Interview with James Buis, District Manager Mexico of Nalco Champion
Q: What role will Nalco Champion play in the deepwater Trion project in terms of driving down costs and boosting productivity?
A: Trion is a great deepwater project but it will raise a lot of challenges, given that it is a little deeper than the average for these types of projects. Since we have the experience of working with other companies around the world in deepwater, we would like to get involved as soon as we can to help gauge what the needs will be. Although we design chemical treatments rather than actual platforms, we can make suggestions for mechanical changes to mitigate future problems. An example has to do with the number of injection points needed on a platform. There have been cases when not enough injection points were included, leading to a company needing to decide whether they wanted to implement hydration inhibition or corrosion inhibition, rather than being able to have both. An injection point is not needed for every one of our product lines but to drive down CAPEX it is vital to get the number correct during the design phase. This is the type of problem we could help avoid on the Trion project. Additionally, we can help assess risk on the Trion project through the many proprietary models that we work with and that are designed to use the limited information available at the beginning of a project and assign risk categories. Depending on the client, the terminology is different and Nalco Champion adapts to each one. We assess the risk of asphaltene inhibition, hydrate and corrosion inhibition.
Q: What does the Energy Reform mean for Nalco Champion, given its long-standing presence in Mexico?
A: Even though things are changing in Mexico PEMEX remains our main client, so our core business has not changed so much since the Energy Reform. This is a chance for Nalco Champion to bring its global services to the country, since we already work with IOCs and other NOCs across the world. It is simply a new environment. We are excited about working with new players and continuing our work with PEMEX too.
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