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There are different definitions of what is Well Integrity. The most widely accepted definition is given by NORSOK D-010: "Application of technical, operational and organizational solutions to reduce risk of uncontrolled release of formation fluids throughout the life cycle of a well." Other accepted definition is given by ISO TS 16530-2 "Containment and the prevention of the escape of fluids (i.e. Well Integrity is a multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, well integrity engineers need to interact constantly with different disciplines to assess the status of well barriers and well barrier envelopes at all times. Wells that are used for steam injection or steam soak production or Geothermal heat are subject to high differences in thermal cycling and also referred to as Thermal wells.
Sinopec announced this week that production at China's largest shale-gas development has jumped 20% year-over-year. This is based on first quarter results that showed natural-gas production from the Fuling gas field in Chongqing reached a cumulative output of 1.78 Bcm, or nearly 63 Bcf. The boost comes after Sinopec brought 28 new wells on stream this year, the state-owned oil and gas producer said in an announcement. Sinopec is China's second-largest gas producer and said during its earnings call that it is aiming for an annual increase in gas output of 10% over the next 3 years. The operator produced a total of 30.2 Bcm in 2020 and is aiming for 34 Bcm this year. Sinopec's next expected milestones are 38 Bcm in 2022 and 42 Bcm in 2023.
The 2021 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), to be held 16–19 August in Houston, will honor this year's Distinguished Achievement Award recipients during an awards luncheon on 16 August. The conference will recognize Joe Fowler for individual achievement, ADNOC's Panorama for institutional achievement, and Russell Hoshman and Edward Heerema for the Heritage Award. Joe Fowler will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his extraordinary technical leadership in risers and pipelines, industrial leadership and entrepreneurship, significant contributions in higher education, and his substantial contributions to the societies that organize OTC. As principal investigator for the American Gas Association and Gas Research Institute, his achievements in offshore and land pipelines specifically focus on the collapse behavior of pipelines, the effects of dents on pipeline life, strength of tee and elbow fittings, repair procedures for damaged pipelines, and the development of a diverless pipeline repair clamp. As cofounder of Stress Engineering Services in 1972, and president from 1984–2015, Stress Engineering was selected twice on the Aggie 100 for the fastest-growing companies run by a Texas A&M alumni, best place to work in Texas by the Texas Association for Business in 2011, best place to work in Ohio from 2012–2014, best place to work in Houston in 2011, and best place to work in New Orleans from 2013–2015.
Aligned with SPE's objectives to support local communities, the Hasanuddin University Student Chapter established a strategic alliance with a local community in rural South Sulawesi, Indonesia. In the heart of the village, called the Green Valley, there is a crystalline river surrounded by beautiful vegetation with the sounds of chirping birds. The local community acknowledges the potential of this place as an ecotourism resource; however, they are conscious about the need for establishing a clear strategy to exploit the resources in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. With knowledge about the situation, the chapter brought additional resources to support the initiative and the community. Specifically, the students helped to map commercial and non-commercial areas/routes, as well as shared information on reforesting best practices and community-based safety management plan.
For more than 20 years now, the SPE Balikpapan Section continues to offer two types of scholarship programs to provide financial support (tuition fees and study support essentials) to students in eastern Indonesia: The University Scholarship Program (USP) and the Scholarship for Educational Assistance (SEA). During the most recent cycle (2020-2021), a total of 85 engineering and geoscience students (50% of them women) from STT Migas Balikpapan, Hasanuddin University, and the Kalimantan Institute of Technology were honored with a scholarship. The program reflects the commitment to diversity, gender equality opportunities, and advancing social mobility; in addition, it provides financial support within a holistic program that supports students' personal growth and development trough mentoring, coaching, and volunteering opportunities to develop a broad base of professional skills. Khusnul Khatimah, one of the grantees shared the importance that the scholarship played not only to cover her academic dues in the COVID19 context, but also to pay for essential internet services that allowed her to continue with online classes. Wilsen Supriady Lauwijaya and Eko Yudhi Purwanto, the leaders of the scholarship program, have committed themselves to continue with the program and prepare the future leaders of the industry.
Southeast Asian operators sit in the middle of the world's fastest growing economic region where energy demand is expected to double over the next 20 years. But this picture of growth has been juxtaposed with the region's declining oil and gas production--most of which comes from offshore fields--that has left it increasingly reliant on imports from overseas suppliers. The degree to which operators in Malaysia and Indonesia can help counter this trend was the focus of an executive panel last week at the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC). While acknowledging that the region is marked by challenging geologies and mature offshore fields, the executives spoke highly of what the future holds. Several things underpin their optimism, not least of which is the region's rising demand for natural gas.
The United States and the United Arab Emirates will work together on coordinating finance to decarbonize the economy, focusing on areas including hydrogen, renewable energy, and low-carbon urban design, a joint statement said on 5 April. US climate envoy John Kerry, who is leading efforts to get countries to step up commitments to cutting emissions, during a visit to UAE took part in a Middle East and North Africa climate dialogue in Abu Dhabi on 4 April. "We will particularly focus our joint efforts on renewable energy, hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, carbon capture and storage, nature-based solutions, and low-carbon urban design," a joint statement from the United States and the UAE carried on state news agency WAM said. On 4 April, the climate dialogue concluded with another statement that was signed by Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Sudan, the UAE, and the United States pledging to accelerate climate action, mobilize investment in a new energy economy, and help the world's most vulnerable cope with climate change.
Aramco and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) have launched a center of excellence for nonmetallic materials to develop and promote the use of nonmetallic materials in the building and construction sector. Dubbed NEx, the venture will be based at ACI headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and will leverage ACI's role as an authority and resource for the development, dissemination, and adoption of consensus-based standards for concrete design, construction, and materials. Aramco is a leader in the use of nonmetallic materials in oil and gas facilities to reduce corrosion, weight, and the cost of construction and operation. The initiative with ACI is part of the company's broader strategy to enter new markets, leveraging its hydrocarbon resources and technology to deliver advanced polymeric materials solutions across industries. The operator has laid over 6,000 miles of nonmetallic pipelines and integrated the use of a glass-fiber-reinforced polymer rebar in place of conventional steel in the construction of a flood mitigation channel at one of its refineries in Saudi Arabia.
The marine supply chain and linear manufacturing model has to become circular, adopting innovative upcycling solutions. Additive Manufacturing (AM) or Three Dimensional (3D) printing decentralized production, is suitable for repairing and remanufacturing industry components. Circular designs and reverse engineering can create a secondary market from reused, refurbished and shared services, materials and products. As users/consumers, shipowners should support new rules that implement the "right to repair", the concept of Extended Producer's Responsibility (EPR) and responsible innovation ethics. The maritime community has to urge manufacturers and makers (repairers) design shared services, with upcycled spares and circular products from secondary raw materials.
Subsurface woes that have plagued Petronas' Yetagun development since the beginning of the year have prompted the Malaysian state-run oil company to declare force majeure and temporarily cease production from the field. Yetagun is in the Andaman Sea, offshore Myanmar, in Blocks M12, M13, and M14. According to Petronas subsidiary PC Myanmar Ltd. (PCML), following challenges in well deliverability, gas production fell below the technical threshold of the offshore gas processing plant. The operator did not give a timetable for the return of production from Yetagun, adding only that it will be halted until further notice. "There has been a drastic decline in production level due to subsurface challenges in the field since January 2021 and it has further deteriorated recently," said PCML country head Liau Min Hoe.