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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

Subsea 7 Surfin' on Culzean

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

Aker to axe subsea jobs

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

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’

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

PTTEP farms out Myanmar permits

Thai company also appoints acting chief executive to fill role from 9 September

Tap to keep Manora stake

Australian company also signs terms to refinance debt following strategic review

SMOE confirms Culzean payday

Lion's share of huge contract to be performed in Singapore

Petronas approves Ophir revisions

New field development plan to take advantage of low industry costs brought on by lower oil prices

Oil prices drop in Asian trade

Analyst says fall could indicate investors went overboard in pushing prices up

Sea Lion spud pushed back again

Bad weather delays rig handover for exploration well in Australia's Bass Strait

Metgasco to take government to court

Settlement talks break down as company seeks damages for 'unlawful' suspension of drilling campaign

Total starts Antelope sidetrack

Drilling resumes on well which has faced several setbacks previously

Transerv sidetracks Warro well

Fishing operations fail to remove stuck bottom hole assembly

Cenovus closes terminal acquisition

Oil sands operator takes over crude-by-rail trans-loading terminal in Central Alberta

Oil sees biggest three-day surge since 1990

While prices swoon to erase previous losses, some say slump is not yet over

EIA: US oil production fell in June

Onshore tight oil plays continue decline begun in April

Podcast: I Drink Your Milkshake

Listen to The Bit, Upstream's weekly podcast, where we discuss the Schlumberger-Cameron merger and a battle over a significant deep-water US Gulf discovery

XTO in North Dakota well blowout

About 550 barrels of oil spill around well site after operator loses control during completion

Rowan gets jack-up extensions

Offshore driller gets more Saudi work but Trinidad unit heads back to US Gulf after job terminated

Oil surges on lower US output

Crude up after EIA revises production figures and Opec expresses willingness to talk about prices

Eni's Zohr threatens Israel developments

Israel's anticipated gas exports could be left out in cold with enormous discovery offshore Egypt

Pemex flotel launched in Galicia

First of two accommodation support vessels hit the water in Spanish region

WPX to shed Williston gathering system

US independent begins aggressive divestiture programme to reduce debt following Permian acquisition

NOV names new finance chief

Equipment maker taps Continental vet Bayardo to replace Thigpen

Car bomb 'explodes in front of Mellitah office'

No injuries or significant damage reported in violence near headquarters of Eni-NOC JV

Rosneft sees profits drop

Lower crude price takes toll on Russian state-owned giant despite output hike

Culzean gets UK green light

Official go-ahead paves way for much-needed $4.5bn field investment in UK North Sea

Opus in 'deal' for first Tiger drillship

US player Sipco said to have signed provisional pact for debut job for newbuild unit

Eni makes elephant discovery off Egypt

Zohr discovery in 1450 metres of water could contain 30Tcf of lean gas

Landbridge launches Armour takeover offer

Offer conditional on company dropping its proposed joint venture with American Energy Partners

Maersk on uptime roll

Danish rig player touts strong performance of newbuilds as key factor in tough market

Keppel buys Cameron's rig business

Aftermarket services also expected to provide a boost during newbuild slowdown

Nexen in Alberta pipe shut-in

Chinese-owned producer halts 95 lines in response to Long Lake oil leak probe

Knappen duster for Statoil

North Sea wildcat fails to deliver for state-owned explorer off Norway

Oil dips in early trade

Investors take advantage of last week's rally and take profits

Fire at Saudi Aramco workers complex

At least 10 killed in blaze at residential facility used to house expats in Saudi Arabia

WA Labor promises fracking moratorium

Policy not backed by federal counterpart as upstream industry body also hits out at the plan

Swala exits Zambia

Australia-listed player also gains more time to drill Tanzanian exploration wells

Explosion at Canadian oil sands site

Operations disrupted at Syncrude Canada's Mildred Lake site but not injuries reported

Saudi Arabia leads as Gulf states escalate

Despite oil price slump, most producing Arab countries are committed to bringing new projects online

Shell puts Arctic drilling on pause

Programme temporarily stops because of rough winds along Alaska's coast

Crude continues climb

Brent swings back above $50 while WTI rises above $45

Drilling stampede to fill slots off India

Contractors offer glut of rigs to ONGC as part of two tenders for the chartering of five deep-water units

Schlumberger’s buyout proposal makes sense

Comment: Proposed takeover of Cameron is a natural progression in industry’s push for greater collaboration

EIA: US crude less vulnerable to hurricanes

US shale oil takes larger share of production as US Gulf share plummets

Former NOV employee found guilty of fraud

Binnion convicted of stealing $1 million in cash and goods including radar gun, laser, and fish

Battle for Power Nap has majors wide awake

Statoil and Shell are competing over development of the emerging deep-water field in the US Gulf

Halcon saves $550m in debt swap

US junior retires $1.57bn in exchange for new $1.02bn in new notes

Alberta royalty framework to hold till 2017

Energy minister details review of scheme for province's new left-leaning government

US rig count falls by eight

Oil rigs rise again, gas rigs drop as Baker Hughes weekly tally hits 877

Nostrum back for lower price

Central Asia-focused player looking at other options as interested party Nostrum submit another proposal

Oil steady after bounce back

Brent and US crude sitting firm after Thursday's jump following earlier slump this week

Eni probes Goliat incident

'Crane boom collision resulted in searchlight crashing onto deck of Barents Sea platform': report

Maurel & Prom in merger pact

French independent set to acquire compatriot MPI in all-stock transaction as oil price hits earnings

New NNPC man makes his mark

New head of Nigerian state player Ibe Kachikwu ploughing ahead with anti-corruption policies

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...)