Hello and welcome to the September 2010 issue of the SPE Projects,
Facilities & Construction Journal. This is PFC's fifth year of
publication, and this issue continues to show the diversity found in the
journal. I believe that the SPEPFC Journal fills a critical need in the
upstream industry, not only by providing cutting-edge technology but also by
encouraging understanding related engineering topics in the oil and gas
industry. I hope this journal will provide a better understanding of specific
topics, some interesting new ideas to consider, and improved your knowledge in
The first four papers deal with fluid flow in vessels, hydrocyclones, and
pipelines. I found these interesting because fluid flow affects so many aspects
of facility deisgn. The motions of a ship impart movement to the fluids in
separation vessels, and methods to reduce the movements are described and
illustrated in CFD Verification of Engineering Options for Mitigating Liquid
Sloshing in Topside Vessels on a Floating Production Facility.
Mechanistic Modeling of Solids Separation in Solid/Liquid Hydrocyclones
develops a mechanistic model of the solids-separation hydrocyclone. The
modeling can provide good insights into the operation of these units.
Prediction of Slug Frequency for High-Viscosity Oils in Horizontal Pipes
highlights one reason that the multiphase-pipeline modeling has so much
uncertainty. Extended Analysis for Initiation of Local, Lateral
Displacements in Heated Submarine Pipelines continues in the pipeline area,
but, instead of evaluating the fluid flow, the paper provides a good discussion
on the buckling issues related to heated pipelines.
The final two papers are intended to provide a better understanding of
full-field uncertainty and some insights into reservoir issues. A systematic
uncertainty analysis can help solve the problem of screening and concept
selection while recognizing the relationship of the options and the uncertainty
of the estimates. This method is applied to gas storage facility design
decisions in a systematic manner in Gas Storage Facility Design Under
Uncertainty. Reusing O&G-Depleted Reservoirs for CO2
Storage: Pros and Cons presents a better understanding of the use of oil
and gas reservoirs for geological storage of CO2 risks in this type
of storage. Each reservoir type has its own risk profile, and understanding
these issues allows the facility designers to anticipate changes and include
off-design points that may not be communicated.
I look forward to working with you, hearing your thoughts, and learning of
your accomplishments. We all benefit from this knowledge transfer. I welcome
your suggestions to improve our journal. Please email me at James.N.Collins@ConocoPhillips.com or
Chris Carpenter, managing editor of SPE's peer-reviewed journals, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much
for your continued support and participation in the PFC journal. I’m
confident you’ll enjoy the September issue.