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Gate valve bonnet failures from thermal expansion of fluids at high temperature - In a steam-assisted gravity drainage application, immediately after start-up, a gate valve bonnet failure caused a release of pressure to atmosphere. In thermal applications throughout the oil and gas industry, there have been incidents of valve failures during start-up. Resulting damage can include stretching studs and loss of pressure integrity between the body and bonnet. The main cause is pressure build-up in the gate valve cavity from thermal expansion of fluids, which was completely full and isolated. Such pressure exceeded the rated working pressure of the valve.(more...)

Featured Article of the Month

A three phase separator.

Produced well fluids typically contain a varied amount of oil, produced water, natural gas and sediment. The first step in processing these fluids is to split them up into individual components. This generally takes place at some types of separator. A three phase separator uses gravity to separate produced well fluids into gas, oil, and water phases.

Three phase separators may be designed in either vertical or horizontal configurations. In a horizontal separator, fluid enters the vessel and hits an inlet diverter. The resulting sudden change in momentum provides the initial gross separator of liquid and vapor. The liquid collection section of the vessel must provide sufficient for the oil and emulsion to form a layer or pad above the water. A weir maintains the oil level while an interface controller maintains the water level... (more...)

Featured Company of the Week

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FMC Technologies, Incorporated (NYSEFTI), is a U.S.-based oil and gas equipment and services technology company. FMC Technologies was incorporated in 2000 when FMC Corporation divested its machinery businesses. FMC has its headquarters in northern Houston, Texas.

Named by FORTUNE® Magazine as the World's Most Admired Oil and Gas Equipment, Service Company in 2012, the Company has approximately 18,400 employees and operates 30 production facilities in 16 countries. FMC Technologies designs, manufactures and services systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry.(more...)

Featured Editor of the Month

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Marc Archibald

  • Scale Specialist at Clariant Oil Services: October 2012 – Present (1 year 3 months)
  • Chemist 1 at Nalco Champion: February 2010 – September 2012 (2 years 8 months)
  • Senior Development Chemist at Clariant Oil Services: September 2001 – January 2010 (8 years 5 months)

Industry Headlines

Shell resumes drilling in Arctic

Anglo-Dutch supermajor had temporarily halted Chukchi operations because of bad weather

Pemex asks for more fields

Mexican state oil company requests one deep-water, five Tampico-Misantla blocks

FLNG players 'upbeat' on outlook

Gas floater owners see positives for market in coming years as LNG projects come online

Heerema confirms Culzean deal

Dutch yard group seals deal for two more jackets at Maersk HPHT gas field development off UK

Newbuild waiting game for Seadrill

Rig giant could postpone further deliveries as tumbling dayrates 'fail to justify long-term charters'

Husky probed on 'major' Canada gas leak

Canadian player and regulator looking into significant gas leak late last month

Zohr find ‘will not jeopardise import talks’

Eni’s monster gas discovery off Egypt won’t derail plans for deals on volumes from Israel and Cyprus, report says

Petoro in costs cut call

Head of Norway's state holding company sees 50% reduction as viable and criticises tardy drilling culture

Petrobras workers to go on strike

Union members protesting over job cuts and planned asset sales at Brazilian state giant

Shell's BG deal clears EC hurdle

Supermajor's proposed $70 billion takeover of UK gas player gets ok from European authorities

Kvaerner in novel LNG effort

Norwegian contractor eyes Russia for prospective near-shore barge solution for use in Arctic conditions

ION swings jobs axe again

US geophysical player chops large swathe of workforce for second time in a year as oil market sits low

COSL nets Rosneft driller deals

Pair of Russian company's subsidiaries to take semisub for Okhotsk Sea work next year

NAM to compensate homeowners near Groningen

Shell, ExxonMobil JV to pay damages for loss of property value linked to earthquakes

Xodus nabs Nexen North Sea decom FEED

UK player selected to offer support services for decommissioning of two fields

Joy at Jacana for GeoPark

Latin America-focused explorer unearths more pay at prolific block onshore Colombia

OGUK launches North Sea task force

Industry lobby group aiming to improve UK sector and maximise economic recovery

PPL hits Hala pay

Pakistani operator strikes gas and condensate at its exploration well Fazl X-1

Yinka sees positive shows at Aje-5 well

Nigerian player gets positive initial hydrocarbon results at latest probe on licence West Africa

Cairn India seeks jack-ups

Indian company requests expressions of interest for three jack-ups and many other services

Petrobras cancels Vantage drillship

US driller has legally challenged Petrobras' cancellation of Titanium Explorer

Odebrecht fined over Angola conditions

Brazilian construction player gets $13m fine from labour court for unsatisfactory working conditions: report

Achuar seize wells in Peruvian Amazon

Indigenous group shuts production on one block and eye Pacific E&P tract in protest with government

PGS puts Ramform Viking on ice

Norwegian player to focus on cash preservation as research survey vessel cold-stacked

UMW gets latest Keppel jack-up

Malaysian rig owner receives third unit from Singapore-based yard ahead of time and on budget

CGG completes Adnoc Hail-Shuweihat survey

French seismic player to begin processing the data collected in Abu Dhabi

NNPC eyes drones to fight oil theft

New boss Ibe Kachikwu vows to take to the skies to halt illegal bunkering and pipeline disruption

Modec FPSO starts up in Brazil

Japanese company puts its fourth FPSO in the pre-salt play to work

Oil extends losses on China data

Prices sink to new six-year lows after huge gains in previous sessions

Nexen to shut in Long Lake

In situ oil sands project down while operator complies with order to suspend 95 pipelines after spill

Kerry warms up to Arctic drilling

US Secretary of State says region can be explored safely

WPX sheds Powder River assets

US independent continues efforts to reduce debt through asset sales

Island to delay newbuild vessels

Offshore contractor will take on-time delivery of one of four vessels under construction at Norway's Vard Brevik yard

ConocoPhillips to gut global workforce

US oil major's job cuts have biggest impact on North American business

McClendon's AEP to explore Mexico shales

US wildcatter signs partnership with fund founded by former Mexico president Fox

Opec insiders 'surprised' at article impact

PR publication cited for big jump in oil price on Monday, but excitement appeared to wane on Tuesday

Williams in Steelhead LNG pipeline contract

Pipeline to supply proposed Vancouver Island facilities with natural gas

EIA: US petrol prices 'unchanged' with oil exports

Federal study finds that lifting US crude export ban will not raise price of petrol for US consumers

ConocoPhillips sees Surmont 2 first oil

US independent starts production at in-situ oil sands facility in Canada

W&T in $376m Permian sale

Houston-based player selling out of West Texas acreage to Ajax Resources

Vertex expands services portfolio

Alberta-based environmental services provider acquires trio of companies

New Malampaya platform installed

Shell’s depletion compression platform affixed on gas field off Philippines by Arup

Oil slumps on China data

Figures on Chinese manufacturing sector send crude down again after last week's turmoil

BG in 'Bongkot sale effort'

UK player seeking to dispose of major Thai gas asset amid pending takeover by Shell: report

Rosneft sticks to plans amid low oil prices

Russian player says 'no big changes'

GPK to start Shewashan drill

Development wells to be sunk as first oil targeted in 2016 for field in Iraqi Kurdistan

ION wins Tanzania survey deal

US player to acquire 4058 kilometres of 2D seismic data over offshore blocks in Rovuma Delta region

Subsea 7 Surfin' on Culzean

British contractor wins gig to carry out pipeline installation and tie-in work at Maersk field off UK

Penn West slashes more jobs, capex

Canadian player cuts capex again for the year to cope with current commodity price environment

Aker to axe subsea jobs

Norwegian contractor to cut 500 local staff due to lack of domestic field development work

Pacific gets Peru block operatorship

Canadian independent handed reins to prolific Block 192 by state player Perupetro

Origin hits Beetaloo gas

Shale gas exploration well hits more than 150 metres of net pay in Australia's Northern Territory

Players line up for Johan Sverdrup work

Two marine pipelay contractors and five line pipe manufacturers set to bid for contracts worth $730 million

Ex-Maersk rig hand jailed for fraud

Russian former worker convicted of siphoning off cash from false contractor deliveries

Fire hits PDVSA gas plant

State-owned player says operations expected to be ‘back to normal in the next hours’

Polarcus wins Brazil gig

Non-exclusive 3D survey set to kick off in 2016

Faroe ups Blane, Enoch stakes

North Sea player snaps up further interests in UK fields in Roc Oil deal worth up to $20 million

Trinity in T&T asset sale

Independent to use transaction to reduce its debt

EnQuest in $70m office sale deal

UK player leases back new Aberdeen office long term and bags almost $20 million in the process

Featured Technology of the Week

Halliburton's DeepReach™ Coiled Tubing Servic uses multiple outer diameter coiled tubing sections in a single string with larger OD sections near the top of the string and smaller OD sections near the bottom.With this arrangement, the tension along the string length is reduced while sufficient flow capacity is retained for performing well intervention operations.

Tapered OD Makes the Difference

The vertical depth capability of conventional coiled tubing is limited because as the length of the tubing string increases in the well, the string’s total weight also increases; therefore, the capability of a conventional CT string to perform ultra-deep work depends primarily on the string’s total hanging weight and the yield strength of the parent metal. If the hanging weight exceeds the pipe’s yield strength, a string separation can occur. Since a tapered coiled tubing string is lighter in weight (compared to a single string of the largest diameter) and its design provides greater strength at the upper end of string, operators can realize up to a 30 percent increase in depth capability over conventional CT strings.

Key Enabling Technologies

Multiple technologies were developed to enable DeepReach coiled tubing to be used in deep well operations. These technologies

include 1) the CT transition joints, 2) Boots & Coots V-Block® gripper design, (more...)