Feburary 2015 | Volume 4, Number 1
Lessons Learned as World's First Cell Spar Laid to Rest
After 10 years, the world’s first cell spar, Anadarko’s Red Hawk, was decommissioned. It remained the only cell spar fabricated and again made history as the deepest floating production unit ever decommissioned in the GOM.
Life Extension of Mature Facilities Through Robust Engineering and Chemistry Solutions
The development and upgrade of mature facilities is ultimately driven by the significant shift in the composition of the arrival fluids, mainly the increasing water cut and solids production.
Modeling the Behavior of Asphaltenes
For many projects, asphaltene management plans are a matter of remediation or prevention. In the past decade, models have been developed to predict how asphaltene particles will behave in oil—the conditions under which precipitation and agglomeration occur.
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.
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.
SPE Produced Water Handling and Management Symposium
The Produced Water Handling and Management Symposium will be held 20–21 May in Galveston, Texas.
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.
Freestanding Electrical Enclosure
31 Jan 2015
Rittal’s newest addition to its TS 8 freestanding enclosure series, the UL Type 4X, is rugged and du ...
28 Jan 2015
Cummins Power Generation’s QSK19 natural-gas-fueled generator is certified to meet the US Environmen ...
Handheld Pressure Calibrator
23 Jan 2015
Crystal Engineering’s HPC40 series handheld pressure calibrator incorporates features that extend th ...
19 Jan 2015
Precision Frac and Karmic Energy have teamed up to produce a digital fracwater-tank measurement and ...
Split-Frame Pipe Cutter
14 Jan 2015
The split-frame machine from Mirage improves the efficiency of pipe-cutting operations on infrastruc ...
Passive Junction Boxes
09 Jan 2015
Turck’s passive junction boxes with stainless steel ports help integrate multiple devices into a sin ...
Steel Spool Valve
05 Jan 2015
ASCO Numatics introduced the ASCO 364 series spool valve for control panel applications in the onsho ...
The Fracturing Meme
You have probably heard that the Eskimo language has several dozen words for “snow,” a frequently repeated and well-known idea. It is untrue. A meme is a snippet of culture that is learned by imitation and passed on by imitation or repetition.
ON THE MOVE
14 January 2015
LUX Assure appointed Hesham El-Brollosy as vice president of business development in the Middle East.......Read More
13 January 2015
David Currie was named CEO of JDR and appointed to the board of directors. He will develop commercia.......Read More
12 January 2015
Coretrax appointed John Fraser as director of global business development. Fraser, who had served as.......Read More
11 January 2015
The 3sun Group appointed James Smith to the newly created position of general manager of the subsea .......Read More
10 January 2015
Kirk Anderson was named managing director of the load-monitoring solutions division at Power Jacks, .......Read More
09 January 2015
Mark Stauffer has succeeded Mike Pearson as CEO of Orion. Stauffer, who previously served as the com.......Read More
Alan R. Curtis
08 January 2015
Oceaneering promoted Alan R. Curtis to senior vice president of operations support. He is responsibl.......Read More
07 January 2015
InterAct appointed Val Lerma as engineering manager. She has more than 30 years of experience workin.......Read More
06 January 2015
Deep Blue Engineering named Dieter Watelle as design engineer. He will develop the propulsion system.......Read More
05 January 2015
McCrometer appointed Melissa Aquino as president. She has spent 7 years at the company, recently ser.......Read More
Marcela E. Donadio
04 January 2015
Marcela E. Donadio was elected to Marathon’s board of directors. She previously worked as a leader o.......Read More
03 January 2015
2H Offshore appointed Madhu Hariharan as a director of its London office. Hariharan, who has worked.......Read More
02 January 2015
Express Energy Services named Kyle Lorentzen executive vice president and chief financial officer (C.......Read More
01 January 2015
Neil Chapman was appointed as the president of ExxonMobil Chemical and elected to serve as the vice .......Read More
PEER REVIEWED PAPERS
Peer Reviewed Papers: Overview
This month we again feature four papers that have completed the peer-review process, a process that depends entirely on dedicated individuals who serve either as technical editors or as associate editors.
Degradation (or Lack Thereof) and Drag Reduction of HPAM Solutions During Transport in Turbulent Flow in Pipelines
Polymer flooding in sensitive areas can require the transport of polymer fluids over long distances. Conventional wisdom limits transport distance or degradation occurs. This paper argues that critical velocity, not distance, is the controlling factor.
Dynamic Plastic Deformation of Deepwater Steel Catenary Risers Under Extreme Cyclic Compressive Loading
Steel catenary risers (SCRs) on a large-heave-motion vessel are susceptible to compression in the riser touchdown zone (TDZ). In this paper, a finite-element-analysis modeling method is presented to simulate deformation, pipe ovality, and local pipe buckling.
Prediction of Heavy-Oil Viscosities With a Simple Correlation Approach
Thermal recovery often causes variations in heavy oil viscosity. Yet viscosity is key to recovery, reserves estimation, and ultimately project success. A correlation for predicting viscosity is presented.
Optimization of Fuel Consumption in Compressor Stations
Compressor stations often consume 3-5% of the gas they are transporting as fuel. How to minimize this fuel consumption in an optimal manner is the subject of this paper.
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WATER TREATING INSIGHTS
Operators Explore Agricultural Options for Reuse of Flowback and Produced Water
Market dynamics and costs drive the search for solutions. In California, where water is needed, producers are finding potential for reuse of waste water.
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