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Subsea Tieback Forum 2015

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Tubular Bells, or TBells, demonstrates Hess’ capability to successfully execute highly complex deepwater development projects. 

At the Subsea Tieback Forum, hosted March 3 – 5 in New Orleans, La., ‚ÄčTor Gavem will address project complexities and discuss how several significant changes were managed.

“For a technically challenging project like Tubular Bells, it takes the dedication and efforts of many,” Gavem said. “The project had several major challenges, including changes to the field layout and relocation of the host platform or spar. Managing these changes during field development requires everyone to work collaboratively, listen and make adjustments, and then balance that flexibility with being strong, firm and directive. I am proud of what our team accomplished.”


Tor Gavem is the SURF and Export Project Manager for the Tubular Bells project for Hess Corporation. He has been the SURF manager since 2010, when Hess became the operator, in which he lead the project from FEED through commissioning. Gavem started with the company in 2006 and has been manager for several projects related to the Ceiba feld in Equatorial Guinea and in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to his career with Hess, Gavem worked for Wellstream and Technip. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering in 1998 from Florida Atlantic University, and received the Professional Engineer License in 2004. 

The Tubular Bells deepwater oil and gas field was discovered in 2003 and lies in approximately 4,300 feet of water, 135 miles southeast of New Orleans primarily on Mississippi Canyon Block 724. One year after Hess took over as operator, the project was sanctioned in 2011 and fast-tracked with an execution schedule to first oil in just three years. The three year goal was achieved even though the project had several major changes including: change of operator, and relocation of the host platform. 

Come meet the Hess team at Booth #129 and learn more about current projects and our plans for the future.

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