June 2015 | Volume 4, Number 3
Improving Corrosion Inhibition Fluids and Techniques in Offshore Projects
This feature takes a look at the work being done by companies to improve corrosion inhibitor fluids and inhibition techniques for offshore projects.
Megaprojects Call for the “Total Project Manager”
Project managers for megaprojects that will take years to complete require special skills to deal with the many challenges. As a result, engineering and construction firms report a shortage of project managers.
Building a High-Performance Facilities Engineering Organization
In this article, a methodology is presented for the formation of a facilities engineering organization in an upstream operating company and others such as engineering contractors.
Driver of Water Sampling: Science or Risk Management?
Operators are increasingly sampling local groundwater prior to drilling as a risk management approach to deal with public concerns about hydraulic fracturing and other activities.
STTS Webinars Focus on Scrubber Designs
The SPE Separation Technology Technical Section (STTS) is presenting a webinar titled “Advances in High Capacity Internals and Performance Boosting With Inline Pre-separation”
Technological Innovation Needed To Extract Value from Mature Fields
Mature fields still have value, and technology can help to capture that value through increased efficiency and reduced costs.
Oil Price Downturn Requires a Closer Look at Project Cost
In a recent webinar, the speaker discussed mistakes companies make when prices are falling along with steps to help manage project costs in difficult economic times.
SPE Publishes Technical Report on Worst-Case Discharges
SPE's report on Worst Case Discharge is designed to help US offshore operators calculate WCD to comply with the BOEM definition.
Work-site Assessment Required for Effective Fatigue Risk Management
Companies have developed a greater understanding of the causes and effects of long-term fatigue on workers by adapting risk-based approaches to fatigue management. But it is important to incorporate work-site causes of fatigue.
Accounting for HSSE in an Enterprise Resource Planning System
A recent webinar provides six reasons for ensuring strong HSSE policies are included in a company's ERP system.
Tamar Startup Provides Lessons Learned
The Tamar deepwater gas development offshore Israel experienced a short 4-year gap between discovery and startup, but doing so required the tough decisions in handling significant flow assurance issues.
Technological Advances Needed To Combat Flow Assurance Issues
Flow assurance issues offshore fall into three main categories -- production chemistry (deposition), operational issues (sand, slugging, foaming, emulsions) and integrity (corrosion, erosion)
SPE Delta Section To Cohost Deepwater Technical Symposium
The SPE Delta Section will cohost its annual Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Technical Symposium in New Orleans in August. A variety of topics on deepwater exploration and production (E&P) will be presented.
Ultrasonic Flaw Detector
30 May 2015
GE Measurement and Control’s Krautkramer USM Vision+ is an ultrasonic flaw detector that operates in ...
Subsea Hydraulic Power Unit
26 May 2015
The subsea hydraulic power unit from Siemens and Statoil is designed for use in offshore oil and gas ...
EX Fiberglass Enclosure
22 May 2015
Phoenix Mecano’s Rose fiberglass EX watertight safety enclosure is a modified version of the company ...
Open Path Infrared Detector
18 May 2015
WiSub’s subsea connector system eliminates the pins from subsea wet-mate connectors with a solution ...
Subsea Structure Cutter
13 May 2015
Versabar’s VersaCutter provides a solution for subsea cutting operations. The current version has be ...
Subsea Tomography Scanner
08 May 2015
The Tracerco Discovery subsea computerized tomography scanner allows companies to nonintrusively ins ...
04 May 2015
OneSubsea’s multiphase compressor is a wet gas compressor with no requirements for an upstream separ ...
SAVVY SEPARATOR SERIES
Savvy Separator: Design of Cyclone Separators: Internals and Liquid Levels
Some internals components affect a separator's gas- and liquid-handling capability because of their effects on the liquid level. In this article, the interdependency of cyclonic inlets, cyclonic mist eliminators, and liquid level is highlighted.
ON THE MOVE
George L. Kirkland
01 June 2015
George L. Kirkland is retiring from his position as vice chairman and executive vice president of up.......Read More
31 May 2015
Wood Group Kenny named Bob MacDonald as its chief executive officer (CEO). MacDonald was previously .......Read More
23 May 2015
Justin Rounce assumed the newly created position of vice president of marketing and chief technology.......Read More
18 May 2015
Statoil appointed Anders Opedal as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of its.......Read More
15 May 2015
Helix Energy Solutions promoted Scotty Sparks to executive vice president of operations, replacing t.......Read More
14 May 2015
Rotork Controls has named Howard Williams as general manager of its Gulf Coast facility in Houston. .......Read More
12 May 2015
Kleinfelder, an engineering, architecture, and science consulting firm, hired Jeff Davies as senior .......Read More
02 May 2015
Wood Group Mustang promoted Edmund-Hugo Lunde to the position of executive vice president, where he .......Read More
02 May 2015
Brent Owen was promoted by Wood Group Mustang to senior vice president of project delivery functions.......Read More
01 May 2015
Tag Oil appointed Alex Guidi to the position of interim CEO. Guidi, the company’s chairman and found.......Read More
30 April 2015
ValvTechnologies named Tony Majka as its director of engineering. He will lead R&D, product deve.......Read More
Ajay Kumar Dwivedi
30 April 2015
The Oil and Natural Gas Corp. named Ajay Kumar Dwivedi as director of exploration for the Mahartna B.......Read More
Høye G. Høyesen
28 April 2015
MacGregor has appointed Høye G. Høyesen as vice president of the offshore mooring and loading divisi.......Read More
28 April 2015
Cornelius Weitzmann was named managing director of the power, oil, and gas business division at Voit.......Read More
PEER REVIEWED PAPERS
Peer Reviewed Papers - Overview
The peer review editor discusses the papers in the current issue and encourages readers to submit discussion on them.
A Review of Engineering and Safety Considerations for Hybrid-Power (Lithium-Ion) Systems in Offshore Applications
Hybridization of power systems is known to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions, with lower fuel consumption. This paper reviews available technologies to serve as a selection guide for planning such systems.
An Improved Model for the Prediction of Pipeline Embedment on the Basis of Assessment of Field Data
This paper reviews the current methodology for assessing pipeline embedment against field data, in which underprediction of pipeline embedment could be critical to design integrity.
Espirito Santo: Design and Operational Experience of the Use of Steel Risers on a Turret-Moored FPSO
The floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) facility Espirito Santo, located offshore Brazil in the Parque das Conchas (BC-10) field, is the world’s first turret-moored FPSO facility to use steel risers for fluid transfer.
Results of the Field Operation of a Distributed-Flux Burner in a Heater Treater in a Northern Canada Heavy Oil Field: Thermal Performance and Firetube Life
This paper presents data from both pilot tests and field tests of a recent burner retrofit of a horizontal heater treater at an oil sands field in northern Canada.
System-Reliability Analysis by Use of Gaussian Fuzzy Fault Tree: Application in Arctic Oil and Gas Facilities
Reliability analysis helps identify bottlenecks, assess risk, improve availability, and optimize maintenance. The challenge in Arctic regions is the lack of data -- normal climate analogs may not apply.
ON THE COVER
GLOBAL MARKET TRENDS
Despite Imminent Project Delays, Deepwater Spend To Total USD 210 Billion From 2015 to 2019
Operators have announced reduced budgets and delayed deepwater project sanctions. Despite these reductions, the long term outlook is for increased deepwater spending.
Public Perception is Vital to Success of Oil and Gas Industry Operations
Public perception is one of the most important variables in determining the success of oil and gas operations, and companies must do more to help shape this perception.
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