June 2014 | Volume 3, Number 3
Offshore Construction and Installation Innovations Aim for Deeper Waters
During OTC in Houston last month, offshore construction capabilities drew a room-capacity audience to a technical session about advances in deepwater construction techniques and vessels, including pipelaying and heavy lifting.
Chemical Pretreatment of Guar Gum-Based Hydraulic Fracturing Solutions and Produced Water
Hydraulic fracturing solutions use a gelling agent known as guar gum to transport proppant. Flowback water can have guar gum concentrations has high as 1% by volume creating treatment challenges prior to reuse or disposal.
Improving Human Performance: Tackling the Challenges To Develop Effective Safety Cultures
Human error is identified as a root cause of accidents and incidents in 60% to 80% of the cases and a causal factor in another 50% to 60% of all mishaps across many industries.
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.
Mercury Partitioning Modeling
27 May 2014
Maxoil Process Solutions developed SilverMax, a tool for modeling elemental mercury partitioning in ...
High-Pressure Fluid Swivel
21 May 2014
SBM Offshore’s latest fluid swivel increases the operating range of high-pressure swivels by using a ...
16 May 2014
Automation Products’ CL10-HY density cell and Series 2000 digital density converter can be used to m ...
08 May 2014
Ashcroft bimetal thermometers can measure temperatures from -80°F to 1,000°F and have dials measurin ...
ON THE MOVE
13 May 2014
Decom North Sea (DNS) appointed Nigel Jenkins as chief executive, effective July 1, when he replaces.......Read More
Steven A. Manz
12 May 2014
Noble named Steven A. Manz as senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Paragon Off.......Read More
11 May 2014
Ron Horton joined William Jacob Management as vice president of operations. He has more than 30 year.......Read More
11 May 2014
Charles Lee joined William Jacob Management as vice president of business development and production.......Read More
11 May 2014
Michael Hutto was named vice president of structural engineering and design at William Jacob Managem.......Read More
10 May 2014
GE named Charles Nugent as vice president of manufacturing at GE Oil & Gas. Nugent has been with.......Read More
09 May 2014
InterMoor appointed Duncan Cuthill as general manager of InterMoor Marine Services in the UK and the.......Read More
08 May 2014
Stuart Bradie joined KBR as president and CEO, replacing William “Bill” Utt, who retired. Bradie has.......Read More
07 May 2014
IHC Merwede named Bram Roelse as chief executive officer (CEO), a role he assumed from Dirk Phillips.......Read More
06 May 2014
Phil Adderley joined Fine Tubes as technical and quality director, responsible for the company’s qua.......Read More
05 May 2014
Harkand named Mike Brown as general manager of diving services in North America. Brown is a US Navy .......Read More
04 May 2014
Wellsite Rental Services appointed Mark Johnson as president, responsible for managing operations an.......Read More
03 May 2014
DNV GL named Hari Vamadevan as its regional manager for the UK and southern Africa. He is responsibl.......Read More
02 May 2014
DNV GL named Liv Hovem as director of the Europe and southern Africa division. She has been with the.......Read More
PEER REVIEWED PAPERS
Peer Reviewed Papers: Overview
This month's papers are all offshore-related, covering a gas-to-liquids FPSO, facility startup, debottlenecking, and corrosion.
Multifaceted Approaches for Controlling Top-of-the-Line Corrosion in Pipelines
This paper reviews the mechanisms of initiation and the prevention of top-of-the-line corrosion (TLC). Recent research and developments are highlighted and validated to arrive at best practices for control of this significant corrosion manifestation.
GTL FPSO—An Alternative Solution to Offshore Stranded Gas
Roughly one-half of global gas reserves are considered stranded gas--uneconomical because of the remote location of potential markets, lack of economic transportation and infrastructure, or the lack of conversion technology. An FPSO with gas to liquids conversion is an option for stranded gas.
Debottlenecking Existing Offshore Production Facilities To Safely Extend Their Operation Capacities
Good early production caused an FPSO to reach the design topside limit with only five wells connected. A study was undertaken to determine how bottlenecks could be reduced to allow greater production without compromising process safety.
Innovative Solutions Enable Production Start of China’s First Marginal Subsea-Tieback Oil Field
Linhua4-1 was China’s first tieback subsea development project. To develop this marginal oil field, a number of technical challenges were overcome through a series of new technologies, and their successful development and implementation.
ON THE COVER
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Bhopal: A Root Cause Analysis of the Deadliest Industrial Accident in History
I was an employee of Union Carbide Corp. (UCC), and like other employees, I know exactly where I was when I first heard the news. Analyzing the root cause of this horrible accident provides insight and opportunities to learn from the mistakes that led to Bhopal.
GLOBAL MARKET TRENDS
Floating Production Systems Expenditure To Total USD 99 Billion From 2014 to 2018
The market for floating production systems is growing rapidly, with spending from 2014-2018 expected to increase more than 100% from the prior 5-year period. Factors such as increased local content contribute to growing expenditures.