Digital inspection tool for predictive corrosion management

GE Oil & Gas released its Predictive Corrosion Management, the company’s newest digital inspection tool for industrial assets such as refinery pipes, a press release stated. This new asset performance management tool uses embedded sensors to provide continuous inspection data and cloud-based analytics of pipe conditions to help operators manage risk, improve uptime and minimize total cost of operations. Predictive Corrosion Management uses a package of GE’s Rightrax installed ultrasonic sensors with the Predix cloud-based operating system and advisory services to continuously collect and analyze real-time performance data and monitor corrosion-related risk so facilities can proactively make disposition decisions, enabling “digital inspection” of pipes. This continuous inspection tool can identify corrosion before it becomes a problem. It also can improve the reliability of inspection data, remove manual inconsistencies and enable users to model and predict piping failures due to corrosion and erosion, all of which extends the runlife of pipes and other fixed assets.

Diversion stimulation service maximizes wellbore coverage

Schlumberger has released its OpenPath Sequence diversion stimulation service, a press release stated. The new service sequentially diverts acid into additional clusters or zones to maximize wellbore coverage, resulting in more precise treatment placement and greater production when compared to conventional methods. OpenPath Sequence service is the first in the industry to use degradable fibers to suspend multimodal particles that enable sequential stimulation of intervals in acid stimulations. Suitable for cased and openhole completions, the service can be used for acid fracturing or matrix stimulations in carbonate reservoirs. The service also is suited for restimulation treatments in mature fields. This acid diversion stimulation service has been tested in reservoirs in the Middle East and in North America, resulting in proven diversion and significantly improved production.

Reservoir characterization software integrates data into maps

CGG GeoSoftware has released a new version of its HampsonRussell reservoir characterization software, with new features for attribute extraction and prediction along horizontal wells as well as upgraded geostatistical mapping capabilities, according to the company. HampsonRussell 10.2 provides better workflows for greater productivity with new data conditioning, inversion and map prediction features. Key features include new data conditioning processes, residual normal moveout correction and FXY deconvolution for noise attenuation and spectral balancing. Inversion can now output relative impedances for both pre- and post-stack data and extract attributes along horizontal well paths. This new information helps users mine and interpret data from derived attributes, resulting in more accurate reservoir models. The new MapPredict application is a fully integrated easy-to-use map-based geostatistical software that integrates well, seismic and attribute data into accurate, detailed maps. MapPredict encompasses the functionality of HampsonRussell’s former ISMap application and has evolved to include the ability to handle horizontal wells. MapPredict is especially suited to finding relationships between multiple seismic attribute slices and properties derived from well information such as hydrocarbon production.

Drillship design reduces development building and operating costs

The Scylax, designed by GustoMSC, makes development of the mid-water to deepwater market available with reduced building and operating costs by providing fit-for-purpose capabilities, a press release stated. The key is to focus on the essential functionality for deepwater drilling. Whereas ultradeepwater units feature ever-increasing hookloads and capacities, these requirements can be reduced for a large amount of the wells in deep water. Designing the Scylax based on these rationalized requirements allows different choices to be made in the design, reducing building and operating costs. Designed around the drilling process, the Scylax provides deepwater drilling in a compact design based on a single derrick or drilling mast setup with offl ine stand building, dual BOPs, up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft) water depth capability and ample capacity mud systems. Drilling equipment packages of all major manufacturers can be readily integrated into the design.

Software for optimization

AspenTech has released its aspenONE engineering and aspenONE manufacturing and supply chain version 9.1 software, a press release stated. The latest software release gives users the ability to conduct systemwide optimization and debottleneck the entire LNG process, which offers significant opportunity for energy savings and avoidance of unplanned downtime. Improvements to the piping and instrumentation diagram editor improve ease of use and the accuracy of estimates by refl ecting engineering designs earlier, reducing capex risk. The software update includes the new Aspen Coil Wound Exchanger, integrated with Aspen HYSYS software to complete the solution for rigorous modeling of all cryogenic heat exchangers used in LNG applications at the equipment and process level. Additionally, Aspen- Tech released a new product suite, aspenONE Asset Performance Management (APM). The suite expands the aspenONE product portfolio from engineering, manufacturing and supply chain into maintenance to address key business challenges that include process disruptions, low asset availability and unplanned downtime. The aspenONE APM suite will enable companies to optimize their assets throughout the entire plant life cycle.

Expanded line of small-bore metric seals

The Timken Co., a provider of bearings and mechanical power transmission products, has released an expanded line of small-bore metric seals, a press release stated. The full line of Timken seals features small- and largebore seals in both inch and metric sizes. The small-bore metric seal range includes sizes from 5 mm to 300 mm with single- and double-lip designs. The company offers small-bore metric seals in both nitrile and fl uoroelastomer materials.

Solution to soil-side corrosion on aboveground storage tanks

Storage tanks used for product storage in industrial facilities are subject to soil-side corrosion during operation, especially when installed in severe environments. There is a growing industrial awareness about the advantage of introducing amine carboxylate vapor phase corrosion inhibitors (VpCIs) into the tank pad. The ability of CorroLogic VpCIs to protect areas that cannot be reached by traditional cathodic protection (CP) makes it an ideal treatment to be used in conjunction with CP or by itself when CP is deficient or absent, a press release stated. Using the power of Cortec’s VpCIs, CorroLogic is able to vaporize and disperse through open areas below an aboveground storage tank (AST). When the VpCIs reach a metal surface, they adsorb and form a protective molecular barrier to guard against corrosion, providing an added dimension of protection to under-tank areas that cannot be reached by CP. Corro- Logic can be added to an AST in several different forms, enabling application during construction of new tanks or while existing tanks are in service or out of service. During construction CorroLogic pouches can be placed on an AST’s high-density polyethylene liner and left to emit VpCIs below the tank surface. If an AST is already in service and needs protection, a CorroLogic slurry is injected beneath the tank floor through the existing monitoring or leakage detection pipes or through injection pipes post-installed through the concrete ring beam. When a tank is out of service, CorroLogic Powder is fogged through the tank floor into the under-tank area and allowed to diffuse.

JIP to improve recovery, profitability of hydraulic fracturing

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), alongside Marathon Oil, Nexen and Repsol, has launched a joint industry project (JIP) to improve the planning, design and implementation of hydraulic fracturing to maximize the efficiency and profitability of unconventional resources globally, a press release stated. The FRACGAS II JIP continues the development of the Elfen tgr (tight gas reservoirs) software suite pioneered by geomechanics software solutions developer Rockfield. The research aims to enhance the finite element-based modeling technology and microseismic methodology. Rockfield CEO John Cain added, “The sponsorship of FRACGAS I enabled Rockfield to deliver a complete product in the shape of Elfen tgr that enables oil and gas operators and service companies alike to model both 2-D and 3-D fracture propagation in tight gas shale reservoirs. The software allows the simulation of the full cycle of stimulation, production, refracturing [and] production operations, including features such as fracture closure, proppant transport and multiwell interference.”

Electro-hydraulic setting tool facilitates safer operations

Probe Holdings Inc.’s electro-hydraulic setting tool, the iSet, is about to perform its first operation in the Middle East. iSet is designed to drive new safety and efficiency standards in well intervention and abandonment operations that require the use of setting tools, a press release stated. With its programmable touchscreen technology, the iSet provides a safe, reliable and costeffective method for setting bridge plugs, packers, gauge hangers and straddles. “Unlike traditional setting tools, the iSet doesn’t require explosive setting charges, so it’s not only safer, but it doesn’t demand special permits to use or transport it, so there are no complex logistics to overcome,” said Neil Duncan, Probe’s regional manager-MENA and Asia. “It also can be run up to 50 times without the need for redressing between runs. On return to surface, the tool can be safely reset in less than 1 minute and ready for the next run within 30 minutes, so it’s extremely efficient.”

Service helps navigate complexities of late-life operations, decommissioning

Lloyd’s Register is offering an integrated portfolio of late-life and decommissioning services to support operators, equity holders and regulators in key territories including the U.K. Continental Shelf, Gulf of Mexico and across Asia in how best to manage their operations productivity with minimal risk and cost-effectively in the run up to cessation of production and decommissioning. The expertise covers subsea operations through to topsides, offshore and onshore technical and engineering solutions, project and data management, assurance, and commercial services.

Technology allows personal monitors to share real-time gas readings

Industrial Scientific has released LENS Wireless technology, which is based on military ad-hoc mesh networking concepts. The technology enables gas monitors to communicate with each other wirelessly with no need for IT setup, infrastructure or a central controller, a press release stated. Industrial Scientific Ventis Pro Series multigas monitors and Radius BZ1 area monitors are available with LENS Wireless. Industrial Scientific is the first manufacturer to enable personal, portable gas monitors to communicate directly with area monitors to share gas readings and alarm conditions. LENS Wireless groups are quick and easy to create, allowing rapid deployment and use in a broad range of applications. LENS Wireless helps workers in any industry respond faster and with real-time information when hazardous conditions occur. When a gas hazard, man-down or panic situation causes an instrument to alarm, all peers in the connected group will instantly be notified of the hazard and the person in danger.

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