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.
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.
As the industry moves toward recovery and stability, OTC will attract global industry professionals, government officials, academic experts, and many other organizational representatives to discuss technology and broader industry issues and assess the future. FEI is a maker of high-powered microscopes whose growth plan in exploration and production includes building a service company. 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.”
Veros Systems took top honors at a competition involving energy startups. The technical directors’ special session at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition presented challenges on the E&P frontier in an industry grinding through a period of deep cost reductions. How can AI systems incorporate processes mimicking the slower logic- and causality-based reasoning patterns of the left brain? R&D may be the key to the survival of companies as the new economics of the industry take hold. BHGE shared its plans for the integration of its services, products, and digital platforms for upstream to downstream applications.
Technologies are being developed that have the potential to support marine mining in all stages from prospection to decommissioning. These developments will likely have substantial influence in the oil and gas industry, itself searching for ways to maximize exploitation of assets. The CEO of Houston Mechatronics told an Aramco Innovation Day audience that robotics is at the same point that the Internet and online communication were at in the mid-1990s and will soon become “the iconic technology of this century.” Saudi Aramco is on a mission to increase the amount of seismic data that it collects by fourfold, while reducing costs and acquisition time by half of what it spends today.