Executive Summary

Simon Richards

Welcome to the premier issue of the new online-only journal: SPE Projects, Facilities & Construction! We are very excited about this journal because it is the first one SPE has produced that is dedicated to the tens of thousands of professionals working in the design, construction, and optimization phases of production and processing facilities. The topics that this journal will cover are technical developments, case histories, and field reports for all aspects of surfacefacilities design, project management, operations, and abandonment including onshore, offshore (subsea, platform-based, and floating based systems), and pipelines for oil and gas developments. It will also cover topics such as liquified natural gas, compressed natural gas, and gas-to-liquid plants, terminals, and transportation concepts. We believe that SPEPFC will meet the needs of those people with an interest in improving their productivity, limiting their liabilities, and promoting innovative design. With this first issue, we hope to entice each and every one of you into becoming loyal readers and dedicated contributors.

As all other SPE journals, SPEPFC relies on the contribution of papers from its readers for its publication. We are constantly looking for suitable papers to publish, and we welcome and encourage your submissions. If you have recently written any papers or have ideas for topics of papers, please go to www.spe.org for information on how to submit a paper. Once a paper is submitted for publication consideration, it will go through the peer-review process. This discriminating process is one of the things at which SPE excels, and because of which we are able to produce top-quality publications. But remember, the checks and balances involved in the peer-review process do take time, so submit your paper now to be considered for publication sooner.

There are four issues of PFC each year: March, June, September, and December. Though there are only three papers in this first issue, it acts as a precursor for more to come. This issue introduces a flavor of the topics that we will be covering in the future. We hope that the articles in this issue inspire you to submit your own to future issues.

Starting off the SPEPFC journal this month are all offshore-related papers covering such diverse areas as electrical, pipeline, and heattransfer engineering. The first paper, Harmonics in Offshore Electrical Power System, deals with harmonics in electrical power supply systems as they relate to the operation of electrical submersible pumps. The run life of these pumps is sensitive to the quality of the power supply, and with the high cost of maintenance and repair, it is important to ensure that the run life is optimized.

The second paper, Advances in Deepwater-Pipeline Route Selection—A Gulf of Mexico Case Study, is a case study on how the route for a deepwater subsea pipeline was selected in the Gulf of Mexico. It describes the design process, tools employed, hazards encountered, and their solutions.

The third paper, Water-Based Insulating Fluids for Deep-Water Riser Applications, is an account of laboratory- and pilot-scale experiments to determine the heat-transfer properties of a new waterbased insulating fluid for deepwater risers. It describes the theory, experimental work, and results.

And now, with this brief introduction over, I’ll leave you to read the papers kicking off this new online-only journal—SPE Projects, Facilities & Construction. I hope that you enjoy them. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments at Simon.Richards@petro-canada.com.