offshore, Houston is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exmar NV (www.exmar.be) provides a wide range of value added products and services to the marine oil and gas industry. Expertise and experience in engineering, construction and operations of offshore ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Principal Consultant

Harris Knecht

Vice President of Engineering

Zapata Off-Shore Company

Affiliations

Member of Rig Owners Committee
ABS

Member of Rig Owners Committee
DNV Corp

Education

B.S.

engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BS

Engineering

Columbia University

masters

naval architecture and ocean engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Web References (14 Total References)


LLOG Achieves Several Firsts In FPS-Based Development In Who Dat Field

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By Rick Fowler, Eric Zimmerman, Jay Cole, Ed Nagel, Harris Knecht and Eldon Robison

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HARRIS KNECHT is president of Exmar Offshore Company. He has 35 years of experience in the offshore industry, primarily in the areas of floating drilling and production technology. Knecht was previously vice president of engineering for Zapata/Arethusa Offshore Drilling and Diamond Offshore. Prior to joining Zapata, Knecht was in Exxon Production Research's marine engineering department, involved in the areas of stability, station keeping, floating production and vessel evaluation/safety. He is a member of the ABS Special Committee on mobile drilling rigs and the DNV Rig Owners Committee. He was previously on the U.S. and International Association of Drilling Contractors' delegations to the IMO during the revision of the mobile offshore drilling unit code. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Columbia University, and masters' in both naval architecture and ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Harris Knecht, Exmar Offshore Co


The OPTI-EX has come in on-budget ...

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The OPTI-EX has come in on-budget and on-time, says Harris Knecht, president of Exmar Offshore. We had the luxury of the management allowing us good engineering time, he adds.

FloaTEC" alt="Chris Barton, FloaTEC" txdam="1207" style="padding-left: 10px; float: right; padding-bottom: 10px; padding-top: 10px;" src="http://www.oilonline.com/Portals/0/news-images/article_content/OE_Issues/October_2009/chris_barton.jpg" height="117" width="125" />While not an ultra-deepwater dry tree solution, FloaTEC began promoting its Blue Ocean project last year.

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It's a matter of making the economics work.'

Part of it, Knecht says, will come from improving what the industry already has.
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There's a lot of spare capacity in the industry right now.'

Knecht says some of the reason for the slowdown on orders 'the shipbuilding industry got overheated,' he adds is tied to cost. 'The trend has to go back to be consistent with the oil price,' he says.

A trend Knecht says has caught his eye is floating liquefaction for LNG. 'The foray into floating liquefaction is the logical next step for us to work on,' he says. Exmar is working on a solution with Excelerate and is participating in pre-conceptual and pre-FEEDs for various applications, he says. Where we jump off depends on finding a gas molecule owner who wants to pursue this.'

While it has some similarities to floating oil, the cryogenic environment complicates the picture. 'Putting a cryogenic hose in the water hasn't been solved yet,' Knecht says. The industry, he adds, hasnt figured out how to handle the low temperatures in the water while floating at the same time. 'Everybody wants to make LNG look like oil, so that's the holy grail, so any tanker can come up and offload it.'

Knecht figures it's a goal achievable in about two decades unless the industry decides to turn its investment dollars toward finding a solution. Until then, he says, offloading will have to be side-by-side.
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The OPTI-EX has come in on-budget and on-time, says Harris Knecht, president of Exmar Offshore. We had the luxury of the management allowing us good engineering time, he adds.

FloaTEC" alt="Chris Barton, FloaTEC" txdam="1207" style="padding-left: 10px; float: right; padding-bottom: 10px; padding-top: 10px;" src="http://www.oilonline.com/Portals/0/news-images/article_content/OE_Issues/October_2009/chris_barton.jpg" height="117" width="125" />While not an ultra-deepwater dry tree solution, FloaTEC began promoting its Blue Ocean project last year.
...
It's a matter of making the economics work.'

Part of it, Knecht says, will come from improving what the industry already has.
...
There's a lot of spare capacity in the industry right now.'

Knecht says some of the reason for the slowdown on orders 'the shipbuilding industry got overheated,' he adds is tied to cost. 'The trend has to go back to be consistent with the oil price,' he says.

A trend Knecht says has caught his eye is floating liquefaction for LNG. 'The foray into floating liquefaction is the logical next step for us to work on,' he says. Exmar is working on a solution with Excelerate and is participating in pre-conceptual and pre-FEEDs for various applications, he says. Where we jump off depends on finding a gas molecule owner who wants to pursue this.'

While it has some similarities to floating oil, the cryogenic environment complicates the picture. 'Putting a cryogenic hose in the water hasn't been solved yet,' Knecht says. The industry, he adds, hasnt figured out how to handle the low temperatures in the water while floating at the same time. 'Everybody wants to make LNG look like oil, so that's the holy grail, so any tanker can come up and offload it.'

Knecht figures it's a goal achievable in about two decades unless the industry decides to turn its investment dollars toward finding a solution. Until then, he says, offloading will have to be side-by-side.


Keeping deepwater economics afloat - 1-Oct-09: Offshore Engineering article: contact Jennifer Pllanich

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The OPTI-EX has come in on-budget and on-time, says Harris Knecht, president of Exmar Offshore. We had the luxury of the management allowing us good engineering time, he adds.

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Harris Knecht, Exmar Offshore Knecht agrees, adding: 'We don't always need a lot of science [above ground]. We don't always need a lot of technology. We know we can do what we have to do. [We can] drill and produce in deepwater if we want to. It's a matter of making the economics work.'
Part of it, Knecht says, will come from improving what the industry already has. He traces the history of drilling from jackups to moored rigs to floating drilling with dynamic positioning. 'Production is undergoing the same history as drilling,' Knecht says. 'As drilling goes into deeper water, production goes into deeper water, and you need step changes.'
...
Knecht says some of the reason for the slowdown on orders 'the shipbuilding industry got overheated,' he adds is tied to cost. 'The trend has to go back to be consistent with the oil price,' he says.
A trend Knecht says has caught his eye is floating liquefaction for LNG. 'The foray into floating liquefaction is the logical next step for us to work on,' he says. Exmar is working on a solution with Excelerate and is participating in pre-conceptual and pre-FEEDs for various applications, he says. Where we jump off depends on finding a gas molecule owner who wants to pursue this.'
While it has some similarities to floating oil, the cryogenic environment complicates the picture. 'Putting a cryogenic hose in the water hasn't been solved yet,' Knecht says. The industry, he adds, hasnt figured out how to handle the low temperatures in the water while floating at the same time. 'Everybody wants to make LNG look like oil, so that's the holy grail, so any tanker can come up and offload it.'
Knecht figures it's a goal achievable in about two decades unless the industry decides to turn its investment dollars toward finding a solution. Until then, he says, offloading will have to be side-by-side. The topsides for floating liquefaction are not more complicated than the topsides for oil, he says, just different. 'We don't see any technology or production hurdles in producing these.' There is no floating liquefaction yet, he says, but for a change, 'everybody wants to be the first'. OE


Houston Offshore Engineering Articles RSS Feed

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The OPTI-EX has come in on-budget and on-time, says Harris Knecht, president of Exmar Offshore. We had the luxury of the management allowing us good engineering time, he adds.

FloaTEC" alt="Chris Barton, FloaTEC" txdam="1207" src="http://www.oilonline.com/Portals/0/news-images/article_content/OE_Issues/October_2009/chris_barton.jpg" height="117" width="125" />While not an ultra-deepwater dry tree solution, FloaTEC began promoting its Blue Ocean project last year.

...
It's a matter of making the economics work.'

Part of it, Knecht says, will come from improving what the industry already has.
...
There's a lot of spare capacity in the industry right now.'

Knecht says some of the reason for the slowdown on orders 'the shipbuilding industry got overheated,' he adds is tied to cost. 'The trend has to go back to be consistent with the oil price,' he says.

A trend Knecht says has caught his eye is floating liquefaction for LNG. 'The foray into floating liquefaction is the logical next step for us to work on,' he says. Exmar is working on a solution with Excelerate and is participating in pre-conceptual and pre-FEEDs for various applications, he says. Where we jump off depends on finding a gas molecule owner who wants to pursue this.'

While it has some similarities to floating oil, the cryogenic environment complicates the picture. 'Putting a cryogenic hose in the water hasn't been solved yet,' Knecht says. The industry, he adds, hasnt figured out how to handle the low temperatures in the water while floating at the same time. 'Everybody wants to make LNG look like oil, so that's the holy grail, so any tanker can come up and offload it.'

Knecht figures it's a goal achievable in about two decades unless the industry decides to turn its investment dollars toward finding a solution. Until then, he says, offloading will have to be side-by-side.
...
The OPTI-EX has come in on-budget and on-time, says Harris Knecht, president of Exmar Offshore. We had the luxury of the management allowing us good engineering time, he adds.
...
Knecht agrees, adding: 'We don't always need a lot of science [above ground]. We don't always need a lot of technology. We know we can do what we have to do. [We can] drill and produce in deepwater if we want to. It's a matter of making the economics work.' Part of it, Knecht says, will come from improving what the industry already has. He traces the history of drilling from jackups to moored rigs to floating drilling with dynamic positioning. 'Production is undergoing the same history as drilling,' Knecht says. 'As drilling goes into deeper water, production goes into deeper water, and you need step changes.' The need for an economically sound project is more apparent than ever with the spate of smaller fields the industry has found but has yet to produce. 'If the industry is to be successful in deepwater, we've got to come up with a way to exploit smaller reserves,' Barton says. He cites the example of the 150 million barrel fields that are not being produced. 'What [operators] tell me is they can't develop them because its too expensive.' The solution Barton envisions is fit-for-purpose. 'That could be smaller spars, smaller TLPs.' Barton notes Petrobras recently called for a new round of bids on its Papa Terra project offshore Brazil after the initial bids came in well over budget. After refining the project specs from a full drilling TLP tied to an FPSO similar to the Kizomba approach offshore Angola, a new request for proposals asked for bids on a smaller facility that relied on tender assist drilling, similar to the Okume field offshore Equatorial Guinea (OE October 2006). 'We're just trying to reduce the cost of this thing to make the field economic,' Barton says. 'They're going to have to come up with innovative ways to reduce the size of these platforms.' Some solutions may lie in the form of tender assist, leasing rather than purchasing, and refraining from overdesigning facilities, he says. No matter how many dollars facilities engineers can trim from their budgets, drilling and completion still take up the lions share of any field development budget, he adds. 'The facility cost is a very small percentage of the total development cost.' Barton says FloaTEC is currently focused on optimizing hull forms, such as angling columns on semis to improve hydrodynamics and reducing size and complexity. Another effort, he says, is to make designs more construction friendly. 'Constructability is a big part of it,' Barton says. 'We're looking at installability. We're looking at constructability. We're looking at design. All three.' One worry Barton voices is about the continued delay or postponement of projects. 'Gulf of Mexico yards are empty. Installation equipment is idle, and engineering companies are struggling,' he says, noting that development spending had been fairly high for the last five to seven years. 'Oil companies have created what I call a portfolio gap' because now they are focused more on exploration and appraisal spending, rather than a more balanced approach, Barton says. 'It's created this gap. There's a lot of spare capacity in the industry right now.' Knecht says some of the reason for the slowdown on orders 'the shipbuilding industry got overheated,' he adds is tied to cost. 'The trend has to go back to be consistent with the oil price,' he says. A trend Knecht says has caught his eye is floating liquefaction for LNG. 'The foray into floating liquefaction is the logical next step for us to work on,' he says. Exmar is working on a solution with Excelerate and is participating in pre-conceptual and pre-FEEDs for various applications, he says. Where we jump off depends on finding a gas molecule owner who wants to pursue this.' While it has some similarities to floating oil, the cryogenic environment complicates the picture. 'Putting a cryogenic hose in the water hasn't been solved yet,' Knecht says. The industry, he adds, hasnt figured out how to handle the low temperatures in the water while floating at the same time. 'Everybody wants to make LNG look like oil, so that's the holy grail, so any tanker can come up and offload it.' Knecht figures it's a goal achievable in about two decades unless the industry decides to turn its investment dollars toward finding a solution. Until then, he says, offloading will have to be side-by-side. The topsides for floating liquefaction are not more complicated than the topsides for oil, he says, just different. 'We don't see any technology or production hurdles in producing these.' There is no floating liquefaction yet, he says, but for a change, 'everybody wants to be the first'.

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