Hello and welcome to the March 2011 issue of SPE Projects, Facilities
& Construction journal. PFC provides a broad range of papers
that explain new and exciting topics. I hope you find these papers interesting
The first two papers deal with materials of construction and their use.
Guidelines for Filler-Material Selection To Minimize Preferential Weld
Corrosion in Pipeline Steels reviews recent field failures in light of
mitigation guidelines from existing literature. This paper highlights the
frequent use of inhibitors, but challenges the use of improved filler
materials. Offshore-Platform Startup Challenges: Materials Integrity and
Remediation highlights how stainless steels are affected by installation
methods and contamination. This illustrates the need for good construction
methods and quality control.
Deployment, Monitoring, and Optimization of a Scale Inhibitor and
Associated Corrosion Inhibitor Within a Deepwater Subsea Facility Offshore
Brazil provides lessons about typical problems found in a subsea
environment, including deposition of suspended solids, hydrate formation, and
incompatibility of chemicals with materials and produced fluids.
Sour Prediction of Salinity of Salty Crude Oil Using Arrhenius-Type
Asymptotic Exponential Function and Vandermonde Matrix describes a tool
with practical value for engineers to quickly predict the salt content in the
crude oil at various conditions without the need for experimental measurements.
Using Regression Analysis To Relate Safety and Environmental Outcomes to
Incidence Factors demonstrates how regression analysis is a quantitative
tool that provides insight into health, safety and environmental incidents that
are not readily available from qualitative analysis.
The final paper, CO2/Brine Surface Dissolution and Injection:
CO2 Storage Enhancement, is another paper that demonstrates the
broad nature of our discipline. A combined chemical and reservoir engineering
approach was used to define the important surface transport and subsurface
interactions. Important surface features include the energy balance, location,
sizing, materials specification, and costing of surface equipment for mixing
and transporting CO2 for subsurface storage.
Thank you for taking the time to review these papers. I welcome your
suggestions to improve our journal. Please email me at James.N.Collins@ConocoPhillips.com.
Thank you very much for your continued support and participation in the
PFC journal. I’m confident you’ll enjoy the March issue.