Taylor Energy head is API speaker
The president of Taylor Energy Co. LLC will address the Atchafalaya Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute during its monthly meeting tonight.
Will Pecue will present a program entitled “Mississippi Canyon 20 Spearfish Project — A Drilling Project Unlike Any Other” during the dinner meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City.
The meeting will be preceded by a social at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Central Boat Rentals, Diamond Tank Rental, Gulf Coast Welding Contractors, Major Equipment & Remediation, Morgan City Rentals, Paul’s Agency and Whitney National Bank.
M C Bank & Trust Co. will sponsor a bond to be given to a member in attendance at the meeting.
Pecue’s speech will focus on the Mississippi Canyon 20 platform, which toppled in 450 feet of water in 2005 after Hurricane Ivan triggered a massive mudslide.
The catastrophe buried the jacket, deck and pipeline under a blanket of sediment. The platform’s wellbores were also buried.
He also will discuss the plugging and abandonment of the wellbores, which was facilitated by the drilling of nine independent relief wells.
The presentation also will highlight the technical and regulatory challenges in the project.
Pecue graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering in 1983.
In 1984, he joined Texaco as an offshore drilling foreman in the Morgan City Offshore District. His assignments during his 20 years at Texaco included both field and office roles in both Well & Production Operations and Management.
Shortly after Texaco’s acquisition, he joined Energy Partners Ltd. in 2004, and then in 2007, relocated to Houston as BP’s manager of Global Drilling Excellence.
One year later, Pecue joined Taylor Energy as senior vice president of operations and was named president in 2009.
He holds three U.S. patents for equipment developed for subsea well operations.
Pecue has either participated or currently serves in technical advisory roles for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, API, American Association of Drilling Engineers, Offshore Operator’s Committee and the Offshore Energy Achievement Awards.
Pecue presently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Engineering, in addition to the Industry Advisory Committee for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University.