SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Oil and Gas Facilities—June Issue Now Available

Optimization of reliability and maintenance (R&M) programs can unlock hidden value in facilities by reducing unplanned capacity downtime. Operators are taking a closer look at their R&M with many moving toward enterprise asset management.

Hydraulic fracturing (HF) in unconventionals presents unique water treatment and management challenges. Conventional HF may require 2,000 bbl of water per well, but unconventional HF requires between 50,000 and 120,000 bbl of water per well. Fluid volume, not fluid type and flowback rate, is the distinguishing feature of unconventional HF fluid management, compared with conventional HF. Five steps to developing a water management strategy are discussed.

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Projects, Facilities, and Construction

PF&C Summer Series: Five Things You Wanted to Know About Subsea Production Systems

In July, the Gulf Coast Section PF&C Study Group will offer a series of topics, presented by industry-recognized experts, to provide attendees with a general understanding of the challenges of subsea production and the methods implemented to address these challenges. Each session is scheduled as a one-hour presentation followed by a 30-min Q&A session.

  • July 3—3D software used to prevent an introduction to subsea hardware and basic field development.
  • July 10—Concepts associated with increasing recovery from subsea reservoirs.
  • July 17—Overview of deepwater floating production systems.
  • July 24—Flow assurance issues and methodologies for mitigating the risk of permanently or temporarily losing production.
  • July 31—Design and installation of umbilicals and flexible pipelines.

Location—Technip Energy Tower I, 11700 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. Contact: Brad Nelson, +1.832.230.8246, bnelson@maxoilsolutions.com.

Project Management Networking Event at OTC

Join us at OTC for a project management networking event on 8 May, “Assuring Technical Competence in Major Infrastructure Projects,” sponsored by Oil and Gas Facilities magazine. A moderator and panel of offshore industry project managers will discuss potential problems in assuring the technical quality of facilities projects.

Such topics as the structure of the oil company/engineering company relationship, the way both oil companies and engineering companies relate to their engineers, and whether we need to go beyond policies, processes, and audits to assure quality decisions will be discussed. Attendees will break into roundtable groups and discuss what they identify as problem areas and outline answers to the primary questions posed during the panel presentation.

The event concludes with a networking reception, a summary of the points made by the roundtable groups, and the introduction of the LinkedIn group to continue the discussion amongst participants.

Oil and Gas Facilities—April Issue Now Available

A feature covers advancements in mercury removal from crude oil, discussing an upstream mercury removal plant in Argentina. Further development of the technology aims to reduce its footprint to allow for installations on offshore platforms.

Another feature discusses how the built-in biases of owner and contractor organizations toward optimism and overconfidence are root causes of cost overruns and schedule delays that have not been sufficiently explored.

The Water Treating Insights column highlights micro- and ultrafiltration technologies for offshore waterflooding, and the Culture Matters column discusses barriers to engagement and why it’s time for the oil and gas industry to get serious about public communication.

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PFC Discipline Members Now Receive Oil and Gas Facilities at No Cost

SPE members who have designated Projects, Facilities, and Construction as their primary or secondary discipline receive Oil and Gas Facilities magazine at no cost. Subscriptions are USD 39 per year for SPE members who select other disciplines, and USD 175 per year for nonmembers.

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Projects, Facilities and Construction Members—collaborate online with SPE Connect

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the Project, Facilities and Construction (PFC) discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network. Other disciplines will be launching soon.

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Access the new PFC Technical Community.

Management and Information Members—collaborate online with SPE Connect

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the Management and Information (M&I) discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network.

Learn more about SPE Connect.

Access the new M&I Technical Community.

Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Members—collaborate online with SPE Connect

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSE) discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network.

Learn more about SPE Connect.

Access the new HSE Technical Community.

Drilling and Completions Engineers—collaborate online with SPE Connect

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the Drilling and Completions discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network.

Learn more about SPE Connect.

Access the new Drilling Technical Community.

Access the new Completions Technical Community.

OTC Names 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will present its 2013 Distinguished Achievement Awards on 5 May 2013, 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. In addition, the Heritage Award will be presented to E. Dendy Sloan, professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and James Brill, professor emeritus at the University of Tulsa.

Arnold is being recognized for his outstanding leadership and extensive contributions to the E&P industry. His many achievements include playing an integral role in the offshore industry’s focus on safety through the development of Recommended Practices for offshore design and safety management and developing approaches to both equipment sizing and facility project management that are still in use today. He also has been instrumental in the effort to establish oilfield facilities engineering as a recognized technical engineering specialty.

Total is being honored for its Pazflor deep offshore development in Angola. Now 18 months into production, Pazflor is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated deep offshore developments to date. In addition to the first use of subsea separation and pumping on a wide scale, the project included the construction of the world’s largest FPSO and one of the most complex subsea networks. Pazflor made a significant contribution to industrial development in Angola with 3.5 million man-hours of work undertaken locally. The field started up 1 month ahead of schedule in August 2011.

Brill and Sloan are being recognized for their leadership and pioneering spirit. Brill is a trailblazer in the discipline of multiphase flow in pipes and wells. His research in this area led to the formation of the Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects. He also founded the Tulsa University Paraffin Deposition Projects. He has published more than 200 technical papers and research reports.

Sloan has been an industry leader, professor, and researcher in the area of hydrates for four decades. The modeling and simulation tools resulting from his research are used daily for the design and operation of offshore production systems. In 1993, he founded the International Conference on Gas Hydrates. Two decades later, the conference has grown to more than 1,000 participants. He has authored more than 230 publications and five books on hydrates in flow assurance.