Well, hello again to all our subscribers! I hope you're all looking forward
to summer, at least in the Northern hemisphere. We’ve got some interesting
papers for you today, ranging from work on field development to fundamental
research. Without further ado, our papers are listed below:
SPE 112710—Integrated Method for Designing Valuable Flexibility in Oil
Development Projects. This paper develops a new method for incorporating
uncertainty into the conceptual design for field developments. It discusses a
method for incorporating flexibility into the conceptual design to allow for
uncertainty in, for example, reservoir performance. It is an interesting paper
and certain to be of use to those involved in the pre-sanction project
SPE 127354—Latest Concepts of Plastic-Lined Water Injection Flowlines for
Deepwater Field Developments. One of the more recent developments in
corrosion protection of water injection flowlines has been the use of internal
plastic lining. This paper discuss the application of this technology to
deepwater flowlines using a J-lay installation vessel, which until now has not
SPE 115612—The Cliff Head Field Development—Flow Assurance and Production
Chemistry Challenges in a Marginal Field Context. This is an intriguing
paper about a waxy crude offshore development in Australia. These crudes
produce some interesting flow assurance challenges and it discussed the
approach taken, which is a combination of heating, chemicals, and recirculating
water to avoid stable emulsions.
SPE 110391—Evaluating Crystallization Risks in Liquefied-Natural-Gas
(LNG) Production. The formation of solid crystals owing to trace heavy
components in LNG plant feed is a known issue. There are few thermodynamic
tools available that can model this at cryogenic temperatures. This paper
evaluates some of these tools. This should aid design and operations engineers
to avoid this issue in the future.
SPE 115342—Effects of High Oil Viscosity on Drift Velocity for Horizontal
and Upward Inclined Pipes. This is a very interesting paper because, as the
proportion of heavy and viscous oil production grows, it is important that we
can accurately predict the performance of these systems, and this paper takes
an important step in that direction.
SPE 115485—Characterization of Oil/Water Flows in Inclined Pipes.
Following on the flow-assurance theme, this paper studies two-phase oil/water
flow which has been studied little to date. Its purpose is to demonstrate
experimentally the predictions of a previous correlation.
SPE 115610—Modeling of Inversion Point for Heavy Oil/Water Emulsion
Systems. This paper involves fundamental research into oil/water emulsions,
a subject which is very important when dealing with heavy or waxy crudes.
I hope you enjoy reading our selection today. We are always looking out for
new papers within the remit of this journal for peer review. If you would like
to submit a paper, please contact Managing Editor Chris Carpenter at email@example.com. If you have any
comments or suggestions, please send them to me; you can find my contact
details on the SPE website.