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The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative has announced a technical and financial sponsorship commitment of nearly $1 million to the Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines to develop a transparent web platform to support real-time mapping and tracking of global gas flaring data. A billion-dollar fund will be available for innovations in flare minimization, venting elimination, fugitive-emissions reduction, and complete combustion.
Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver technology marks a major milestone in the growing trend toward swarm-deployed underwater vehicles. SPE’s newly launched technical section will provide a central hub for questions, answers, discussion, collaboration, and networking around unmanned systems for the oil and gas industry.
The seismic sensors will be dropped by six autonomous aerial drones and later be retrieved by an unmanned ground vehicle instead of conventional manual deployment and recovery by ground-based teams. AUVs aren’t limited to inspections and pipeline surveys. Deployment of a flotilla of AUVs to work on a project, and the communication among them, may someday lead to a subsea Internet of Things. The Hail 3D transition-zone seismic survey carried out by ADNOC is located in a UNESCO world-biosphere reserve. Effective environmental and ecological management throughout the project was attained through working procedures and monitoring programs.
A few weeks ago, I noticed that someone had viewed my LinkedIn profile. We all have had this happen, and often it will be recruiters or business development professionals looking for contacts, or people who wish to remain anonymous for some reason. The oil and gas industry's performance in executing megaprojects is dismal in terms of cost overruns and schedule slippage. Improving the success rates of major projects by ensuring the technical competence of engineers was the subject of a networking event at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston in May.
A producer in the Marcellus Basin selected Edge Gathering Virtual Pipelines 2 to capture and liquefy gas from its stranded wells in Tioga County. Initial operation is underway and is set to be ongoing until at least 2022. Researchers at Texas Tech University have released a study into wastewater production and disposal in the Marcellus Shale, proposing disposal hubs across the state of Pennsylvania that could reduce trucking distances. As part of a revised strategic plan, the Spanish company says it will invest more than $9 billion on its overall operations by 2020, with much of it going to its upstream business unit. Predictive models may help in the estimation of produced water volumes and the optimization of the locations for water recycling and disposal facilities to reduce truck hauling distances.
The 9th International Conference on Gas Hydrates featured discussions on key advancements in flow assurance, including the concept of risk management and anti-agglomerates being applicable strategies in transient operations. By using a Bayesian network, a probabilistic graphical model, in their shale operations, companies might eliminate some of the hurdles they face in these areas, an expert said at the 2016 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference.
What Are the Security Challenges of the Oil and Gas Market? Protecting the oil and gas market is key to a thriving economy. The list of security challenges for oil and gas requires the best technology solutions the industry has to offer. A panel of experts addresses the question "What are the security challenges of the oil and gas market?" A recent report details national and global security threats related to climate change in the hopes that decision-makers and leaders will recognize the relationship between global warming and security.
Malaysia’s Petronas, Shell Malaysia, and Thailand’s PTTEP are now in the midst of full-scale digital adoption. The companies are beginning to see results, but none is counting on a “big bang” in development of the technology soon. PTTEP to Buy Murphy Oil’s Malaysian Business for $2.1 Billion Thailand’s PTTEP is doubling down on Malaysian oil and gas in an effort to broaden its reach in its native Southeast Asia. A new measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tool has been designed that can operate reliably at 200°C and 207 MPa, providing real-time direction and inclination surveys, azimuthal gamma ray, annular and internal pressure while drilling, and shock and vibration measurements. A novel nonaqueous-fluid (NAF) system was designed to provide stable rheological properties with a nonprogressive gel structure and very good filtration control and filter-cake quality in wells where the expected bottomhole static temperature (BHST) exceeds 400°F.
Fugro and SEA-KIT’s partnership will develop unmanned vessels, while HII and Kongsberg will market naval and maritime products. The subsea operations company said its most recent campaign is the first fully unmanned offshore pipeline inspection completed “over the horizon,” surveying up to 100 km from the shore. Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver technology marks a major milestone in the growing trend toward swarm-deployed underwater vehicles.
OTC announces Distinguished Achievement Awards for 2020. The Offshore Technology Conference announced the inaugural OTC Emerging Leaders program, which will recognize young professionals from each of the OTC sponsoring, endorsing, and supporting organizations. The criticality of above-water riser hull piping requires frequent inspections. Traditional manual inspection methods present safety and efficiency concerns, but work is being done to see if robotic technologies—such as drones and crawlers—can do the job as good as, or even better than, humans. Operators are looking for ways to better handle water coming from subsea wells, which is typically treated at topside facilities.