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Learn more about training courses being offered. Learn more about training courses being offered. This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments. Learn more about training courses being offered. Current and future SPE Section and Student Chapter leaders are invited to engage and share. Every attendee leaves energised with a full list of ideas and a support network of fellow leaders. Those sections and student chapters actively participating in this workshop have consistently been recognized with awards as the best in SPE. SPE Cares is a global volunteering drive aimed at promoting, supporting and participating in community services at the SPE section and student chapter’s level. On its official launch this year at ATCE Dubai, SPE Cares will conduct a “Give a Ghaf” Tree Planting Programme to help preserve Ghaf’s cultural and ecological heritage. The Ghaf tree is an indigenous species, specific to UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is a drought tolerant, evergreen tree that can survive a harsh desert environment. The initiative not only aims to hold events/activities at ATCE, but also recognise community service that SPE members are already conducting in their respective student chapters and professional sections. The KEY Club, open daily, is an exclusive lounge for key SPE members. The lounge is open to those with 25 years or more of continuous membership, Century Club members, current and former SPE Board officers and directors, Honorary and Distinguished Members, as well as this year’s SPE International Award Winners and Distinguished Lecturers. DSATS (SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) will hold a half-day symposium featuring keynote presentations on urban automation. This symposium will explore technologies being used in developing smart cities through the automation of their infrastructure, transportation systems, energy distribution, water systems, street lighting, refuse collection, etc. These efforts rely on many of the same tools needed for drilling systems automation yielding increased efficiencies, lower maintenance and reduced emissions. Their knowledge and experience can guide the path being travelled by the oilfield drilling industry.
During the past decade, industries have made tremendous efforts in developing robust and effective systems in health, safety, and environment. Now, companies are called on to focus on process safety as well. Considering most of the rigs deal with human-machine interface systems, the role of human factors is at the heart of any successful operation. Eye-tracking technology can be useful in real-time operation centers where ocular movement data can improve the professionals’ performance. What is the reality of risk in the hydrocarbon sector?
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is closely monitoring industry action over the current pandemic. So far, it has found that, while the pandemic is attracting great attention, there are no signs of safety being weakened. As industry imposes work from home, health checks, and other severe measures, could digitalization provide relief? The company has launched new climate ambitions to reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40% by 2030, 70% by 2040, and to near zero by 2050. A report from Norway’s Auditor General criticizes several aspects of the way health, safety, and the environment in the Norwegian oil and gas industry is followed up by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.
The bow tie concept of safety was on display at a recent live podcast presented by SPE, where representatives from Equinor, NOV, SOS International, and the Energy Institute discussed efforts to keep offshore workers safe during the current pandemic. The company’s departure from the Independent Petroleum Association of America is in line with its climate roadmap. As industry imposes work from home, health checks, and other severe measures, could digitalization provide relief? Equinor announced that one person at the Martin Linge field in the North Sea offshore Norway has tested positive for the coronavirus. The company says the person is not seriously ill.
Total is stepping up its research into carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies by signing a multiyear partnership with UK startup Cambridge Quantum Computing. This partnership aims to develop new quantum algorithms to improve materials for carbon capture. The French oil and gas major announced that it plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 for its global business across production and including energy products used by its customers.
With production declining and a nearby terminal closed, UK authorities have given the nod for decommissioning to begin on the aging North Sea gas field. Perenco has been in operation since 1992, with Perenco taking over as operator from BP in 2003. The completion of the subsea installation marks another major step for one of several projects scheduled to tie back to the Gjøa platform in the Norwegian North Sea. Production for the Wintershall Dea-operated project is expected to start up in 2021. The decision comes a year after Neptune stopped production from the North Sea gas field, and 4 months after it submitted decommissioning plans to the UK authorities.
This case study describes how gas condensates within a subsea tieback system behave very differently to condensed water from a wet-gas system and therefore a pseudo dry-gas system needs to be configured differently for gas-condensate developments. In a $60 to $70 oil environment, the subsea market is poised to grow around 7% annually up to 2025. But a significant portion of this activity is at risk if the price of Brent crude falls to $50 per barrel. Completion comes despite two cyclones disrupting the project area during installation, McDermott said. AUVs have evolved from an emerging technology with niche uses to a viable solution and an established part of operations in various marine sectors.
This case study describes how gas condensates within a subsea tieback system behave very differently to condensed water from a wet-gas system and therefore a pseudo dry-gas system needs to be configured differently for gas-condensate developments. The reciprocating compression division manufactures and services compression and engine systems that are used in a variety of applications, including the transmission of natural gas across domestic and international pipelines. Pioneer shut in 8,000 BOE/D production in its West Panhandle field in Texas on 6 March due to a compression station fire. Planning to use idle compressors, production is expected to restart later this month or in early April. As compressor stations are added to the natural gas gathering and transmission networks, the potential noise issues are coming under increasing public scrutiny at the same time as regulations are being rolled back.
Five key steps for shaping renewable energy projects are discussed. Delays and disruptions have stymied project plans in the past few months. How will companies prevent current stresses from morphing into catastrophic issues? The Italian oil company has redesigned its dedicated portal for suppliers. The company’s Supplier Portal and Collaboration Environment, which it calls eniSpace, is a platform combining communication, collaboration channels, and open innovation instruments with traditional procurement processes.
The Troll field is one of the largest gas producers discovered off Norway, but ensuring its long-term future required finding ways to drill wells in an increasingly fragile formation to develop its rich oil reserves. Statoil, operating the Troll field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, wished to run a deep sidetrack from the main bore in a multilateral well that would exit through the liner in the reservoir.