Offshore Engineering


Planning of the well test is treated as one of the critically important stages in the whole life cycle of an oil well. Should it be done improperly, the consequences can easily cost millions. And now there is an excellent reference released to ensure that subject planning is done right from the first attempt.

The content of this reference has been compiled by the expert in well test engineering will provide all well planners with the sort of a road map guiding them through the relevant industry codes and standards, established practices and governmental regulations. Taking into consideration the activity level in the industry and lack of experienced personnel, the present publication will appeal to the specialists working for the drilling, well completion as well as the exploration departments.

The author is providing required guidance to this subject demonstrating how the associated documentation shall be prepared. The book takes the readers from the very basics of the design up to the test reports covering literally all aspects considered necessary for the continuous improvement. The content features detailed interpretations of the well test, coverage of the EWT requirements, preparation of the test programs and other useful information.

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The content of this book has been prepared on the basis of the SINTEF Offshore Blowout Database containing wealth of valuable technical and other information that is intended to be utilized when performing the analysis of the risks commonly associated with the offshore installations. Subject database is focusing on the causes of the blowouts together with the technical parameters considered critically important for the development of the risk analyses, and the flow path and mediums, release point and ignition time, and durations in particular.

Though the database includes the data obtained in the course of the investigation of almost forty blowouts, the content of this document has been limited to 124 blowouts occurred in Mexican Gulf and UK and Norwegian shelf waters in the historical period 1980-1994. The frequencies of the offshore blowouts and trends associated with them have also been investigated in this book, for the different operational phases.

The author has also analyzed the contributions from the offshore blowouts to the rate of fatal accidents. The pollution to the surrounding environment commonly caused by the blowouts has also been discussed in the pages of the present volume. In addition, the content includes all other important factors to be taken into account during the evaluation of the offshore risks...

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This excellent publication has appeared as the result of more than twenty-year work of the author collection and preparing all required information and then presenting it in a straightforward and pretty digestible manner -  this all has eventually made this volume very popular among the construction engineers. The present third release of the title continues to serve as one of the most authoritative and modern guides in the field of the offshore construction.

The content of the volume is based on the huge professional experience of Ben Gerwick, the author, and is also incorporating the technical information that has been already published in the several relevant sources. It has been significantly expanded and duly updated in order to reflect all recently introduced methods and materials, as well as technologies. The author has also covered the new information about such important and practical topics as the liquefaction of the loose sediments, high-performance steel, and even the damage occurring as a result of the terroristic attacks and sabotage.

The book is featuring a remarkably comprehensive coverage of the liquid natural gas transportation terminals and offshore wind-and-wave energy producing structures. The way of explanation is very clear and concise making the material easily accessible to everyone and allowing readers to successfully implement the principles that can bring their offshore and marine technical projects to life.

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This is a very useful title providing all required guidance to the drilling engineers. The readers including practicing engineers and students have already appreciated the content of this volume and found it very practically useful since it touches every single aspect of the drilling, starting from the planning of the wells and casing design, through interpretation of the drilling diagrams and checking the properties of the drilling muds, and up to the troubleshooting procedures.

It shall be noted, however, that the book has not been designed for the absolute beginners to the drilling. The content has actually been formatted with the assumption made by the author that the readers have at least some real experience in drilling, that's why it will best suit the practicing drillers, drilling rig supervisors, well planners and other professionals. We would recommend this book to all people involved in drilling.

The explanations provided a support to the calculations are quite clear and adequate, fully serving their purpose. The division of the content is excellent and technical descriptions are easily understandable. The book will be very useful for the specialists working with the operation and willing to have some more information about the projects or refresh their technical knowledge...

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This excellent and practically useful volume with the content relating to the oil spills was prepared by the recognized expert in offshore industry having more than forty years of professional experience. According to the estimations conducted by the recognized specialists, from approximately two to eight million tons of oil release in to the waters of the world ocean annually, and note that seventy percent of that oil directly relates to various activities of the people.

The negative effects caused by these spills are quite apparent and include contaminated water, dead wild life, marshlands covered by oil, and many others. The present reference publication is expected to provide the practicing engineers and scientists with the clear technical descriptions of the established methods that are commonly used for the identification and elimination of the oil spills before they actually occur and also to the development of the effective techniques plus the materials and equipment used when dealing with such spills.

Among the topics that have been covered within this book there are dynamics and behavior of the oil spills and effective cleanup techniques and spill treating agents. The effects and fate of the spills have also been covered together with the means of assessment of the damage caused...

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A must-have volume for all oil and gas industry workers. The book features excellent arrangement of the material and provides convenient and easily accessible reference for the offshore people not using these calculations and formulas regularly. The intention is to help them reduce the amount of the materials they shall carry to the site or rig floor.

The volume opens with a review of the basic calculations and equations; it provides numerous examples for better understanding. this is a perfectly handy reference book offering readers a quick overview of such important topics as the pressure control and drilling fluids, engineering and air/gas calculations - note that they are provided in either metric or English system.

The easy layout of the content will add to the practicality of the volume and allow to the workers and their managers to save time. This release of the book is covering virtually all calculations that are normally done offshore in conjunction with the drilling an oil well, production and also workover. An excellent and widely popular resource for everyone working on the offshore and onshore installations and directly engaged in the above listed activities.

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This is one of the most popular technical books on marine drilling - it will be particularly useful for the newcomers to the industry. The text of the volume is supplemented with hundreds of data diagrams and informative photographs included in order to better illustrate the chapters of the volume that, in turn, cover such the important aspects of marine drilling as preparation for the offshore drilling operations, description of the types of the offshore units together with the equipment installed on them, marine and drilling operations, training procedures for the personnel, theory and fundamentals of the rotary drilling, and many others.

It actually covers every single aspect of marine drilling, addressing the marine operations separately for easier understanding of the material. The book is expected to be highly appreciated not only by the students of the offshore drilling but even by the professionals of the industry who will get a good chance to check and refresh their knowledge of the subject. Have a look in this book if you really want to familiarize yourself with the basics of the offshore exploration drilling.

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The natural gas has been in use by human, serving as a practical fuel for almost two centuries. However, the demand for it has significantly developed quite recently, within past several decades, and the main reason for that was the difficulty with storage and transportation of the has in comparison to the various liquid fuels.

In the beginning, natural gas was in use only in the fields where it was produced, and the excess production was either flared or vented to the atmosphere, especially that was true talking about the gas which was produced along with the oil.

Further development of the pipelines/compressors featuring much larger diameters and higher pressures together with the development of the technology necessary for the storage of gas in the reservoirs, has eventually resulted in the increased demand for the natural gas and for the more effective technology of its production and transportation.

As a result, the price obtained for the gas has also increased. The difference in the maximum and average selling price of the gas was quite significant because of the extremely big quantities of gas sold at low prices under the long-term contracts which were made many years back...

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