The training of project managers is becoming a dedicated initiative in oil and gas companies. An operating company introduced a support group dedicated to project management and developed a program based on online resources, social networking, mentoring, and coaching.
The quantification of separation performance in gas/liquid separations is challenged by the weaknesses in different methodologies. Manageable approaches to quantification are presented to aid in the development of more consistent separator sizing and to reduce the level of empiricism typically employed.
The properties and characteristics of flowback fluids in hydraulic fracturing of unconventionals and the technologies generally used to treat them are highlighted.
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.
This discussion will address differences in flow back and produced water quality and compare with requirements for hydraulic fracturing formulations. Learn more: http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/spe/session.php?id=11046.
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.
Join Ilse Castellano for a ninety-minute presentation on local stakeholder engagement being a key element to project execution and business success.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn what foam is, how it is generated, and the effects of foam in a separator. Designing for foamy crudes in a new horizontal separator will be discussed in this 90-minute webinar from an expert with 35 years’ experience in oil and gas processing. See more »
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. Click here to learn more.
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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