October 2014 | Volume 3, Number 5
Taking a Closer Look at Why Projects Fail
The high failure rate of projects is well documented. Companies want to find the most efficient ways of managing their investments, and when those investments do not meet their targets, they want to know the reasons.
Case Study: Sand Separation in Surface Facilities for Heavy and Extra Heavy Oil
Upstream separation processes remain a hot topic for facilities engineers. Striving to design separators with the optimal sizing for a variety of reservoir conditions, increasing water cuts, and dynamic gas/oil/water production characteristics is critical, but challenging.
Commissioning: Making the Connection Between Construction and Operations
Although the commissioning of a floating production system (FPS) generally takes place between the “mechanical completion” and “first oil” stages, commissioning activities begin long before then.
LLOG’S Delta House Who Dat Writ Large
LLOG Exploration’s Delta House floating production system (FPS) looms large over Kiewit Offshore Services’ fabrication yard in Ingleside, Texas.
The Value of Mentoring in Career Development
A few weeks ago, I noticed that someone had viewed my LinkedIn profile. We all have had this happen, and often it will be recruiters or business development professionals looking for contacts, or people who wish to remain anonymous for some reason.
Bakken Crude Rides the Rails Under Closer Scrutiny
With the Bakken production rate surpassing an average of 1 million BOPD, the issue of crude transport by rail and its regulation has moved to the forefront.
Oilfield Lighting Threatens the Dark Skies of Night
The term “bright skies” generally connotes optimism, except when used to describe the skies at night. Finding a naturally dark sky has become increasing difficult as the global population and development grows.
Project Safety is Critical in Construction and Commissioning
With events such as the BP Macondo blowout in the US Gulf of Mexico (2010) and the Pemex Ayatsil-C platform accident (June), the safety risks inherent in oil and gas projects are evident.
A Vendor’s View on Cost Control in Megaprojects
The factors contributing to out-of-control costs and delayed deliveries of projects are many. They range from unrealistic early cost and time estimates and human factors to the effects of geopolitical events.
ONS Focuses on Change: Costs and Climate Change Take Center Stage
“Change” was the theme of Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) 2014 in Stavanger, Norway, in August. While commemorating the conference’s 40th anniversary, speakers called for changes in “business as usual.”
Produced and Flowback Water Treatment
19 Sep 2014
Veolia’s ROSS technology treats upstream produced water to generate high-quality water suitable for ...
Radiographic Inspection System
15 Sep 2014
Applus RTD’s Rayscan Tankscan is a real-time digital radiographic inspection system that examines LN ...
10 Sep 2014
Chromalox’s silicone laminate tank heater is constructed of high-temperature resistance wire laminat ...
05 Sep 2014
Victaulic introduced the Series 727 ball valve, a high-pressure NACE-compliant valve with grooved en ...
GLOBAL MARKET TRENDS
Increasing Activity, Complexity, and Water Depths To Push Subsea Vessels Operations Cost Higher
Over the next 5 years Douglas-Westwood (DW) expect USD 122 billion to be spent on global subsea vessel operations—an increase of 64% compared with the previous 5-year period.
ON THE MOVE
12 September 2014
Viatran appointed Kevin Cornacchio as president. He has more than 25 years of industry experience, m.......Read More
11 September 2014
EFC Group appointed Anand Puthran as managing director. He has more than 15 years of experience work.......Read More
Lo Van Wachen
10 September 2014
ADIL promoted Lo Van Wachem to general manager of projects and developments. A former COO at the Off.......Read More
09 September 2014
ValvTechnologies named Oliver Perez as industry director of service. Perez most recently held servic.......Read More
09 September 2014
ValvTechnologies named Todd Blackburn as director of global quality management. Blackburn most recen.......Read More
09 September 2014
ValvTechnologies named Tom Singh as vice president of supply chain operations. Singh is responsible .......Read More
08 September 2014
Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) named John Wishart as chairman. He is group director at Lloyd’.......Read More
07 September 2014
Centrica named Iain Conn as CEO, effective 1 January 2015. Conn will also join the board, succeeding.......Read More
06 September 2014
Honeywell named Vimal Kapur as president at Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). He has been with Hone.......Read More
05 September 2014
Finder Pompe, which recently became part of Dover’s Pump Solutions Group, named Lorenzo Barbieri as .......Read More
04 September 2014
Claxton Engineering Services appointed Martin Jolley as vice president of sales and commercial. He w.......Read More
James M. Pappas
03 September 2014
The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) appointed James M. Pappas as acting pr.......Read More
PEER REVIEWED PAPERS
Peer Reviewed Papers: Overview
This month, the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition will be held outside of the United States for the second time in its history.
Barzan Onshore-Gas-Facilities Construction: Attaining Excellence Through a Comprehensive SHE&S Management System
A rigorous SHE&S program on the Barzan Onshore Project tracked 211 deliverables on a monthly basis and led to 131 million man-hours worked without a lost-time incident from July 2012 to March 2014.
Fast Production Recovery of a Typhoon-Damaged Oil Field in the South China Sea
After severe damage in a typhoon, the Huizhou oil field in the South China Sea was back on production in 5.5 months. This paper reviews how this feat was accomplished.
Pneumatic Controllers in Upstream Oil and Gas
Natural-gas-actuated pneumatic-control equipment has recently become a focus area for regulators trying to reduce the quantity of actual pollutants and greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere.
Optimization Study of a Novel Water-Ionic Technology for Smart-Waterflooding Application in Carbonate Reservoirs
"Smart water" is needed for effective waterflooding in carbonate reservoirs. A novel water-ionic technology, comprising nanofiltration and reverse-osmosis membrane-based processes, was identified for optimization in this study.
ON THE COVER
WATER TREATING INSIGHTS
A Comparison of Methods for Boron Removal From Flowback and Produced Waters
While storage and logistics are critical elements of the viability of water reuse, if the water chemistry is not fit for gel fracturing formulations, it will not matter how much is stored in centrally located impoundments.
Poetry at Work: An Engineer’s Passion for Safety Inspires Industry
In the August Oil and Gas Facilities, I wrote about the inherency of poetry in our work and how it helps define who we are. In this issue, I share a remarkable example of poetry at work in the mind and heart of an engineer and how it resonated with people and helped to change an industry.