A hack on Italian oil services firm Saipem that crippled more than 300 of the company’s computers used a variant of the notorious Shamoon virus, Saipem said, a development that links the case to a massive attack in 2012 on Saudi Aramco. At least four US pipeline companies have seen their electronic systems for communicating with customers shut down over the last few days, with three confirming it resulted from a cyberattack.
Saudi Aramco’s Southern Area Oil Operations (SAOO) organization is one of the company’s critical areas of operations. This paper sheds light on SAOO’s continuing journey of sustainability and discusses implemented and planned activities that make sure the journey continues. Saudi Aramco and Raytheon signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture that will develop and provide cybersecurity services in Saudi Arabia and the region.
This paper describes the integrated approach taken by Petronas to reinforce effective management of fatigue. The installation of flowlines in ever-deeper and -more-remote areas requires specific technologies for precommissioning. Coiled tubing can be a solution, but long durations may affect tubing stress and fatigue.
At the 2018 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, Abdulla Al Marzooqi, manager of ADNOC’s Group HSE Unit and conference chairman, spoke with reporter Eithne Treanor. Abdulmunim Al Kindy, upstream director at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, delivered the keynote address at SPE’s international HSE conference in Abu Dhabi, saying that fundamental changes in work practices mean that effective HSE protection measures must remain at the center of operations. Abdulla Al Marzooqi, manager of health, safety, and environment for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, is the conference chair for the 2018 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility. When SPE’s international health, safety, and environment conference opens in April, it will bring together professionals from around the world. This gathering of professionals, on top of the technical information shared, is what makes the conference so important, said Jack Hinton, program cochair.
Working to lower sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions is beneficial from an environmental point of view, but it is not free. In fact, it comes with a substantial cost increase. This paper explores options for emission reduction at ADNOC’s Habshan gas-processing plant along with their costs. At the 2018 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, Abdulla Al Marzooqi, manager of ADNOC’s Group HSE Unit and conference chairman, spoke with reporter Eithne Treanor. Abdulmunim Al Kindy, upstream director at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, delivered the keynote address at SPE’s international HSE conference in Abu Dhabi, saying that fundamental changes in work practices mean that effective HSE protection measures must remain at the center of operations.
Klemens is a research assistant and PhD candidate in Petroleum Engineering (within Earth Science & Engineering program) at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (founded by Saudi Aramco) focusing on Multi-Data reservoir history matching utilizing ensemble Kalman-based techniques. His work has been presented at several conferences amongst others at the IPTC 2014 and the OTC Asia 2014 and in an invited talk at the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M. Klemens has come 2nd place in the IPTC YP Poster competition in 2014, 2nd place in the graduate division at the Middle East & South Asia Student Paper Contest 2013 and 2014. As the president of the SPE KAUST Student Chapter he has led chapter to qualify for the PetroBowl 2013 and 2014, as well as led the SPE KAUST Student Chapter to become an outstanding student chapter of the year 2014, the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Aramco studied such algorithms to produce images simulating the flow inside a pipe’s cross section, possibly reducing the need for separator-based multiphase flowmeters. A former technical manager with Petrobras discusses the development of the company’s flow assurance philosophies and strategies. Looped lines are used to reduce pressure drop and increase flow capacity, but information on the flow behavior or predictive methods are not available for these systems. Bypass pigging has advantages over conventional approaches. Its application to multi-phase flow with high wax content crude is discussed.
A Saudi Aramco engineer discusses being one of a few women, and how she balances work and family while sacrificing neither. Tjerk Joustra, Shell, reflects on his mentoring experiences and how they have helped him along his career path. A conversation with Tricia Stephens, who recommends getting out of your comfort zone. Eni engineer Andrea Rimoldi ponders whether a transfer to Angola is worth it. Tricia Stephens encourages risk taking and thinking outside the box.
Saudi Aramco’s plan to create a global network of research centers is becoming a reality. It recently celebrated the opening of its Houston center that the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer Khalid Al-Falih described as “an upstream research center like no other.” A US oil company is using its in-house laboratory's digital imaging devices to analyze reservoir rocks in new plays to answer questions raised by complex tight oil formations that cannot be answered using routine core testing methods.
Hydraulic fracturing is now a little bit easier for US shale operators thanks to readily available horsepower and in-basin sand. A closer look at technological and mechanical solutions being developed to limit exposure to respirable silica dust during hydraulic fracturing operations in the wake of US government regulations. A strategic objective of Saudi Aramco is exploring and developing deep and unconventional gas reservoirs, many of which are considered extremely tight.