Join your colleagues 30 September–2 October in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA for SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). You won’t want to miss the following projects, facilities, and construction expanded programming. Register now »
Dinner Event—”Determining the Basis of Design for PF&C Projects – Why Facilities Engineers Need to Think”
Monday, 30 September 1900–2200
Oil and gas production is fraught with uncertainty. Reservoir properties are determined only from very limited information. Until production startup, we have only estimates of the most important design parameters including production flowrate, oil gravity, GOR, gas density, water composition, among others. Many of these variables will change over time. An initial Basis of Design may constrain the facility design to meet specific parameters with little flexibility to account for reservoir uncertainties or the effects on facility Capex and Opex in trying to accommodate the wish lists of reservoir engineers.
Join us as we discuss the impact of reservoir uncertainty from a projects, facilities and construction point of view. Invited panelists will present reservoir engineering, operating company and detailed design perspectives.
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Special Session—Knowledge Sharing on Separator Design
Tuesday, 1 October 1400–1700
Reliable separation is becoming an enabling technology to develop remote location resources (e.g. Arctic, deep-water) and more difficult applications (e.g. heavy oil, produced water, sand disposal, and back-produced EOR fluids). Separations expertise and know-how are scattered around the globe with no centralized organization to foster separation technology learning’s, fundamental research, device qualification, or networking to discuss common problems among experts. The Separations Technology Technical Section (STTS) will help address these challenges, by sponsoring webinars, forums, conferences, capture lessons learned, and eventually even foster some JIPs. This STTS sponsored session will cover separator design issues: inlet cyclones, demisting cyclones, and use of CFD (computational fluid dynamics).
Paper Session – Projects
Wednesday, 2 October 0800–1155
This session will discuss managing offshore megaprojects, calculation of erosion to thermoplastic Lining Technology.
Paper Session – Operations
Wednesday, 2 October 1400–1700
Authors will discuss the topics of flare gas recovery, liquid entrainment, and naphthenates in crude oil production. Case studies and lessons learned will also be an interesting part of presentations.
Join us at OTC for a project management networking event on 8 May, “Assuring Technical Competence in Major Infrastructure Projects,” sponsored by Oil and Gas Facilities magazine. A moderator and panel of offshore industry project managers will discuss potential problems in assuring the technical quality of facilities projects.
Such topics as the structure of the oil company/engineering company relationship, the way both oil companies and engineering companies relate to their engineers, and whether we need to go beyond policies, processes, and audits to assure quality decisions will be discussed. Attendees will break into roundtable groups and discuss what they identify as problem areas and outline answers to the primary questions posed during the panel presentation.
The event concludes with a networking reception, a summary of the points made by the roundtable groups, and the introduction of the LinkedIn group to continue the discussion amongst participants.
A feature covers advancements in mercury removal from crude oil, discussing an upstream mercury removal plant in Argentina. Further development of the technology aims to reduce its footprint to allow for installations on offshore platforms.
Another feature discusses how the built-in biases of owner and contractor organizations toward optimism and overconfidence are root causes of cost overruns and schedule delays that have not been sufficiently explored.
The Water Treating Insights column highlights micro- and ultrafiltration technologies for offshore waterflooding, and the Culture Matters column discusses barriers to engagement and why it’s time for the oil and gas industry to get serious about public communication.
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Journey of Well Integrity will examine well integrity activities and answer the following questions:
- How transparent are we and do we have proof that our wells are safe?
- How are we handling public opinion as we strive to ensure environmental safety and retain the license to operate?
This important event will also discuss what operators must apply to assure well integrity and what evidence they need to conclusively demonstrate that the well possesses the required integrity.
Paul Hopmans, born 11 September 1950 in the city of Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands, is one of eight children and grew up in the country side. In education he enjoyed four years in technical college, Merchant Navy Engineering college four years, some years sailing in the southern hemisphere, and further studies for chief engineer. This was followed by four years in chemical industry, cryogenic gas plants. In that period he married and built his first house in the countryside. He has two boys and a girl who had the same pleasure of growing up in the countryside.
Hopmans joined Shell as a completion and well intervention engineer in 1978 with considerable workover and drilling experience including subsea, offshore/onshore activities with brown and green field developments in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. He was assigned the Principle Technical Expert (PTE) role for well integrity as a result of his passion for compliance to standards. This triggered his interest in IT and how to visualize compliance and the design of a well integrity management system. Its success led to the well engineering and well control applications that provide visibility in compliance, as well as the new era of communication platforms and real-time optimization engineering/deep water drilling activities.
As PTE he is involved in global industry standards for ISO well integrity in the operation phase and well integrity governance over life cycle—a new work proposal recently initiated. He is active as chairperson for the SPE Well Integrity Technical Section, the Well Integrity Global Integrated Workshop Series, and regularly participates in SPE events. His aspiration is to provide the industry with improved standards, effective communication of its application, and to yield a safer environment.
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will present its 2013 Distinguished Achievement Awards on 5 May 2013, at the Annual OTC Dinner to Ken Arnold, senior technical adviser at WorleyParsons, for individual achievement, and to Total Exploration and Production for corporate achievement. In addition, the Heritage Award will be presented to E. Dendy Sloan, professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and James Brill, professor emeritus at the University of Tulsa.
Arnold is being recognized for his outstanding leadership and extensive contributions to the E&P industry. His many achievements include playing an integral role in the offshore industry’s focus on safety through the development of Recommended Practices for offshore design and safety management and developing approaches to both equipment sizing and facility project management that are still in use today. He also has been instrumental in the effort to establish oilfield facilities engineering as a recognized technical engineering specialty.
Total is being honored for its Pazflor deep offshore development in Angola. Now 18 months into production, Pazflor is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated deep offshore developments to date. In addition to the first use of subsea separation and pumping on a wide scale, the project included the construction of the world’s largest FPSO and one of the most complex subsea networks. Pazflor made a significant contribution to industrial development in Angola with 3.5 million man-hours of work undertaken locally. The field started up 1 month ahead of schedule in August 2011.
Brill and Sloan are being recognized for their leadership and pioneering spirit. Brill is a trailblazer in the discipline of multiphase flow in pipes and wells. His research in this area led to the formation of the Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects. He also founded the Tulsa University Paraffin Deposition Projects. He has published more than 200 technical papers and research reports.
Sloan has been an industry leader, professor, and researcher in the area of hydrates for four decades. The modeling and simulation tools resulting from his research are used daily for the design and operation of offshore production systems. In 1993, he founded the International Conference on Gas Hydrates. Two decades later, the conference has grown to more than 1,000 participants. He has authored more than 230 publications and five books on hydrates in flow assurance.
Features cover managing subsurface uncertainties in facilities design, strategic shifts in well abandonment services, and an engineering perspective on rapid rise hydrocarbon fires involving structures. Read the latest developments in low-salinity water technology for use in IOR/EOR projects. Subscribe to Oil and Gas Facilities magazine or view the first issue for free.
When investigating incidents or accidents, there is a fundamental relationship between administrative controls (including procedures/policies) and the management portion of enforcement/accountability. The question is not only, “Do policies and procedures impact human performance?”, but should also be “How much to policies and procedures impact human performance?”. I want to discuss the role management and corporate culture have on the use of procedures and policies and what can be done to change both the management culture as well as the working culture with these documents.
SPEAKER: Ed Skompski, Vice President, Systems Improvement, Inc.
Edward Skompski has an engineering degree from the University of Florida, 1989. He has worked for the past 16 years helping companies improve both human and equipment performance through better Root Cause Analysis and corrective action design. Through teaching accident investigation, performing investigations and audits, and working with companies implementing improved systems he has been able to improve the safety, reliability, and productivity of thousands of workers and hundreds of companies.
Many industries including mining, pretrochemical, chemical, aviation and healthcare have benefitted from Ed’s experience and expertise. In the healthcare industry for example, he has worked extensively with both Patient Safety and Risk management to improve the quality of care provided to patients, as well as improving the work place for healthcare professionals. Prior experience includes working in the fields of health safety and environment with years of experience managing environmental cleanup and characterization.
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The January issue of JPT integrates the Technical Directors outlook, where I referred to issues related to the production analysis and reserves booking of unconventional plays. I have already received quite a few feedbacks, most of them (not all of them!) positive, and I would like to develop a little bit more on this issue.
SPE has a distinguished tradition of recognizing individuals who make significant technical and professional contributions to the worldwide E&P industry. We rely on your nominations to help us celebrate those who have made these contributions.
As an SPE member active in the technical discipline of Production and Operations, you know colleagues who have helped the industry. Nominate them for one of the following awards.
- International Production and Operations Award
- Regional Production and Operations Award
- International Completions Optimization and Technology Award
- Regional Completions Optimization and Technology Award
Nomination deadline—15 February 2013