Technical Report Focuses on Offshore E&P Safety-Related Data
The report was written by a steering committee of SMEs with industry input from an SPE summit as well as members from SPE online communities. It is based on discussions and conclusions from the summit and is intended to provide guidance on an industry-wide safety management data sharing program.
Mining the Diamond From Data Improves Project Efficiency, Production
IoT has become a popular phrase in various industries. For upstream oil and gas operators, an IoT infrastructure may present an opportunity improve quality control on their projects, potentially reducing costs and increasing production.
SPE Announces Realignment of Technical Disciplines
The SPE Board of Directors has realigned the Production & Operations and Projects, Facilities & Construction technical disciplines under one Technical Director.
Mooring Systems Reduce the Risk of Hurricane Damage to Offshore Drilling Units
How do mooring systems reduce risks of hurricane damage to mobile offshore drilling units?
Deepwater Symposium: Sensors, Analytics Help Maintain Pipeline Integrity
At the 2016 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Technical Symposium in New Orleans, a presentation discussed the application of sensors and analytics in pipeline integrity management systems.
ATCE PFC Dinner: Bridging the Gap Between Facilities and Subsurface Engineers
The annual SPE PFC Technical Section dinner will take place during ATCE in Dubai on 26 September.
Clear Plans, Designs Necessary for Effective Three-Phase Separation
Operators must take a more practical and less theoretical approach to the design and construction of three-phase separators, with an honest assessment of their separation needs.
From the Publisher: Explore our New Online Publication
A new chapter begins today for Oil and Gas Facilities. In our move to an online publication, we’ve done far more than offer a different way of reading our content. Explore the many ways you can find the content that is most relevant and valuable to you.
Diverse Skill Set Needed for Successful Flow Assurance Career
The oil price downturn has created a precarious job market for aspiring engineers, especially in disciplines like flow assurance that are closely linked to high-cost deepwater development. However, despite the economic climate, it is still possible for people entering the job market to succeed.
Insider Threats Discussed at Cybersecurity Panel
A summary of the OTC panel discussion on the potential cybersecurity risks companies face from malicious actors, risk mitigation strategies, and emerging security standards.
USCG Discusses Evaluation of Continued Service for Offshore Facilities
The assessment of service life extension is not unique to oil and gas facilities, and commonalities exist in evaluating the equipment and components in other sectors.
NASA Risk-Management Tool Could Help Offshore Industry
A quantitative, probabilistic risk modeling tool used for more than a decade by the NASA might help the offshore industry prevent low-probability but high-impact incidents.
Information Management Essential to Efficient Facilities
The amount of data within industry continues to grow. Information management is a significant challenge, but it provides an opportunity for improved project performance.
Dialogue Takes Aim on Project Costs, Schedules
Panelists at CERAWeek discussed the numerous steps their companies are taking to achieve large-scale permanent, in addition to cyclical, capex reductions on major projects.
Efficient Water Management Strategies Could Help Lower Costs
As the cost to source, transport, store, treat, and dispose of water remains relatively high, water management programs will become a greater priority in the coming year.
Training, Updated Procedures Essential to Cybersecurity Efforts
More than 45% of energy companies fell victim to at least one cyberattack in 2014, a higher percentage than in any other corporate sector. With constant hacking threats, companies must develop strong cybersecurity strategies.
Improved Models May Help Multiphase Flow Conditioning
In trying to reduce the footprint of facilities, operators often select the wrong piping components, hampering the performance. Selection of the right piping can avoid separation issues.
Optimized HSE Processes Central to Operational Risk Management Strategies
Change is constant in the oil and gas industry, bringing an increase in operational risk. As companies acquire and develop assets around the world, they must reduce their risk exposure by improving operational integrity.
Lecture Series Highlights the Roles of Facilities Engineers
Facilities engineers are being replaced with a combination of project engineers, package engineers, and other specialists, leading to an increase in complexity in upstream projects.
Using CFD Modeling To Evaluate Scrubber Inlet Design
Computational fluid dynamics modeling has proven promising for improving scrubber performance.
Efficient Water Management Needed in Low Oil Price Market
In the current economic environment, efficient water management practices will become even more essential for companies looking to run successful hydraulic fracturing operations.
Project Complexity Requires Enterprise Thinking
The failure rate for megaprojects is often blamed on complexity. A dinner during ATCE asked whether there is a limit to the degree of complexity we are capable of effectively managing.
Separations Technology Technical Section Continues Success and Growth Into 2016
In its fifth year, the Separations Technology Technical Section has grown to more than 1000 members. The new section chair provides his perspective on what the future holds.
Community Engagement Key to Public Perception of Industry
The oil and gas industry must learn to engage with local citizens better if it is to build upon its social license to operate. A joint PFC/HSE luncheon during ATCE addressed this topic.
Knowledge of US Corruption Act Critical to Multinational Companies
Recent investigations underscore the importance of understanding the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for both US and non-US companies.
STTS Continues Webinar Series With CFD in Gas Scrubber Redesign
Learn how different inlet designs affect fluid dynamics and ultimately scrubber performance.
Inlet Devices, Gas Demisting Devices Are Keys to Improving Scrubber Performance
A webinar on scrubber design explains how to enhance separation efficiency by using an inline cyclonic separator as a pre-separator upstream of the scrubber.
Automated Technology Needed in Wake of Oil Price Downturn
A recent webinar discussed the challenges the industry faces in adapting automated systems and the steps that operators should take to tackle the challenges.
Collaboration, Openness are Critical to Success of Zero-Incident HSE Culture
Improving safety culture is an important goal that can improve, and eventually eliminate HSE incidents in oil and gas.
Situational Awareness, Cognitive Biases Influence Decision Making
“Decision Making: What Makes a Decision Good,” was the topic of a recent webinar held by the SPE Human Factors Technical Section.
STTS To Hold Special Session on Gas Scrubber Design at ATCE
"Gas Scrubber Design and Validation for Robust Separation Duty" is the title of a special session planned by the Separations Technology Technical Section.
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.
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.
Separations Technology Technical Section To Hold Webinar on Scrubber Design
The SPE Separations Technology Technical Section (STTS) will hold a three-webinar series on the theme of gas scrubbing technology this year with the first to be held on 3 March.
SPE Produced Water Handling and Management Symposium
The Produced Water Handling and Management Symposium will be held 20–21 May in Galveston, Texas.
Aerospace, E&P, and Medicine Face Similar Challenges: New Trend Looks Beyond Technology Transfer
Where will the next big idea come from? A number of oil and gas giants are looking to the stars. Not literally, but oil companies are convinced that valuable synergies can be gained by working closely with other industries facing similar challenges.
Southwestern Energy Approaches Goal of Freshwater Neutrality
Southwestern Energy plans to be freshwater neutral in its hydraulic fracturing operations by next year, and the company is well on its way to achieving that goal, said the leader of the group responsible for bringing it to fruition.
Modeling of Macondo Slug Flow Indicates Lower Total Discharge of Oil
The presence of slug flow in the riser of the sunken Deepwater Horizon could make a significant difference in financial penalties for BP in the wake of the Macondo incident, an expert said.
Sleep, Lighting Measurements Quantify Fatigue Risk
A lack of sleep and excessive lighting in the workplace can have negative long-term health effects for industrial shift workers.
Operator Involvement is Key to Facility Operability
Facility operability is a matter of safety and efficiency. Though most facilities are built and operated successfully, problems sometimes arise during the design phase that can lead to costly incidents.
Call for Nominations: Distinguished Lecturers
The annual selection of SPE’s Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) has begun. If you are unfamiliar with the DL program or have not explored it in depth, consider learning more as the selection process for the 2016–2017 lecture season began on 1 February.
Effective Safety Culture Necessary To Understand Accident Causation
While there is no one way to prevent all accidents from occurring, organizations can develop an effective safety culture that allows them to learn from their mistakes.
Radical Change Needed To Improve the Efficiency of E&P Projects
A webinar examined reasons why projects fail to meet profit expectations and how success potential can be enhanced.
Models for Asphaltene Phase Behavior and Deposition Evolve
Rice University has been working on effective models of phase behavior and asphaltene deposition as a path to improved design that can reduce this challenge for operators.
New EPA Regulation Offers Opportunities for Emissions of Waste Gas
A new federal air quality rule from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could affect how the oil and gas industry handles waste gas emissions.
Optimizing Existing Separation Facilities Maximizes Recovery of Oil
The SPE Separations Technology Technical Section (STTS) hosted a special session titled “Unlocking Hidden Production Potential in Existing and Mature Fields” during the recent ATCE.
Escalation in Decommissioning Costs Drives New Approaches
While decommissioning is not new, the need is accelerating, along with cost and regulatory requirements. A panel at ATCE discussed the challenges in executing decommissioning projects.
SPE International Awards Recipient for PFC
Gene Kouba was recognized with the Projects, Facilities and Construction award during ATCE.
CSB Report Reveals New Details, Lessons Learned From Macondo Incident
Several different factors contributed to the Macondo accident, according to an analysis by the CSB.
Industry Panel Discusses Future of Energy and Construction
A panel of oil and gas industry experts at the Rice Global Engineering and Construction Forum discussed megaprojects and the joint responsibility of owners and contractors to make them better.
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.”
Case Study: Repsol Shows the Way To Conserve Ecuador’s Amazon
The United States shale boom brought the issue of social license to operate (SLO) to the forefront.
Design of Onshore Production Systems for Unconventional Resources
The application of lessons learned in projects is generally a trusted approach to tackling design challenges. However, the design of onshore production systems for unconventional resources does not allow for straightforward crossover from onshore or offshore conventional to unconventional systems.
PF&C Summer Lecture Series Focuses on Floating Production Systems
The SPE Gulf Coast Section’s Project, Facilities, and Construction study group is hosting a series of lectures, “What Have We Learned About Host Selection in Deepwater GOM After 20 Years of Being Off the Shelf?
Changing Dynamics of Inflow Drive Upstream Separator Design
Engineers who design separators often use rules of thumb. While useful, the theoretical guidelines are typically written for downstream separators and are difficult to apply to the changing dynamics of upstream field conditions.
Clear, Effective Standard Operating Procedures Needed to Improve Safety
Industrial accidents rarely occur because of failures in design. More often, they occur because operators make faulty decisions while under stress or because they do not follow sensible maintenance procedures.
Separations Technology Technical Section Will Hold Special Session at 2014 SPE ATCE
The 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) will take place in Amsterdam. With its aging wells and processing facilities that present specific challenges, Europe is an interesting place for oil and gas production and applied separations technology.
Flow Assurance Discipline Offers Career Alternatives
Flow assurance is a burgeoning field that offers many opportunities to young engineers—provided they are willing to develop expertise in a range of technical disciplines to obtain additional nontechnical skills.
Industry Shows Growing Concern for Sustainable Operations
The growing attention on sustainable development has prompted many oil and gas companies to take a hard look at their operations and to build a framework for making them more socially responsible.
Project Managers Must Use a More Integrated Approach to Improve Performance
Project management professionals need to revise the traditional methods of evaluating the efficiency and progress of major projects, if they want to improve their performance record.
Will LNG Plants Meet a Growing Demand for Clean Energy?
LNG will increasingly be the way to bring stranded gas to market so that it can meet demands for clean-burning fuels. LNG basics for engineers was the subject of a recent webinar presentation.
Electrocoalescence: An Alternative Technology for Separating Emulsions
The growing amount of heavy crude processed worldwide has created additional separation challenges, leading some operators to turn to alternative technologies. In some cases, electrocoalescence has been an effective tool to separate oil from water.
The Science and Technology of Hydrocyclones
A recent webinar focused on hydrocyclones and their application for offshore oil and water separation. The discussion includes fundamental science, practical considerations, implementation and field experience.
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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.
Technology Critical To Developing Unconventional Resources
Unconventional resources are often in good supply, but difficult and expensive to develop. To develop unconventional resources, technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are key, and higher oil prices will help.
Webinar Highlights Effects of Foam in Separators
In an SPE webinar, “Foaming in Separators: Handling and Operation,” Wally Georgie, principal consultant at Maxoil Solutions, presented an overview of foam generation and how the design of processes and chemical management can exacerbate its detrimental effects in separators.
2013 ATCE Special Sessions and Event Highlight Projects, Facilities, and Construction
The 2013 SPE ATCE to be held 30 September–2 October in New Orleans features technical and special sessions, and a dinner event spotlighting projects, facilities, and construction.
Accelerated Development of Unconventional Resources Drives New Surface Facilities Trends
The rapid growth in the development of unconventional shale resources has changed business-as-usual for onshore production equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
Webinar Highlights Ethics for Engineers
In a recent webinar in April, “Ethics for Engineers,” Larry Brown, a licensed professional engineer in Oklahoma and Texas and an SPE Distinguished Member, reminded engineers of the ethical obligations they carry in their professional careers.
Networking Event Yields Ideas for Improving Technical Competence in Projects
Improving the success rates of major projects by ensuring the technical competence of engineers was the subject of a networking event at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston in May.
Separations Technology Technical Section Gains Momentum
Separations technology-related content has been expanded and made available to SPE members through the efforts of the Separations Technology Technical Section.
OTC Names 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will present its 2013 Distinguished Achievement Awards on 5 May at the Annual OTC Dinner to Ken Arnold, senior technical adviser at WorleyParsons, for individual achievement, and to Total Exploration and Production for corporate achievement.
Oil and Gas Facilities To Sponsor Project Management Networking Event at OTC
The success rates of E&P megaprojects has dropped over the past decade. What is causing this falloff in performance?
Charting New Waters: Decommissioning of Deepwater Structures
Industry has overcome the technical challenges with decommissioning in shallow water. But as deepwater structures require removal, a whole new set of decommissioning challenges will require new solutions. This article highlights some of these challenges.