Hello and welcome to the December 2011 issue of SPE Projects, Facilities
& Construction journal. This will be the final issue of this
publication, but the new Oil and Gas Facilities Magazine will publish
the PFC peer-reviewed papers. The peer-reviewed papers presented here
provide a great resource for our industry. PFC is set to become even
more important to SPE through the dedicated magazine and insights into both the
practical and theoretical sides of this discipline.
The first three papers deal with chemical processes involved in our
industry. Estimation of Potential Precipitation from an Equilibrated Calcium
Carbonate Aqueous Phase Using Simple Predictive Tool provides a simplified
precipitation tool that can be useful in ranking reservoirs for sequestration.
A New Proprietary Hybrid-Solvent Process for Improved Mercaptan Removal
provides details and field experience in the removal of acid gas and
mercaptans. Development of Simple-To-Use Predictive Tool for Rapid
Prediction of n-Alkanes Surface Tension provides an excellent
correlation of the surface tension to help in the design of distillation,
separation, and demisting equipment.
The next four papers are case studies that illustrate some of the problems
that can occur during production. Real-Time Simulation of the Dispersion of
Accidental Emission Release of Hazardous Substance on Industrial Site Using 3D
Modeling discusses the impact of accidental sour-gas releases within an
industrial site and the surroundings. Safety-Management Programs and
Standardized Application Equipment Minimize Risks of Nonconventional Chemical
Usage provides insight into the safety management program for this acutely
toxic, highly flammable chemical that can be used to treat oil and gas fields.
Best Practices in the Allocation, Commissioning, and Maintenance of
Ultrasonic Gas-Leak Detectors identifies the installation and calibration
requirements that make these sensors effective. On Interaction Buckling in
Platform Conductors confirms the buckling design for platform and jack-up
The next two papers target emissions and the impact to project selection.
Carbon Sequestration From Waste Through Conversion to Charcoal: Equipment
for a Small-Scale Operation discusses traditional and modern equipment used
for converting biomass to charcoal with the benefits and concerns. Boosting
Energy Efficiency Using Waste-Heat-Powered Absorption Chillers describes
the use of heat-powered absorption cooling to boost the efficiency of
The final three papers target field developments and illustrate the
important decisions needed for a profitable development. Modeling
Facility-Expansion Options Under Uncertainty provides a technique to
optimize the development plans recognizing the uncertainty in the expansion
needs of a conceptual project. Smart E&P Collaboration Centers: Design,
Technology Support, and Lessons Learned describes the benefits of these
centers for the delivery of cost effective, fully integrated multidiscipline
decisions. LNG for Petroleum Engineers provides an overview of LNG
liquefaction facilities, from inlet to storage and loading. This paper provides
a clear understanding of the technologies, equipment, and process choices
required for a successful LNG project.
Thank you for taking the time to review these papers. Please email me at James.N.Collins@ConocoPhillips.com
with any suggestions to improve our journal. Thank you very much for your
support and I look forward to your participation in the Oil and Gas