Well, here we are again—the end of summer (at least for me). Since my last
report, my workload has tripled, and life seems to be running away. Still, I
manage to find time at the end of my working day to jot a few lines for your
Everything seems to slow down around the time of summer vacation, and this
journal is no exception. We have five papers for you in the September issue,
and these are:
Minimum-Cost Platform Designs—Cook Inlet, Alaska—This paper is useful
because it describes a facilities concept that is practical in both remote and
Arctic regions. There have been many self-installing concepts proposed over the
years, but most of them have been designed for shallow water in benign regions;
few have been installed. This concept pushes the boundary in terms of these
structures and is welcomed.
Experimental Research on Treatment of Produced Water From a
Polymer-Flooding Process Using a Double-Cone Air-Sparged
Hydrocyclone—Polymer flooding is usually considered for water injection
into heavy-oil reservoirs to overcome the difference in mobility between the
oil and water. The method presented in this paper for treating the produced
water is a promising technology that could make polymer flooding more widely
The Cost of Carbon Capture and Storage in the Perth Region—This topic
is very interesting for me at the moment. Those of you in touch with European
affairs will be familiar with the drive to develop a commercial concept for
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). I understand the European Union (EU) has
suggested that CCS will be required post-2020. From now to 2012, there is an
emissions trading scheme operating in the EU that places a value on greenhouse
gas emissions. I hope you enjoy this paper and find the information
Flexible Treatment Program for Controlling H2S in FPSO Produced-Water
Tanks—This paper suggests a new way to deal with the challenge of hydrogen
sulfide forming in storage tanks on and offshore FPSO. The technology could
perhaps be applied to other oilfield facilities such as tank farms and
produced-water settling facilities.
Offshore LNG Technology: A Comparative Study of Conventional and
Futuristic Salt-Cavern-Based LNG Receiving Terminals—The challenge of
increasing gas-storage capacity is one that most net consumer countries face.
This is an intriguing solution that is applicable to specific geological
features. Necessity is the mother of invention.
I hope you enjoy this edition of SPEPFC as much as I enjoy writing these
paragraphs. Please post your thoughts regarding these papers to the appropriate
discussion board by way of the Discussion link found below each title on the
Table of Contents page. If you have any further questions or comments, please
feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.