Tech Trends
Latest upstream technologies
The latest advances in upstream technologies include a supercomputer for exploration, equipment to lower emissions, additive manufacturing services and more.
New thermoplastic pipe to reduce corrosion risks, lower emissions
Baker Hughes has released its next-generation Onshore Composite Flexible Pipe to address the corrosion and cost of ownership challenges with conventional steel pipe for the energy, oil and gas, and industrial sectors. The flexible, lightweight reinforced thermoplastic pipe offers an economic and environmentally superior alternative to resource-intensive onshore steel pipes for optimizing the core structure of flowline and oil and gas pipeline networks. A key feature of the pipe is its proven spoolable design, making it easier, faster and more cost-effective to transport and install versus steel pipe, reducing installed costs by more than 20%. Installation also requires fewer onsite support facilities and heavy vehicles, de-risking operations, taking up less width on a pipeline right-of-way and reducing environmental impact on surrounding land. Baker Hughes’ Onshore Composite Flexible Pipe offers an economic solution for the transport of CO2 and hydrogen as well as the conversion of existing infrastructure to carry gases. In addition, the pipe’s noncorrosive materials can withstand contaminants without requiring chemical inhibitors, corrosion monitoring and inspection, or disruptive repair work, significantly reducing opex.
The new Onshore Composite Flexible Pipe offers lower cost of ownership, reduced corrosion risks and lower manufacturing emissions compared to traditional pipes.
The new Onshore Composite Flexible Pipe offers lower cost of ownership, reduced corrosion risks and lower manufacturing emissions compared to traditional pipes. (Source: Baker Hughes)
Supercomputer to open up new horizons of exploration
Saudi Aramco and stc have released Dammam 7, a supercomputer that presents new opportunities in both exploration and development and enhances Aramco’s decision-making on exploration and investment decisions. This is the next step in Aramco’s digital transformation, complementing a suite of advanced technologies that are reshaping core operations, driving efficiencies and reinforcing its industry leadership in geoscience.

Developed at Dhahran Techno Valley in partnership with Solutions, a subsidiary of stc Group, and CRAY, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise subsidiary, Dammam 7 has 55.4 petaflops of peak computing power, allowing it to process and image the world’s largest geophysical datasets.

Named after the first oil well discovered in Saudi Arabia, the Dammam 7 supercomputer’s sophisticated imaging and deep-learning algorithms will allow it to run very detailed 3D earth models, improving the company’s ability to discover and recover oil and gas while reducing exploration and development risks. It will further enhance decision-making for exploration and development of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources as well as guide future investments in production and resource allocation.

Complete suite of digital solutions for monitoring corrosion
Emerson has released a complete corrosion and erosion monitoring portfolio with digital capabilities and full integration with the Plantweb digital ecosystem through the new Rosemount 4390 series of corrosion and erosion wireless transmitters and Plantweb Insight Non-Intrusive Corrosion application. The monitoring portfolio turns existing offline corrosion probes into online tools to monitor for the risk of corrosion or erosion in oil and gas processing. The new Plantweb Insight Non-Intrusive Corrosion application for non-intrusive corrosion monitoring complements the existing suite of Plantweb Insight applications, enabling comprehensive corrosion and erosion analysis at the end-user’s desk.

When instrumented with inline probes, changes in corrosion risk can be detected in minutes, enabling sites to take corrective actions before damage occurs. The Rosemount 4390 series of corrosion and erosion transmitters leverage WirelessHART for reliable and robust data retrieval and work with Emerson’s inline probes that measure the corrosive and erosive nature of the fluid and provide early risk detection for a site. The Plantweb Insight Corrosion applications allow users to access and analyze data from pipe thickness monitoring sensors and inline probes at their desk and gain real-time advanced analytics to assess the risk and impact of corrosion or erosion on the asset or plant.

Operators can drive plants to their maximum capability and avoid costly incidents with a fully integrated corrosion and erosion monitoring suite of software and service solutions.
Operators can drive plants to their maximum capability and avoid costly incidents with a fully integrated corrosion and erosion monitoring suite of software and service solutions. (Source: Emerson)
New additive manufacturing service specification to support digital transformation
DNV has released a new service specification document with the aim to support stakeholders across the additive manufacturing (AM) value chain to ensure AM products, assets and systems are safe and efficient. The specification can support the global oil and gas industry to adopt AM technology for gaining cost and efficiency benefits while maintaining safety. AM—the industrial equivalent of 3D printing—is an emerging technology that uses 3D model data to fabricate parts, enabling, among other benefits, significant cost and time savings. AM could help avoid long, expensive production shutdowns and reduce supply chain carbon footprints. Building trust in printed parts is key to unlocking this potential. The new service specification is being launched to define DNV’s AM qualification scheme and provide the basis for obtaining and retaining DNV statements and certificates for the endorsement of facilities and digital products/services, qualification of manufacturers, build processes, parts and part families, AM machine(s) and equipment and AM personnel.
Companies combine digital forces to optimize inventory
Royal Dutch Shell and Equinor will develop the next generation of Shell Inventory Optimiser , a solution that leverages advanced analytics on historical data to optimize operational spare part inventory levels. Building on news of the recent Strategic Alliance with Shell, Microsoft will be supporting Shell and Equinor with the co-development of the tool, which runs on Microsoft Azure.

The goal is for energy companies to have better control over available equipment and to optimize stock levels. Since first deployment in 2017, this proprietary solution has been deployed across Shell’s Upstream, Manufacturing and Integrated Gas assets globally, generating millions of dollars in value through optimized stock levels. The tool integrates Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Azure Databricks and Azure Datalake and will see the tool enhanced with new features to further optimize the algorithm, driving the recommendations and an improved user experience. Both Equinor and Shell users will benefit from these new features. For Equinor, this tool could reduce inventory inflow with as much as 13%, which could save millions. The collaboration is the first of a series of planned co-innovation initiatives across the wider energy value chain including themes such as maintenance, production optimization and supply chain management, which are in development.

The co-development project will be run through a joint engineering team with digital and discipline specialists from Shell, Equinor and Microsoft
The co-development project will be run through a joint engineering team with digital and discipline specialists from Shell, Equinor and Microsoft. (Source: Equinor)
OFS management solution for small businesses
Managers of small companies are sometimes unable to identify what’s happening in every area of their business. They may, for example, not know how much equipment they have available or get lost in scheduled jobs and paper tickets. RigER has released its RigER: Start, an oilfield services (OFS) and equipment rentals (OFR) management software for small businesses. Designed specifically for small OFS/OFR businesses, RigER: Start comes with all essential functions that an operations management software must have including a simplified setup and configuration process, standardized quote to invoice workflow, and a low-risk/high-benefit advantage of the package licensing option. The RigER: Start configuration includes management software for purchases, inventory management, sales, field operations and invoices. The software also will include management reports and dashboards to provide insight into the operational key performance indicators, including equipment utilization, job cost analysis and client performance.

Editor’s note: The copy herein is compiled from press releases and product announcements from service companies and does not reflect the opinions of Hart Energy. Submit your company’s updates related to new technology products and services to Ariana Hurtado at ahurtado@hartenergy.com.

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