February 2012 | Volume 1, Number 1
Challenges of Accurate Cost Estimation for Facilities
Cost estimation for facilities depends on early concept selection and critical inputs, often complicated by uncertainty in one or more of the critical inputs. Empirical cost models and cost modeling methods using these inputs vary in degrees of scope, comprehensiveness, and robustness.
Handling Produced Water From Hydraulic Fracturing
The recycling of produced water and fracture flowback water for reuse in hydraulic fracturing is on the rise in the development of unconventional resource plays.
Best Practices for Flexible Pipe Integrity Evolve
Operators are increasingly recognizing the need for a systematic assessment and management of flexible pipe integrity, but the identification of critical criteria and the means to best achieve valid and efficient inspection and monitoring (I&M) continues to evolve.
Final Commissioning and Initial Startup Workshop
Final commissioning and initial startup was the source of lively discussion at a recent applied technology workshop held in New Orleans. A summary of key points is provided.
Produced Water Treatment: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Produced water and its treatment and management are growing challenges in all producing regions.
Direct Mount Solenoid Valves
20 Jan 2012
The Bifold Group has introduced its range of direct mount solenoid valves, manifold, and accessories ...
Tank Level Measurement System
13 Jan 2012
Ferguson Beauregard’s iLevel features a level sensor that is certified for Class I, Division I envir ...
Floating Gravity-Based Mooring Device
06 Jan 2012
The Gael Force Group has launched its new SeaLimpet floating gravity-based mooring device for subsea ...
INTRODUCING OUR COLUMNISTS
The Rise of Facilities Engineers
Facilities engineers in the oil and gas industry have grown in stature over the past decade—the huge sums of capital we now spend have assured that. We are a growing presence as facilities become larger and more complex.
Technologies, Trends, and Developments
For several months, a number of us involved with water treating have been thinking about how we would like to contribute to Oil and Gas Facilities. We had in mind a regular feature with an emphasis on water treating technology.
PEER REVIEWED PAPERS
Peer Reviewed Papers - Overview
The three papers in this issue compare the options available for multiphase pumping in both downhole and subsea environments, discuss design of electronics in deep water, and provide a case study on enhancing recovery.
Waxy-Crude Production Management in a Deepwater Subsea Environment
Systematic experimental and modeling approaches to designing a safe operating strategy for a 5-km deepwater-subsea-flowline case study are presented to address unplanned shutdown and restart events for waxy-crude production.
Pressure-Tolerant Power Electronics for Deep and Ultradeep Water
This paper presents results from an ongoing research project (SINTEF 2011) on pressure-tolerant power electronics. The main goal of the research is to provide and demonstrate solutions that enable power-electronic converters to operate in pressurized environments.
Comparison of Multiphase Pumping Technologies for Subsea and Downhole Applications
The selection criteria for multiphase boosting options remain somewhat subjective. A comprehensive literature review into the working principles of the major pump types identified the intrinsic advantages and limitations of each technology for subsea and downhole applications.
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GLOBAL MARKET TRENDS
Floating Production to See USD 68 Billion Investment
Investments in floating production systems are expected to increase sharply over the next five years, driven by a surge in installations.
Better Decisions: A Two-Way Street
Engineers in the oil and gas industry make tough decisions for a wide variety of issues, including risk and safety, and about design and other types of tradeoffs, as well as operational assessments.
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