Howard Duhon has served as the technical director for a year and looks ahead to the PFC offerings planned for 2015.
Depending on the region and its specific challenges, operators are finding unique ways to address the water issue. In the past couple of years, new facilities have been built or repurposed with new technologies that may affect how companies work in water-stressed shale plays in the future.
Sour gas reserves, historically left undeveloped because of the technical challenges and costs involved in their extraction and processing, are being revisited as potential sources of supply in areas with high demand for natural gas. Only in recent years has technology advanced to an extent that makes processing of sour gas with high carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide feasible.
When people think of innovative design, they picture improving on an existing design based on lessons learned, or striking out in a new direction with a disruptive approach. For Anadarko, the secret of the “design one, build many” approach to offshore production facilities is to control its enthusiasm for change.
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Thermodynamic Performance Indicators for Offshore Oil and Gas Processing: Application to Four North Sea Facilities
Thermodynamic performance indicators were evaluated for technically achievable potential, the use of theoretical potential, and the total use of energy resources. The indicators were then tested on four North Sea platforms.
A proposed model for severe-slugging flow in pipeline/riser systems is compared, along with five other simplified models found in the literature, to results from the OLGA simulator. The new model compared well with experiments and OLGA simulations. Its limited number of state variables allows it to be used for model-based control design.
Subsea processing is increasingly used to boost production and reduce cost. Reliable subsea electrical–power is growing to support these loads, which calls for systems that are suitable for the hostile and remote operating environments. A modular, direct-current, electrical-power system was designed for a subsea field with medium or long step-out distance. Its performance was verified by a scale model.
Pilot plant trials in Oman of coagulation/flocculation-, flotation-, filtration-, and adsorption-treatment trials for polymer-flood produced water demonstrated the removal of most of the polymer, along with oil and suspended solids.