Category Archives: Projects, Facilities and Construction

Welcome to New Technical Director: Projects, Facilities, and Construction

Howard DuhonI am very honored to serve as your new Projects, Facilities, and Construction (PF&C) Technical Director. There has never been a more exciting time to be a facilities engineer. Our projects are technically and socially complex and this complexity makes them the most interesting projects on the planet.

When I first joined SPE about 15 years ago, SPE was mainly focused on the reservoir, but that has changed dramatically. Thanks to the efforts of directors who proceeded me in this role (Ken Arnold, Paul Jones, and John Walsh) and those of many other volunteers, SPE now offers a host of services to the men and women who design, construct, and operate facilities.

I have spent the past 23 years in the oil industry (with 15 years in chemical plants before that). Much of my experience is in topsides process design. In recent years I’ve worked mainly in commissioning and initial startup planning. It will be my mission as the PF&C Director to use that background to guide SPE in the development of more services to facilities engineers. I will highlight some of those initiatives in future notes here. But for now, just a few words about what SPE already does for the PF&C community:

  1. Oil and Gas Facilities Magazine. This bi-monthly periodical, started two years ago, includes peer-reviewed articles, feature articles on a variety of topics, regular columns on water management and engineering culture. Expect much more in the way of how-to articles beginning early to mid-2014.
  2. Three Technical Sections on Separations Technology, Water Management, and Flow assurance (effective Jan 2014).
  3. A variety of workshops on topics such as Final Commissioning and Initial Startup, Water Management, Chemical Systems, and Flow Assurance.
  4. SPE recently rolled out Petrowiki. It contains the entire seven-volume Petroleum Engineering Handbook series including Volume III: Facilities and Construction Engineering.
  5. Social media tools to connect with other professions including the SPE LinkedIn site and SPE Connect.

We have come a long way and there is still a long way to travel.

  • Our projects are complex and we sometimes fail (on cost, schedule, and performance). We must do better.
  • I don’t think that we are training the next generation as well as my generation was trained. We must do better.
  • We have made great strides in personnel safety; perhaps less so in process safety. We must do better.
  • The local communities in which we install facilities frequently resist these developments. We must do a better job of engaging with local communities.

I look forward to serving as PF&C Director for the next three years and look forward to hearing your ideas on how SPE can better serve our community.

New Technical Section—Water Management and Handling

SPE has formed a new Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on water-related issues in the upstream oil and gas industry. The objective of this community is to expedite, facilitate, and provide a forum for discussion and cooperation on water handling and management.

The Water Handling and Management Technical Section will accomplish its mission through knowledge transfer at study groups, monthly meetings, forums, and workshops. Join now to engage in discussions with other SPE members.

Enjoy the convenience of virtual meetings for the most part, along with the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.

Learn more and join today »

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Renew before it ends on 31 December 2013.

From conferences and training courses to publications and online communities, SPE provides oil and gas professionals with the knowledge and resources required for successful E&P careers. Renew today to continue enjoying the many benefits of your SPE membership, including your Journal of Petroleum Technology subscription.

New to SPE? Check out the easy-to-navigate New Member Resource Center. The site also offers long-time members a fresh look at ways to stay connected, informed, and involved.

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R&D Technical Section Topical Luncheon Panel Session at ATCE

Tuesday, 1 October │1215–1345 │ Street Level, Great Hall Ballroom A/D │Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Event ticket purchase is required.

Production Monitoring and Control System Technologies Today and in the Future:  Applications, Impacts and R&D Needs

The SPE Research and Development Technical Section will host a special topical luncheon to facilitate focused dialogue on Production Monitoring and Control System Technologies. In a series of informative and thought provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss current uses and future opportunities for these technologies as well as outline the various R&D challenges and needs that must be addressed to overcome their present limitations. A panel question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Program


Doors Open│
1200

Presentations:  

1. SPE R&D Technical Section Overview and Activities │1230–1245

Mariano Gurfinkel
Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman

2. SPE R&D Committee–Update on Key Initiatives │1245–1300

David Curry
Technology Fellow, Baker Hughes
SPE R&D Committee Chairman

3. Topical Luncheon Panel Session: Presentations and Discussions 1300–1330

Moderator:  Cam Mathews
C-FER Fellow, C-FER Technologies
SPE R&D Technical Section Director

  4. Featured Panelist Presentations/Discussion Topics:

  • “Use of Production Monitoring and Control Systems for Optimization of Large Onshore Fields”
    Robert J. Tester, ExxonMobil Production Company
  • “Production Monitoring and Control System Use and Challenges in Shale
    Kemal Farid, CEO Merrick Systems
  • Challenges for Permanent Monitoring Systems in Extreme Well Applications
    Tad Bostick, VP Reservoir Monitoring, Weatherford

5.  Q&A Session/ Wrap-up 1330– 1345

6.  Adjourn 1445

Register now »

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R&D Technical Section Dinner at ATCE

Sunday, 29 September │1930–2200 │Blaine Kern A/B/C, First Floor, Marriott Convention Center Hotel

Event ticket purchase is required.

“Oil and Gas R&D, What is Over the Horizon?”

This event will feature a presentation about technology development and the need for more radical innovation to meet the future challenges in the oil and gas industry.

Program:

1.  SPE R&D Technical Section— Opening Statement, Overview and Activities

  • Mariano Gurfinkel
    Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
    SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman

2.  SPE R&D Committee—Update on Committee Initiatives

  • David Curry
    Technology Fellow, Baker Hughes
    SPE R&D Committee Chairman

3.  Technical Section Dinner Panel Session: Introduction  of Panelists

  • Moderator:  Mariano Gurfinkel

4.  Featured Panelist Presentations:

  • Mario Ruscev
    VP and CTO – Baker Hughes, Inc.
    Capture and Storage Institute
  • Jim Sledzik
    President – Energy Ventures USA


Sponsored by:

Weatherford

Oil and Gas Facilities—June Issue Now Available

Optimization of reliability and maintenance (R&M) programs can unlock hidden value in facilities by reducing unplanned capacity downtime. Operators are taking a closer look at their R&M with many moving toward enterprise asset management.

Hydraulic fracturing (HF) in unconventionals presents unique water treatment and management challenges. Conventional HF may require 2,000 bbl of water per well, but unconventional HF requires between 50,000 and 120,000 bbl of water per well. Fluid volume, not fluid type and flowback rate, is the distinguishing feature of unconventional HF fluid management, compared with conventional HF. Five steps to developing a water management strategy are discussed.

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Projects, Facilities, and Construction

PF&C Summer Series: Five Things You Wanted to Know About Subsea Production Systems

In July, the Gulf Coast Section PF&C Study Group will offer a series of topics, presented by industry-recognized experts, to provide attendees with a general understanding of the challenges of subsea production and the methods implemented to address these challenges. Each session is scheduled as a one-hour presentation followed by a 30-min Q&A session.

  • July 3—3D software used to prevent an introduction to subsea hardware and basic field development.
  • July 10—Concepts associated with increasing recovery from subsea reservoirs.
  • July 17—Overview of deepwater floating production systems.
  • July 24—Flow assurance issues and methodologies for mitigating the risk of permanently or temporarily losing production.
  • July 31—Design and installation of umbilicals and flexible pipelines.

Location—Technip Energy Tower I, 11700 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. Contact: Brad Nelson, +1.832.230.8246, bnelson@maxoilsolutions.com.

Project Management Networking Event at OTC

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.

Oil and Gas Facilities—April Issue Now Available

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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PFC Discipline Members Now Receive Oil and Gas Facilities at No Cost

SPE members who have designated Projects, Facilities, and Construction as their primary or secondary discipline receive Oil and Gas Facilities magazine at no cost. Subscriptions are USD 39 per year for SPE members who select other disciplines, and USD 175 per year for nonmembers.

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