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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

Italian court dismisses Saipem appeal

Eni-connected contractor had appealed rulings in bribery case surrounding subsidiary Snamprogetti

Oil jumps on renewed hopes for Opec deal

But crude prices still set to end week down as much as 5%

Fountain Quail gets $40m boost

Mobile water recycling specialist garners investment from private backer

Pacific Drilling gets NYSE warning

Contractor faces delisting from bourse for failure to meet share price requirements

Paragon to file for bankruptcy

Struggling driller lays out restructuring plan and releases Noble from claims

US lawmaker unveils bill blocking leases

Act would end non-proucing leases and stop new leases on lands and in waters owned by government

FTS founders up Trican stake

Wilks brothers increase total shareholding to more than 13%

US sheds 30 more rigs

Count continues to fall, with 28 oil rigs and two gas rigs cut this week

Vaalco terminates jack-up contract

Africa-focused independent cuts bait five months early, pays 'lump-sum' for cancellation for convenience

Deepwater Thalassa starts Shell gig

Newbuild drillship kicks off long-term contract with Anglo-Dutch supermajor in US Gulf of Mexico

California gas leak 'temporarily' plugged

Operator Southwen California Gas says well could be permanently sealed in a few days

Questions over Hopkins future

BP’s closely held Gulf of Mexico development hits a snag as contractors cease work

Det Norske to shut down Jette

Field off Norway to be decommissioned after only three years of output as Jotun host platform to be scrapped

Players in talks on FPSO for Penguins project

Engineering houses talk to yards over unit for redevelopment of Shell field in UK North Sea

Falklands duo scrap rig charter

Chatham probe shelved as contract with Ocean Rig terminated due to 'operational issues'

Seismic searches for safe haven

The seismic business sector has suffered along with the rest of the oil and gas industry in the current price collapse

Clock ticking for Havila

Norwegian shipowner faces tight deadline for approval of revised restructuring plan that is crucial to survival

Rebirth for Norwegian pair

North Energy and Explora merged for form new entity after deal approved by officialdom

OMV seeks Turkish subsidiary sale

Austrian player to focus on upstream and intergraded downstream activates

Costs sink Aker into the red

Lower revenues also weigh on results amid market slowdown as MMO salaries cut

Sakhalin LNG glitch was ‘compressor motor issue’

Operator still working to repair compressor plant problem at Russian LNG project

BP staff 'bonus' amid job cuts

Norwegian workers set for generous payout as about 400 employees are shown the door: report

Woodside makes second Myanmar discovery

Exploration well near Daewoo's producing Shwe field hits gas

Polarcus wins Norway shoot

Seismic player to carry out 4D survey over existing field as part of increased recovery effort

Dril-Quip expands Singapore presence

US company to open its first research and development facility outside of the Americas in Asian hub

Oil in near 6% jump

Prices gain ground in early trade on comments give some hope of a coordinated Opec output cut

ONGC setting out menu for new topsides tender

Work expected to cover installation of up to 10 units off India’s west coast

CEAA raises concerns over Pacific NorthWest LNG

Canadian agency warns environmental effects of greenhouse gases and destruction of porpoise habitat

Alliance wins Santos contract

Five-year deal will see company provide jet services to support Cooper basin operations

Transocean rakes in contracts

Dayrates are lower, terms are shorter, but rigs keep working for drilling giant

Statoil moving forward on Leismer

Company hopes to 'optimise' Canadian oil sands project despite reduced staff

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...)