With Leases in the Gulf of Mexico going into deeper water and farther from shore, Texaco in 1991 understood that significantly more technology and knowledge would be required to explore and produce these reservoirs successfully. With Curtis Burton and Steven Wheeler taking the leadership role, Texaco started the initial framing studies with Intec Engineering and evolved the concept that the industry as a whole would benefit more by doing it together. Texaco then took the concept to industry by selling “shares” in projects which became known as “The DeepStar Project” that is currently managed by Chevron.
Membership grew to 26 Operating companies by the mid 1990s with technology studies strongly influencing successful developments in the Gulf of Mexico, and from there, the technology has translated around the world. Since its start, The DeepStar Project has performed over 300 technical studies and initiatives categorized in 9 different technical areas that include Geosciences, Regulatory, Flow Assurance, Subsea Facilities, Surface Facilities, Drilling and Completion, Reservoir Engineering, Metocean and System Engineering. To keep the program fresh and relevant every 2 years new and diverse projects are added.
Projects now feature operations in over 10,000 ft water depth and include both dry Christmas tree production and pressure boosting subsea production that will allow satellite fields from 50 miles away to successfully produce. Today over 1,800 industry personnel are active in the program with operators, contractors and service companies contributing, monitoring and communicating via The DeepStar Project website and meetings.
Recognizing the pioneering efforts of the following individuals and early companies who participated in the development of the first phase of the DeepStar Project:
Joe Albiez, Tom Ames, Charles Balnaves, Bill Beran, Irving Brooks, Curtis Burton, Jim Chitwood, John Illeman, Clive Llewellyn, Doug Peart, Bob Rayne, George Vance, Steve Wheeler,
Carl Wickizer, Phil Wilbourn, BHP (now BHP Billiton Petroleum), BP, Chevron, Conoco (now ConocoPhillips), Elf (now TOTAL), Exxon (now ExxonMobil), Intec Engineering (now INTECSEA), Marathon Oil Company (now Marathon Oil Corporation), Mobil Oil (now ExxonMobil), Oryx Energy (now Anadarko), Texaco (now Chevron), and Shell Oil Co.
University, University of California (Berkeley)