The magnetic property of drilling fluid is one of the substantial error sources for the determination of azimuth while drilling deviated wells. These effects represent a significant cost to be mitigated. The error becomes even more pronounced if drilling occurs in Arctic regions close to the magnetic North Pole (or South Pole). Join Arild Saasen as he discusses the topic and gives guidelines to minimize the negative effects of magnetic shielding.
January 12, 2015 Perm, Russia
January 14, 2015 Ukhta, Russia
January 15, 2015 Samara, Russia
January 19, 2015 Trondheim, Norway
January 20, 2015 Oslo, Norway
January 21, 2015 Bergen, Norway
The 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Oct. 27-29. Of special interest to me as R & D Committee Chairman was SPE’s first Research & Development Competition held on Monday, 27 October. The contest specifically encouraged researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to address the 6 E & P Grand Challenges: (1) Higher Resolution Subsurface Imaging of Hydrocarbons; (2) Produced Water Management, (3) In-Situ Molecular Manipulation, (4) Increasing Recovery Factors from Oil and Gas Fields, (5) Carbon Capture, Storage and Sequestration; and (6) Minimized Environmental Impact. This year’s winners were as follows: (1) “Electrical Mitigation of Hydrocarbon Fouling for Reduced Chemical Inhibitor Utilization (Vaibhav Bahadur, The University of Texas, $30,000), (2) ” Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies as Displacement Fluids in EOR” (Mustafa Akbulut & Cenk Temizel, Texas A & M University, $20,000), and (3) “Multi-Wavelength Sized Finite Elements for Efficient Subsurface Imaging” (Omar Laghroughe, Hariot-Watt University, $10,000).
SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Correlating Flow Regimes and Fluid Properties with Corrosion in Pipelines
Presenter: Dr. Probjot Singh, ConocoPhillips
When: Thursday, 22 January from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX
Registration Fee: SPE Member, USD 40; Nonmember, USD 50
The presentation will discuss corrosion mechanisms that have emerged in production systems due to changes in flow regimes and thermal behavior as conditions changed during field operations. We will see how corrosion monitoring data with fluid analyses, flow modeling, and additional laboratory testing have been effectively used to understand the corrosion mechanism and develop solutions for control.
1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A
Attend a web event on “Application Fiber Optic Technology for Well and Reservoir Management” presented by Gustavo Ugueto and Paul Huckabee on 26 February.
Attend a web event on “Safety Culture Before and After Bhopal” presented by Howard Duhon on 11 March. This webinar will tackle some challenging questions such as – ‘How is safety culture different today?’, ‘What impact did Bhopal have?’, and ‘Did it have more impact on design or on operations?’
Come to London to attend this key industry event for excellent technical content, an innovative exhibition, and professional networking opportunities. Download the Conference Preview for a first look at the technical sessions, special events, and training courses. New in 2015 is an interactive plenary session titled Successfully Delivering Wells in a Changing World. Panelists are Khaled Al Mogharbel, Schlumberger; Ivan Tan, Shell; Arne Lyngholm, Statoil; and Jack Winton, KCA Deutag. There will also be a half-day dedicated Young Professionals programme.
Receive an early bird discount on full conference registration when you register by 17 January 2015.
Oil and gas companies are making long-term investments around the world in costly, technically complicated projects where unanticipated community concerns can significantly reduce the return on investment. One of my goals as HSSE-SR Technical Director is to convince technical decision makers with a deep understanding of the project they are working on that success can depend on something outside the realm of the design specifications and engineering—PUBLIC ACCEPTABILITY. Many project delays are the result of non-technical issues. For a variety of reasons, there is not always a straight-forward path to address these issues early in the project life cycle. Some ideas to better prepare the industry include: (1) dealing with sustainability issues beyond regulatory requirements, (2) recognizing issues outside the workplace or outside the normal bounds of exploration, development production, which will require attention, and (3) understanding that what works changes from place to place. In June 2015, the first SPE Health and Social Responsibility Forum will be held in Miami, Florida. This forum will explore the role of the oil and gas industry in community health and include experts from outside the industry in health, technology, and academia. Health impacts are a very real community concern. The issues can range from the impact of noise and emissions associated with high volume unconventional development in the US to dealing with the health issues created when an oil company brings in people to remote places with few medical professionals. These issues can have a profound impact on pubic acceptability of our industry. One can lead to fights over drilling bans. The other can mean lost time for workers out sick or caring for their loved ones. Both point to the local nature of issues in this realm. This is not a generic issue but a very specific sustainability issue that can significantly impact projects and local perceptions. SPE will offer its first sustainability training program at its 2015 E&P HSSE Conference—Americas in Denver, Colorado. My priority is to instill in operations leaders that sustainability needs to be integrated into the very way they think about their projects.
International Petroleum Technology Conference
10 – 12 December 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Renowned Eastern Hemisphere oil & gas event – Dissemination of new & current technology, best practices, and multi-disciplinary activities to emphasis the importance of the “value chain” and maximizing asset value. D&C focused technical session: “Optimisation of Well Planning”,
“Fracturing Fluids: How to Frac with Less or No Water” by D.V. Satya Gupta
- Dec. 11, 2014 Great Yarmouth, England
- Dec. 14, 2014 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
- Dec. 16, 2014 Muscat, Oman
- Dec. 17, 2014 Cairo, Egypt
- Dec. 18, 2014 Tunis, Tunisia
The success of hydraulic fracturing technologies in North America is raising interest to develop unconventional resources in various parts of the world where freshwater resources are not readily available. The presentation will describe technologies currently available for fracturing applications using lower-quality water, fluid systems
that minimize or eliminate water, and systems based on non-aqueous liquids, or even no liquids at all.
DIRECTOR’S NOTE: In the early morning hours of 3 December 1984, a large amount of toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas was released from a Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant, which swept over a large, densely populated area south of the plant. Thousands of people were killed including some at the railway station 2 km away.
I was an employee of Union Carbide Corp. (UCC), the US parent company of UCIL at the time of the accident. There is a great deal that we will never know about the accident. It is difficult to investigate a catastrophe of this magnitude. Most investigations focused on the technical story. We know that, although significant safeguards were designed into the plant to prevent an MIC release, or at least to minimize its impact, all of the safeguards were bypassed, out-of-service, or otherwise rendered ineffective.
But there is a social story that is just as important. Four social drivers form the backdrop to the tragedy: (1) the appeal of socialism in India, (2) an extreme anti-expatriate legal system, (3) general national poverty with abject localized poverty near the plant, and (4) the lack of a safety culture. All of these made it difficult to operate a plant of this sort in India at that time.
Financial factors were important as well; the plant was not making money. UCIL had decided to permanently shut it down, thereby significantly affecting operator morale and exacerbating maintenance deficiencies. The plant was in its last production run at the time of the accident, working off the last batch of MIC.
Much has changed in the process industries as a result of Bhopal including many things that we take for granted, such as hazard and operability analysis, management of change, permit to work, and dispersion modeling. There is an important lesson that we have not learned – effective use of SOPs. The oil and gas industry needs to catch up with the airline and space exploration industries to instill an effective safety culture and to make following SOPs an absolute priority.
I am frequently struck by how little people know about this accident. I think it is important to not only remember those killed and injured in the accident but also to resolve that nothing like it will ever happen again.