DeepStar is a consortium of companies with interest in developing technology for subsea exploration and production. Formed in 1991, it conducts research and development projects that are funded through annual membership fees. Projects are proposed and selections made by member companies on a two-year cycle. The ninth Phase will run through the calendar years 2008 and 2009.
In 2005, a group of Gulf of Mexico operators, who had conducted their own internal studies of gaps in subsea measurement technology, organized a DeepStar workshop to address deepwater measurement issues. Sixty people attended the DeepStar Workshop in Houston, and concluded by resolving to submit a deepwater measurement CTR (Cost, Time and Resources form). The CTR was submitted, funding was approved, and the DeepStar Project 8302, Improved Multiphase Metering for Subsea Tiebacks, was executed over the period from January 2006 through December 2007. Work on eight major gaps resulted in detailed reports that are available to DeepStar members at the DeepStar website.