Unconventional resources are highlighted in this issue. Operators are using alternative methods of water management, including recycling and reuse of their flowback and produced water, and at the same time, reduce the volumes of flowback and produced water that have to be transported, treated, and disposed. One size does not fit all, and economic variables differ across fields, wells, and operators. Another article looks at how operators are increasingly implementing metric-driven chemical management programs. An inefficient CMP can not only be a major contributor to operating expense, but can lead to later problems with flow assurance and infrastructure integrity, such as corrosion and failures. Check out the article on the design of smallbore pipework connections. Vibration-induced fatigue failures of pipework smallbore connections due to turbulent flow excitation continue to occur in process piping systems. One of the primary causes of these failures is poor design. The article presents a method to develop the concept of a cutoff natural frequency into a practical application that can be used during the design process.
SPE’s flagship meeting—the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)—will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and showcase many exciting new technologies, products, and best practices.
ATCE 2014 will have an expanded technical program and special events focused on projects, facilities, and construction.
Technical demands for this discipline are changing, and SPE needs your help in bringing the latest technologies, discoveries, and solutions to the E&P community.
Submit a paper proposal by 27 January.
If your proposal is selected, you will present your paper to an audience of your peers at ATCE 2014, 27-29 October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
As a professional interested in projects, facilities and construction, we encourage you to submit a proposal on topics such as:
- Topside design and operation
- Process control
- Process safety
- Project management
- Commissioning and Initial Startup
- Novel technologies
- Chemical systems
- Material and Corrosion
Decide now to become an integral part of SPE’s tradition of excellence. Showcase your own and your company’s latest and most innovative technology at our premier technical conference.
SPE has formed a Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on flow assurance, a key area of interest for facilities engineers. This new section seeks to further the objectives of SPE in the free discussion of matters relating to flow assurance, to establish consensus on industry best practices, and to promote these practices widely.
Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at study groups, monthly meetings, forums, and workshops.
Enjoy the convenience of virtual meetings and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.
Challenges in the design of separators and Part 3 of a series about quantifying separation performance are highlighted. Check out the new approaches to corrosion monitoring and mitigation, and advances in coatings protection to extend offshore facility life.
I 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:
- 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.
- Three Technical Sections on Separations Technology, Water Management, and Flow assurance (effective Jan 2014).
- A variety of workshops on topics such as Final Commissioning and Initial Startup, Water Management, Chemical Systems, and Flow Assurance.
- SPE recently rolled out Petrowiki. It contains the entire seven-volume Petroleum Engineering Handbook series including Volume III: Facilities and Construction Engineering.
- 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.
The increasing demand for production of oil and gas continues and for sustainability purposes, basic sustainability principles should be considered for the future of our industry. Attend this 90-minute webinar on 21 January to learn more. More information »
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.
Attend this 90-minute webinar moderated by Melanie Brooke-Lander and presented by David Hollas and Carmen Santamaria. The topic is “A Sustainability Perspective on the Real-World Environmental Impacts, Solutions, and Best Practices Across the Stages of the E&P Lifecycle—From Seismic Acquisition to Abandonment.”
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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.
1. SPE R&D Technical Section Overview and Activities │1230–1245
Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman
2. SPE R&D Committee–Update on Key Initiatives │1245–1300
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