ABS Names Chand Director of Offshore Technology

Leading offshore classification society ABS has named Sudheer Chand Director of Offshore Technology.

Chand will join a dedicated team of offshore engineers and researchers within the organization's Corporate Technology Department in Houston, Texas. ABS Senior Vice President of Technology Peter Tang-Jensen says the appointment of Chand further strengthens ABS' already active offshore research and development efforts by anticipating the needs of operators into the next decade and beyond.

"Designers are facing twin challenges of cold weather environments and water depths of 12,000 feet and beyond, said Tang-Jensen. "ABS is working hard to stay ahead of these technical challenges and the addition of Sudheer Chand to our offshore team brings both an intimate knowledge of ABS and a great deal of industry experience to this new position."

Chand will be addressing Rules and requirements for drilling and production in harsh environments, criteria for the conversion of floating, production storage and offloading (FPSO) units from ship-shaped trading tankers as well as criteria for newbuild FPSOs and technology challenges associated with deeper water drilling units such as position keeping and the drilling equipment itself.

The Offshore Technology group is also addressing issues associated with the monetization of stranded gas and commercialization of marginal fields. ABS has provided its "approval in principle" (AIP) to numerous emerging proprietary technologies or transport designs developed specifically for monetizing these stranded reserves.

Chand, formerly with ABS and most recently involved with the design and construction of FPSOs and drilling rigs with a leading offshore operator, brings a commercial sensibility to driving R&D efforts, saying whatever production facility is chosen by an operator the demand is always for quick delivery, cost effectiveness and versatility.

"A unit is likely to be on site for an initial contract period and then relocated," explained Chand. "Operators will want to move a unit with minimal modifications in order to save time and money." He points out that, from a class society perspective, checking the unit's suitability for the intended new environment, the materials for the fluids and the mooring arrangements, if any, are key elements.

"Soil conditions, sea and wind and wave conditions as well as new materials such as composites and advanced alloys all have an impact on class evaluations," he added.

Chand will also be responsible for oversight of the ABS Singapore Offshore Technology Center (SOTC), a satellite branch of ABS' Corporate Technology Department. The SOTC takes a collaborative approach toward addressing offshore technology issues by working with the Singaporean government, universities and industry.