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Event: Deepwater Oil & Gas Summit 2010
Organizer: China Energy Association and A.T. Unicorn Group
Date: 14th-16th Sept., 2010
Venue: The Peninsula Beijing, China
Contact Person: Miranda Liu
Tel: +86 21 3360 0066
Fax: +86 21 3360 0636
Email: miranda.liu@atunicorn.com
Web: www.asiadeepwater.net


As global demand for power, heating and transportation has been increasing, stepping forward to exploring deepwater oil and gas will play an ever greater role in meeting our energy needs.

The purpose of "Deepwater Oil & Gas Summit 2010" – which will be held on September 14th-16th, 2010, at The Peninsula Beijing, China – is to address current situations and future trends, discuss the latest deepwater oil and gas technologies and large projects, and to ensure the sustainable development of the deepwater oil and gas industry.

During this summit, government officials, specialists, scholars, executives and professionals from China and abroad will assemble to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the deepwater oil and gas industry as well as determine future trend. The summit is to be a leading edge summit to highlight the outstanding advances in deepwater technologies, global deepwater projects, and serve as the networking platform for greater collaboration across the sector.

As the organizers of "Deepwater Oil and Gas Summit 2010," China Energy Association and A.T. Unicorn Group sincerely invite you to join the "Deepwater Oil & Gas Summit 2010" to share your success and expertise.

Benefits of Attending

  • Understand the current status, development & trend of Deepwater Oil & Gas industry
  • Network with the leading players in Deepwater Oil & Gas industry
  • Grasp the opportunities and meet the challenges
  • Gain a detailed insight into the latest technology
  • Reinforce your commitment to the industry
  • Liwan 3-1, South China Sea, China
  • Liuhua 34-2, South China Sea, China
  • Liuhua 29-1, South China Sea, China
  • Yakal-1 Oil Field, Philippines
  • Thunder Horse Field, Gulf of Mexico, USA
  • Akpo Deepwater Project, Nigeria
  • Xikomba Oil Field Deepwater Development, Angola
  • Kizomba Deepwater Project, Angola


  • Global Deepwater Market Trends & Opportunities
  • Perspectives & Case Studies from NOCs & IOCs
  • Deepwater Drilling Rig Focus
  • Leading Subsea Engineering Tech Showcase
  • OSV, FPSO & FLNG Trends

Many of you in the commercial diving industry are aware of the significant early contributions of the late Dan Wilson to our industry.

Wilson is credited with introducing deep mixed gas diving to the civilian commercial diving industry with a demonstration dive off Santa Barbara in November of 1962.  Wilson went on to form General Offshore Divers here in Santa Barbara and later started Subsea International in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dan's dive was a catalyst for the expansion and development of commercial diving and equipment into the industry we know today. I am writing to ask for the support and help of our industry to preserve a piece of our own heritage.

One of Dan's early developments was the world's first commercial lockout diving bell the Purisima.   Purisima was originally launched in Santa Barbara in 1964 and ultimately was shelved with the rapid evolvement of diving technology at the time.

Prior to Wilson's death in 2007, Dan had reacquired the bell from my former boss at IUC, the late Andre Galerne, whom we lost in 2008.  Andre had purchased Purisima for its historical significance.  Dan had kept the Purisima in an indoor boat storage facility for a number of years in Florida. Purisima still sits there today, along with an outstanding storage bill.

I have maintained contact with Wilson's son, Dan, who lives in Montana.  This past October, Dan and I met — along with Lad Handelman, Bob Kirby, Bev Morgan, diving historian Chris Swann, Bob Christensen, Bob Ratcliffe and Greg Gorga, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. 

A result of that meeting was an overwhelming desire to see Purisima restored and returned to Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for a key exhibit.  The museum is located mere yards from where the bell was launched over 45 years ago. 

We are trying to raise a minimum of $10,000.00 to pay the storage and mobilization of Purisima to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.  Funds raised beyond that will be used to  help sandblast, paint and prepare an interactive exhibit for the bell.

It was decided to ask for the support of our industry as a whole, given the significance of Dan Wilson's life-long work.  The Museum is excited about creating a special display with Purisima to supplement existing diving and early offshore oil industry exhibits.

All of us were excited about the possibility of ADCI membership sponsoring this unique display that will honor our industry and a man who dared to "think outside of the box."  Additionally, the display will be a significant representation of ADCI and commercial diving for tourists and visitors at museum.

I would like to ask for your company's financial support in this regard and to contact me directly if you can help.  The funds can be made payable to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Purisima Project.  They will be held in an account until we reach our goal.  The museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

If you can help, financially or otherwise, please contact me at: subsea@cox.net or via cell phone at 805-708-0621.

Thanks in advance for your support and consideration in this all-volunteer effort!

Don Barthelmess
Santa Barbara City College
Marine Diving Technology Department

Mireaux Management Solutions

"My message to President Barack Obama is let us work!  Rigs are on location and ready, helicopters are ready, boats are ready, suppliers are ready, caterers are ready, steel mills are ready, and our people are ready.  Let us help the country, let us keep the price of gasoline from going up to $4 a gallon at the pump, let us help the trade deficit, let us help the economy, let us bridge to the future of renewable energy, and let us feed our families.  Let us work.  End this moratorium.

"As a business executive, I feel the anger and frustration in the wake of the Gulf oil spill as keenly as the American public – perhaps even more so – because I know that, overall, industry has a great safety record, and I know the importance to our Nation of the work we do. 

"The loss of life on the Deepwater Horizon, and economic and environmental damage as a result of the accident are tragedies.  Now another tragedy has been added to the mix with the new deepwater drilling moratorium that further threatens the economic stability of a region already on its knees.

"Gulf coast residents are already suffering from the devastating impacts of this accident to the tourism and seafood industries.  This is not the time to add to their misery through the loss of jobs, energy, and revenue provided by an industry so clearly vital to the Gulf Coast way of life.  

"Some workers sidelined by the moratorium have found work in the clean up and response effort, but once the well is killed and these actions begin to wind down, these workers will be looking to return to their former offshore jobs.  If the moratorium is still in place and permitting of shallow water wells is still moving at a snail’s pace, the economic wasteland being witnessed in the Gulf will continue.

"There are safety procedures already identified by the Administration and other possibilities to allow the offshore industry to go back to work – safely – without this political moratorium.  Third party verification, increased inspections, better communication and well design would all contribute to enhanced safety and allow companies to continue to explore in a cautious timely manner while keeping their workers employed.

"Each deepwater rig employs on average 1,400 direct and indirect jobs. Each rig that moves out of the Gulf and overseas as a result of the moratorium and surrounding regulatory uncertainty, takes those jobs with them.  This has already begun to happen. One big driller, Diamond Offshore Drilling, is moving two of its five rigs, the Ocean Endeavor and Ocean Confidence, from the Gulf to other regions. The longer the moratorium and surrounding regulatory uncertainly continue, the more rigs and companies we will see leaving the Gulf of Mexico – perhaps for good. 

"But the impacts of the moratorium reach beyond the Gulf as well.  Offshore workers live throughout the United States, and products vital to the industry, such as tools, steel and boots are manufactured across this country.  All those impacted should tell their congressman to end this moratorium and let the offshore industry in the Gulf get back to work for America."

Dave Welch is also Chairman of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO of Stone Energy Corporation, a member of the NOIA Executive Committee, and a Gulf Coast resident.

NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf.  The NOIA membership comprises more than 250 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance.

Naylor, LLC

Analox Sensor Technology has launched the Sub Aspida – a new, portable dual-gas monitor which is ideal for use with portable decompression chambers.

The Analox Sub Aspida is a compact, portable monitor capable of detecting both carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen (O2). By combining continuous monitoring of O2 and CO2 and compensating for atmospheric pressure, the unit offers highly accurate readings ideal for portable and transportable decompression chambers.

Vicky Brown, Sales and Marketing Director, Military Division for Analox Sensor Technology, said: "The safety of the patient is paramount. Constant monitoring of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within the decompression chamber are vital. What the Analox Sub Aspida provides is accurate monitoring despite any change in atmospheric pressure, in a robust unit which is small enough to be easily portable. This makes it ideal for use with portable decompression chambers."

The Analox Sub Aspida can be mounted on the control panel of a decompression chamber and provided with a pressure reduced sample line from inside the chamber. An oxygen-only monitor is available, suitable for use with Air Diving systems.

The Sub Aspida offers audible, visual and vibrate alarms. To ensure its practicality, the unit is easy to use, robust in design and can be easily mounted on a bracket on the chamber panel. It offers 12 hours of battery life from one charge and can also be powered by a 9 volt DC supply. The software enables easy configuration, calibration and downloading of data and also ensures optimum performance of the unit by informing what maintenance is required and when.

For more information about the Analox Sub Aspida, contact Vicky Brown on +44 (0)1642 711 400.

Analox Sensor Technology Ltd is based in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, and specialises in the design and manufacture of gas analysers for military and commercial use.

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