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April 18, 2018

2017 Tarsiut Caissons Arctic Decommissioning Project


The Tarsiut Caissons Arctic Decommissioning Project involved refloating and removing four 5,000 tonne, 70m long concrete structures from the Beaufort Sea, near Herschel Island where they had been stored since 1984. The four caissons were originally used to form an artificial island from which two exploration wells were drilled in the early 1980s.

The extremely complex project, executed in the summer of 2017, had numerous challenges including a high regional profile; stringent and varied regulatory requirements; a remote location in a delicate environment; multiple, narrow operating windows and limited local services.

Global resources were required to plan and execute this project using international personnel, services and equipment.

The project team developed processes and learned significant lessons as it moved successfully through the planning, contractual and operational phases of the project.

The presentation will walk through a selection of the challenges, the processes used, the execution and some of the lessons learned which allowed the team to successfully complete their objective.


Kim Clarke, P.Eng.

Kim Clarke, P.Eng. is a Project Integration Manager with ConocoPhillips Canada. Kim has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including engineering roles in production operations, reservoir, drilling, completions and project management. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.


Ryan Robertson, P, Eng.

Ryan Robertson is a Drilling Engineer with ConocoPhillips Canada.  Prior to this role, Ryan worked for ConocoPhillips in Texas, Alaska and Australia.  He has 15 years of oilfield experience, including several years working as a roughneck on drilling rigs and as a directional driller.  Ryan holds a B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech.

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