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The DeepStar Program was initiated 

in 1991.

DeepStar has always been the industry’s best mechanism for the progression of collaborative offshore technology development and throughout the years adapting to new market conditions and drivers. 


The DeepStar Program was initiated in 1991 and until recently, has been administered by Chevron. The Program identifies and assembles a technical portfolio of projects with its mission to develop cost-efficient, low-risk methods to produce hydrocarbons from deepwater.  

Deepwater areas of the world contain significant reserves and remain one of the best exploration and development opportunities for oil companies.  However, producing hydrocarbons in deepwater presents both commercial and technical challenges within our current market environment. 


Through the DeepStar program, oil companies, vendors, regulators, academic and research institutes have collaborated to develop the technologies necessary to tackle offshore issues.  Its common format has involved defining deepwater projects that are driven by business needs, creating scenarios for going forward, coming to a common understanding of high-level objectives, framing knowledge gaps, and identifying technological capabilities; and seeking solutions.  In doing so, each participant minimizes the costs and risk of developing the technology, while at the same time, making the most of its particular technology achievements. 


The value of DeepStar is that it offers participants the opportunity to significantly leverage their technology investment and co-develop solutions to a common issue or need.   

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Subsea Production Systems

Subsea Production Systems

The INTECSEA Subsea Production Systems Engineering Group has emerged as the industry leader in providing services for deepwater subsea technology for water depths to 2,800 m and beyond. INTECSEA's primary emphasis has been on subsea applications in frontier areas, notably deepwater field developments and for unusual service conditions such as high pressure and high temperature, aggressive fluids and subsea processing. These specialized technologies are firmly established within INTECSEA's extensive project experience including practical design and installation technology required for cost effective completion and operation of offshore field development facilities worldwide. INTECSEA's capability in subsea production systems has become industry leading as functional requirements for deepwater concepts have evolved. In 1985 INTECSEA initiated several joint industry studies to develop solutions for deepwater production in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic, in which as many as 15 oil and gas companies participated. In 1992 INTECSEA was selected to manage the first phase of the DeepStar Program sponsored by Texaco. In this role INTECSEA actively participated in the efforts of a multi-discipline industry group to extend the technological production limits and develop solutions for subsea operations in water depths to 10,000 ft and greater. As a result of these initiatives, the offshore industry has moved to subsea systems configurations that are now more modular and allow greater flexibility with reduced risk. These concepts have been implemented worldwide. INTECSEA has been able to validate these concepts via many subsea deepwater project applications.
DeepStar Awards Phase II of Magnetic Drive System Concept for Electric Submersible Pumps

DeepStar Awards Phase II of Magnetic Drive System Concept for Electric Submersible Pumps

Artificial lift technology company Upwing Energy and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have been awarded the next phase of the Magnetic Drive System project by DeepStar, a global offshore research and development consortium. The new phase, based on the successful completion of a design study last year, will include the design, build and test of enabling technologies that are the backbone of Upwing’s MDS concept for a reliable and retrievable Electric Submersible Pump. The proof-of-concept phase, targeting deepwater offshore and subsea oil well applications, is sponsored and funded by the Nippon Foundation - DeepStar Joint Ocean Innovation program and supported by project champions Chevron, Shell, Petrobras and Equinor. Upwing Energy will design, fabricate and test a full-scale passive radial bearing assembly as well as a magnetic vibration and temperature sensor system to be utilized between the pump stages and motor in the MDS. MHI will design, fabricate and test a few stages of the high-speed, efficient hydraulic pump. The detailed design of the prototype and validation of major components of the MDS will determine the technical and economic viability of the MDS pump system. Upwing and MHI engineers will begin work on Phase II of the project in June and are scheduled to complete the experimental prototype, including component testing, by May 2021. DeepStar is a joint industry technology development program focused on advancing technologies to meet its members’ deepwater business needs to deliver increased production and reserves. DeepStar members include Shell, Total, CNOOC, Anadarko, Equinor, ExxonMobil, JX Nippon, Chevron, Petrobras and Woodside.
Meet The DeepStar Management Staff
The DeepStar Board

Shakir Shamshy


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Joseph Gomes

Program Manager

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Femke Leeraar

Program Specialist

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Yoshitaka Nakano

Facilities Group Manager
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Clay Thompson

Director, GOM Operations


Cesar Lima

Senior Subsea Engineer 


Sandeep Patni

Manager - Deepwater Technology


Khalid Mateen

VP, Eng. & Technology

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Joseph Gayneaux

Global Head, Projects & Facilities Engineering



Shakir Shamsy

DeepStar Director &

DeepStar Board Chair


Jeswin Joseph

Principal Electrical Engineer


Wei Sun

Mechanics & Marine Section Manager

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