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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

Buhari begins battle to clean up industry

President on mission to fight corruption but depressed oil price compounds Nigeria’s problems

Oil down after volatile week

Prices lower amid deal speculation and concerns surrounding supply glut

ExxonMobil readies Liza flow test

Supermajor and partners enthusiastic about potential of find off Guyana with well plans in the offing

US pair indicted in oil & gas Ponzi scheme

Texas couple charged with conspiracy, defrauding supposed buyers of royalties out of millions of dollars

Chevron in Captain re-think

US supermajor goes back to the drawing board on UK EOR project, with update on FID

Study ties 'quake swarm' to California wells

Research links wastewater injection to 2005 spike in seismic activity for first time

The short but productive life of a pioneer

A first in terms of collaboration and technology, Anadarko’s Independence Hub has reached the end of the line

US drops 48 rigs

Oil-directed units down by 31 as Baker Hughes' weekly tally hits 571

Statoil to upgrade Njord A

Local yards in the hunt for coveted contract ahead of expected award in first half of 2016

Rowan rig set for Ekofisk work

Norway’s PSA grants ConocoPhills green light to use jack-up for plug-and-abandonment work

Total ‘chases Greek deep-water block’

French supermajor-led consortium one of the bidders for offshore Mediterranean acreage, report says

Statoil faces 'Angola grilling'

Norwegian parliament takes state-run player to task over controversial payments to Sonangol

IS not a threat in Libya

The West would do well to sidestep the risk of making it one

Shut-ins ‘unlikely to increase’

Oil producers may not halt further production ‘in the hope of a market rebound’, analysts say

Prosafe takes Cosco flotel newbuild

Norwegian accommodation rig owner take delivery of latest unit from Chinese yard ahead of North Sea job

Middle East rig count drops

Africa and Canada show rises but another large dive in the US market and Latin America, report shows

One-off gains boost BG earnings

Underlying profits down as lower prices offset increased output

Brasse in Faroe sights

British explorer secures Transocean Arctic to drill new North Sea wildcat off Norway

EU passes Schlumberger’s Cameron buy

European authorities give green light to proposed $15 billion takeover that nears closing

Genel gains Taq Taq payment

First payout made to operator under revised system for exports from Kurdistan region of Iraq

Hyundai reduces losses

Korean giant stays deep in the red but claims groundwork laid for 2016 turnaround

Oil steady in early trade

Prices move little in subdued trading ahead of Lunar New Year holiday

Fugro wins Pyrenees contract

Dutch contractor to carry out work on third phase development project off Western Australia

Petsec acquires Yemen block

Company plans to resume output as soon as possible despite ongoing conflict in country

Damen gets Briggs order

Dutch company to build workboat for Scottish service provider

ONGC seeks deep-water duo for east coast work

Drilling plan revealed soon after recent cancellation of larger tender

Linn Energy explores alternatives

US gas producer hires advisors and takes out loan for strategic review

Obama unveils oil tax proposal

Measure seeks to fund transportation upgrades through $10-per-barrel fee on companies

Hess to cash up with equity offer

US giant to issue common and preferred shares to repair balance sheet

Osage files for bankruptcy

US independent had earlier reported accumulated deficit of $41.4 million and working capital deficit of $37 million

Statoil weighing options after Power Nap find

Talks with nearby operators said to be ongoing as Norwegian player looks to capitalise on US Gulf discovery

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...)