December 2013 | Volume 2, Number 6
Challenges in the Design of Separators
Reliable separation is becoming an enabling technology to help develop remote location resources and more difficult applications, such as heavy oil, produced water, sand disposal, and back-produced fluids in enhanced oil recovery.
Topside Processing Plants Go Compact on FPSOs
The development of compact topside processing plants for floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels is a growing industry trend that can reduce operating and capital expenditures over the life of the vessel, a researcher and scientist said recently.
Corrosion Monitoring and Mitigation Technologies
A wide range of corrosive elements and compounds from a variety of crudes has led to a renewed industry focus on corrosion and the effects it has on pipelines and vessels.
Advances in Coatings Protection Extend Offshore Facility Life
As producers push logistical and technological limits to operate in deeper water and more remote locations, maintaining and repairing offshore structures can present a number of challenges unique to these environments. One of the costliest is corrosion.
Gas/Liquids Separators—Quantifying Separation Performance—Part 3
In this third article of a three-part series, the results of selected gas/liquid separation case studies/sensitivities are presented to show the effects of key separator selection/sizing decision parameters, fluid properties, and operational parameters.
Low-Cost Technologies Can Boost Incremental Production of Mature Fields
A variety of low-cost technologies can result in an increase in production in mature oil and gas fields, although the increase is usually temporary and not always economical.
Defoamer Improves Flow, But Effect Is Temporary
A relatively small concentration of a defoamer can have a significant impact on the dynamics of multiphase flow within a pipe, but the effect is generally temporary.
Overseas E&C Firms Shake Up North American Market
A wide variety of factors have drawn foreign engineering and construction (E&C) firms to North America, and their presence has changed the dynamics of bidding on projects over the past few years, a panel of experts said recently.
Operators See Range of Options for Treating Flowback Water
A growing number of alternatives for treating flowback water enable operators to meet the requirements for discharge or reuse of the water in the fracturing fluid, a scientist said recently.
Separations Technology Technical Section Continues Growth into 2014
The ubiquitous nature of separations in facilities led to the development of the Separations Technology Technical Section (STTS) in 2011. In it's 3rd year, more activities are planned. Should you be a member?
Discipline, Focus, Execution, and Personnel Development Help E&C Firms Thrive
Change has remained a constant in the E&C industry for decades, but the firms that have thrived are those that remain true to a core set of basic principles.
Panel Focuses on Good Communication for Facilities Engineers
The challenges in achieving effective communication between facilities and reservoir engineers were addressed during a dinner and panel session held during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in October.
Low Insulation Resistance Solution
25 Nov 2013
Viper Subsea’s V-Life deploys an electrokinetic and electrochemical process to minimize and mitigate ...
Industrial Internet Router
18 Nov 2013
GE’s industrial router, the MDS Orbit MCR-4G, is designed to help owners of private communication ne ...
11 Nov 2013
Industrial Scientific’s Tango TX1 single-gas monitor has two identical sensors for the detection of ...
High-Pressure Water-Jetting Machine
04 Nov 2013
Jetstream Europe’s Magnetic Crawler MC250 contains a bank of floating magnets that enables the machi ...
WATER TREATING INSIGHTS
Water Management for Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional Resources—Part 4
This is the fourth article of a series covering water management in hydraulic fracturing (HF) in unconventional resources. This article discusses the use of mechanical vapor compression (MVC) as a desalination technology.
ON THE MOVE
Chad C. Fletcher
12 November 2013
T.D. Williamson named Chad C. Fletcher as vice president of Western Hemisphere operations. In his ne.......Read More
11 November 2013
Willbros Group named Brian Young as its director of integrity construction. Based in Houston, Young .......Read More
10 November 2013
Apache named Rod Eichler to the newly created positions of executive adviser to the chairman of Apac.......Read More
09 November 2013
Tekmar Energy named Ally MacDonald as its new chairman. MacDonald has 25 years’ experience in the oi.......Read More
08 November 2013
Wood Group Mustang named Mark Brett as director of business development for its process plants and i.......Read More
07 November 2013
Tethys Petroleum named Stephen Elliott as vice president of project development and Mark Sarssam to .......Read More
06 November 2013
McDermott named David Dickson to succeed Stephen M. Johnson as the company’s president and CEO. He w.......Read More
05 November 2013
Flexlife named Simon Hounsome as integrity and projects director and Jon Hawes as senior project man.......Read More
04 November 2013
Harkand named John Reed as chief executive officer (CEO). Reed, who has more than 30 years of experi.......Read More
03 November 2013
Fine Tubes appointed John Rooney as director of engineering and technology. Based at the company’s h.......Read More
PEER REVIEWED PAPERS
Peer Reviewed Papers: Overview
This issue features four papers, three of which deal with flowline- and pipeline-related issues. The fourth paper deals with the use of the ALARP (as low as reasonably possible) principle for evaluating environmental risks and impacts of produced water discharged to the sea.
Implementing a Deepwater-Pipeline-Management System
There are few deepwater-pipeline operators with expertise in pipeline repairs. This paper describes a strategy developed and implemented on deepwater-pipeline intervention, based on a deepwater operational experience built over a decade.
Improved Paraffin-Deposition-Profile Estimation in Hydrocarbon Pipelines and Effective Mitigation Review
This paper illustrates a numerical approach to estimate the deposition profile of precipitated wax crystals and its effect on flow-related parameters in pipelines. Options for avoiding these issues are also explored.
Simulation of Multiphase Fluid-Hammer Effects During Well Startup and Shut-in
In this study, software that is capable of modeling fully transient multiphase flow in wellbore and pipeline has been used to characterize the fluid-hammer effects of well shut-in and startup on the coupled subsurface and surface systems.
Use of the ALARP Principle for Evaluating Environmental Risks and Impacts of Produced-Water Discharged to Sea
As low as reasonably practicable (ALARP) is common for management of safety risks, but harder to apply to environmental risks. This paper explores the differences and proposes a modified method to support environmental risk analysis.
ON THE COVER
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GLOBAL MARKET TRENDS
Subsea Vessel Operations Market Poised for Increase in Demand
The global subsea vessels market is expected to reach more than USD 100 billion in the next five years, with demand up by 23%.
Risk Society: The Distribution of “Bads”
For this column, I have elected to do a book review on Risk Society by Ulrich Beck in which he argued that we are in the midst of a major cultural change in Western society.
A FACILITIES PERSPECTIVE
01 June 2018