April 2015 | Volume 4, Number 2
Forging of Subsea Equipment: Standardization of Specifications Aims To Improve Delivery Time
To provide a best practice approach aimed aimed at reducing delivery time and production costs and improving material quality, a joint industry project led by DNV GL resulted in a recommended practice for steel forgings in subsea applications.
Adapting to the New Normal in Oil and Gas Construction: How the Market Will Endure Growing Pressures
In February, President Obama vetoed legislation that would approve the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. The 7-year regulatory saga is emblematic of the regulatory and public relations burdens on US energy projects. With the rejection of the bill, the burden will grow.
A Strategy For Driving Step Change Reductions in Capital Project Cost
Many companies are seeking 20% to 50% reductions in project costs. This level of capital cost reduction requires serious rethinking of the strategy for developing and executing projects.
Current Developments in the World of Risers
New technologies, practices, computer modeling, and design may help to improve the methods for the condition assessment and management of life cycle for risers. As area of recent study has addressed methods to improve the prediction of the riser annulus environment.
Value-Added Engineering: A Solution to a Down Market
In the face of potential long-term revenue reductions and profit losses, the oil and gas industry needs a carefully planned, well thought-out approach to solving the challenges associated with a protracted widespread market downturn. Fortunately, value-added engineering can be part of the solution.
Healthy Cybersecurity Culture Requires Communication and Awareness
Betsy Woudenberg examined recent incidents and described how the oil and gas industry can develop the culture needed to combat cyber espionage in her SPE Digital Energy Technical Section presentation.
Proper Handling of Noncompliant Behaviors is Essential Toward Promoting Safety Culture
SPE Distinguished Lecturer Patrick Hudson discussed the types of safety culture found in organizations and the ways in which companies can improve their handling of noncompliant behaviors by employees.
PFC Lecture Series Covers Meter Selection and Applications
The SPE Gulf Coast Section’s Projects, Facilities, and Construction study group presented sessions during its spring lecture series on experts’ discussions of the processes involved in metering measurements.
Effective Scrubber Design Requires Holistic Approach
Jimmie Riesenberg, senior process adviser and separations lead at Chevron, discussed the finer points of a scrubber design in a presentation held by SPE Separations Technology Technical Section.
Cross-Industry Collaboration Ramps Up Flow of Ideas
When energy and healthcare collaborate, innovation is born. Pumps and Pipes, an unprecedented cross-industry collaboration between oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), cardiovascular medicine, aerospace, and academia, has grown into an international forum for transferable ideas and technolo
Public Support Necessary for Continued Shale Development
SPE Distinguished Lecturer Joseph Frantz, Jr. says stakeholder opinions will shape the future of hydraulic fracturing.
STTS To Hold Special Session on Gas Scrubber Design at ATCE
The SPE Separations Technology Technical Section (STTS) continues its study of gas scrubbing technology with a special session at the 2015 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition on 28–30 September in Houston.
Non-Alloy Handheld Spectrometer
30 Mar 2015
The SPECTRO xSort NonAlloy spectrometer with a silicon drift detector delivers a fast, reliable meas ...
Thermal Mass Flowmeter
25 Mar 2015
FCI’s ST100 series thermal mass flowmeter with VeriCal in-situ calibration verification system has p ...
Pressure Relief Valves
20 Mar 2015
Griffco has created one of the first diaphragm pressure relief valves to earn CE certification under ...
16 Mar 2015
MasterFlow 9800, a high-strength grout released jointly by FoundOcean and BASF, can be shipped and s ...
Tail Gas Analyzer
11 Mar 2015
AMETEK Process Instruments has introduced its third-generation H2S/SO2 tail gas analyzer with reliab ...
High-Pressure Ratio Compressor
06 Mar 2015
GE’s high-pressure ratio compressor is small, light, and efficient, thereby requiring fewer units pe ...
WATER TREATING INSIGHTS
Bacteria: The Real Water Issue of Hydraulic Fracturing
Though a best practice for sustainable hydraulic fracturing operations, using nonpotable water creates an environment in which microorganisms thrive. If left unchecked, bacteria can affect the environment and the economic viability of the hydraulic fracturing operation.
ON THE MOVE
15 March 2015
Steven Newman stepped down as president and CEO of Transocean. Ian Strachan, chairman of the board o.......Read More
14 March 2015
2H Offshore promoted Phil Ward from principal engineer to a director position in its Aberdeen office.......Read More
13 March 2015
Halker Consulting named Peter Dickey as vice president of business development. He has more than 35 .......Read More
12 March 2015
Mirage Machines appointed Adam Polisena as general manager. In the newly created role, he is respons.......Read More
11 March 2015
InterMoor named Cohen Guidry as the regional manager of west Africa. Guidry joined the company in 20.......Read More
10 March 2015
McDermott International named Darcey Matthews as vice president of investor relations. She previousl.......Read More
09 March 2015
David Hughes was appointed as vice president of engineering at FASTORQ, a provider of bolt-tightenin.......Read More
08 March 2015
Apache appointed Stephen Riney as executive vice president and CFO. Riney has more than 30 years of .......Read More
John J. Christmann IV
08 March 2015
John J. Christmann IV succeeded G. Steven Farris as president and CEO of Apache and Stephen Riney wa.......Read More
07 March 2015
Advanced Insulation appointed David Raynor as business development manager. Raynor has more than 25 .......Read More
Umberto della Sala
06 March 2015
KBR appointed Umberto della Sala as a member of its board of directors, replacing Linda Z. Cook, who.......Read More
05 March 2015
Nuverra named Greg Heinlein as executive vice president and CFO. He previously served as senior vice.......Read More
04 March 2015
Adrian Bannister has been appointed chief financial officer (CFO) of the OEG Offshore group of compa.......Read More
03 March 2015
Greene’s Energy Group promoted Tracy Cummins to vice president of key account management. Cummins h.......Read More
PEER REVIEWED PAPERS
Peer Reviewed Papers - Overview
The author discusses the papers in this issue, which address three topics: water treatment, pipeline embedment, and weight growth of offshore facilities during design.
Produced-Water-Treatment Systems: Comparison of North Sea and Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Water treatment systems in the North Sea differ from those in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). This paper provides a detailed understanding of these differences and provides insight into the design of water-treatment systems in general.
Optimizing Metal-Removal Processes for Produced Water With Electrocoagulation
Many oil and gas companies are pursuing fracture-flowback-water and produced-water recycling for subsequent drilling and fracturing operations. Removal of metals is important to success of these processes.
Upstream Offshore-Facility Weight-Growth Study
To help the industry understand offshore-facility weight predictability, IPA recently conducted a comprehensive study that sheds new light on facility weight performance and identifies the root causes of weight growth, providing guidelines for improving predictability.
A New Method for Leak Detection in Gas Pipelines
A simple, practical, and reliable method to detect a gas leak under the conditions of unknown inlet or outlet gas rate, or unknown inlet or outlet pressure, is highly desirable. This paper discusses such a method.
ON THE COVER
GLOBAL MARKET TRENDS
Floating Production Systems Expenditure To Total USD 81 Billion From 2015 to 2019
Though the projects that have already been sanctioned will ensure that spending in the FPS sector will remain high over the forecast period, the growth in FPS market is significantly less than expected due to the collapse in oil prices, and installations in 2018 will decline.
Industry Can Do More To Raise Awareness of Operational Safety
Gone are the days when missing a few fingers is a badge of honor in the oilpatch. Author, Distinguished Lecturer and Consultant Ken Arnold discusses how far the the industry has come in prioritizing safety, and what more can be done to improve it.
A Different Take on the Fracturing Meme
Gerald Verbeek contests the theory that fracturing opposition is meme driven.
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