Well hello again, devoted subscribers! Just where has this year gone? The
older you get, the faster time seems to go. It is scary! Winter is nearly here.
It is getting cold in Aberdeen with a light snowfall last week, early November.
Still, the good news is that Spring will be here again soon.
This issue completes our second year of publication, and I thank you for
staying with us as we grow. We have almost a full complement of papers for you
this issue, which is great and reflects all the hard work that our technical
reviewers have done to pull this together. We are always on the lookout for new
papers to publish, so if you have a suitable manuscript or paper, please send
it in to SPE and we will see what we can do.
The Effects of Partial Span Coverage for Deepwater Marine Risers and
Tendons With Fairings—This paper describes an interesting tank test to
determine the effect that short fairings have on vortex-induced vibration,
which is a common challenge for offshore vertical risers in the water
Smoothbore Flexible Riser for Gas Export—High-pressure gas flow
through conventional flexible risers has been an issue for some time. This
paper describes a new design of flexible riser for gas export that overcomes
the challenges. This paper describes actual operating experience with this new
design compared to the original risers.
Utilizing What We Know To Develop a New Source of Energy—This
interesting paper presses the case for not re-inventing the wheel for offshore
wind farms. Let us use our collective knowledge from oil and gas to help this
emerging industry so it does not have to relearn what we already know. You
never know—we might need a job in the future.
A New Class of “Green” Corrosion Inhibitors, Development and
Application—Often, conventional corrosion inhibitors are quite toxic
chemicals. Recent work highlighted by this paper shows that a new type of
chemical has the desired properties of a corrosion inhibitor and yet is benign
to the environment in which we live.
Options, Methods, and Costs for Offsite Commercial Disposal of Oil and
Gas Exploration and Production Wastes—This is an interesting paper for
those who have to deal with contaminated waste. It is generally applicable
worldwide, though the costs quoted are specific to the US. Local factors for
applicable elsewhere may change these costs.
Rapid and Low-Cost Methodology to Obtain an Updated Compositional Model
of Produced Fluids Using Separator Discharge Data Analysis—This paper is
very useful for anyone engaged in trying to simulate production facilities that
are in operation, especially when recent bottomhole samples are not available,
which is often the case. Even where bottomhole samples are available they are
usually old, not representative, or of dubious quality.
Offshore Natural Gas Liquefaction Process and Development Issues–This
is an interesting state-of-the art paper regarding LNG processes. It describes
the different processes and the main factors considered during process
selection. Although process efficiencies have increased over the years, the
processes still require substantial quantities of energy. Is there a more
efficient way to get the energy in the gas to market other than
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, positive
or negative, please feel free to contact the Executive Editor at
firstname.lastname@example.org, and I promise to read them.