Welcome to the premier issue of the new online-only journal: SPE Projects,
Facilities & Construction! We are very excited about this journal because
it is the first one SPE has produced that is dedicated to the tens of
thousands of professionals working in the design, construction, and
optimization phases of production and processing facilities. The topics that
this journal will cover are technical developments, case histories, and field
reports for all aspects of surfacefacilities design, project management,
operations, and abandonment including onshore, offshore (subsea,
platform-based, and floating based systems), and pipelines for oil and gas
developments. It will also cover topics such as liquified natural gas,
compressed natural gas, and gas-to-liquid plants, terminals, and
transportation concepts. We believe that SPEPFC will meet the needs of those
people with an interest in improving their productivity, limiting their
liabilities, and promoting innovative design. With this first issue, we hope
to entice each and every one of you into becoming loyal readers and dedicated
As all other SPE journals, SPEPFC relies on the contribution of papers from
its readers for its publication. We are constantly looking for suitable papers
to publish, and we welcome and encourage your submissions. If you have
recently written any papers or have ideas for topics of papers, please go to
www.spe.org for information on how to submit a paper. Once a paper is
submitted for publication consideration, it will go through the peer-review
process. This discriminating process is one of the things at which SPE excels,
and because of which we are able to produce top-quality publications. But
remember, the checks and balances involved in the peer-review process do take
time, so submit your paper now to be considered for publication sooner.
There are four issues of PFC each year: March, June, September, and December.
Though there are only three papers in this first issue, it acts as a precursor
for more to come. This issue introduces a flavor of the topics that we will be
covering in the future. We hope that the articles in this issue inspire you to
submit your own to future issues.
Starting off the SPEPFC journal this month are all offshore-related papers
covering such diverse areas as electrical, pipeline, and heattransfer
engineering. The first paper, Harmonics in Offshore Electrical Power System,
deals with harmonics in electrical power supply systems as they relate to the
operation of electrical submersible pumps. The run life of these pumps is
sensitive to the quality of the power supply, and with the high cost of
maintenance and repair, it is important to ensure that the run life is
The second paper, Advances in Deepwater-Pipeline Route Selection—A Gulf of
Mexico Case Study, is a case study on how the route for a deepwater subsea
pipeline was selected in the Gulf of Mexico. It describes the design process,
tools employed, hazards encountered, and their solutions.
The third paper, Water-Based Insulating Fluids for Deep-Water Riser
Applications, is an account of laboratory- and pilot-scale experiments to
determine the heat-transfer properties of a new waterbased insulating fluid
for deepwater risers. It describes the theory, experimental work, and results.
And now, with this brief introduction over, I’ll leave you to read the
papers kicking off this new online-only journal—SPE Projects, Facilities
& Construction. I hope that you enjoy them. Please feel free to e-mail me
with any questions or comments at Simon.Richards@petro-canada.com.