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The Petroleum Engineering Handbook: Sustainable Operations

This is the first book in the petroleum sector to shed light on the real obstacles to sustainable development and provides solutions to each problem encountered. Each solution is complete with an economic analysis that clarifies why petroleum operations can continue with even greater profit than before while ensuring that the negative environmental impact is diminished. The new screening tools and models proposed in this book will provide one with proper guidelines to achieve true sustainability in both technology development and management of the petroleum sector.

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Published: November 2013

Imprint: Gulf Publishing Company

ISBN: 978-0-12-799983-8

Contents


  • Foreword

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    Nomenclature

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 The New Management Guidelines

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Current Practices of Petroleum Operations

    2.3 Problems of Current Operations

    2.4 Sustainability in Petroleum Operations

    2.5 Tools Needed for Sustainable Petroleum Operations

    2.6 How the Green Supply Chain Model Leads to Sustainability

    2.7 Benefits of the New Model

    Chapter 3 Exploration Operations

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Current Practices of Exploration Operations

    3.3 Exploration Techniques

    3.4 Problems with Current Exploration Techniques

    3.5 Sustainability of Current Exploration Techniques

    3.6 Accuracy and Uncertainty of Explorations

    3.7 Special Measures for Sustainable Exploration Technology

    Chapter 4 Drilling and Production Operations

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Current Practices of Drilling and Production

    4.3 Production

    4.4 Problems with Current Practices

    4.5 Operations in the Ecologically Sensitive Areas

    4.6 Emerging Technologies and Future Potential

    4.7 Sonic While Drilling

    4.8 Knowledge-Based Optimization of a Rotary Drilling System for the Oil and Gas Industry

    4.9 Future Research in Production Operations

    4.10 Benefits of Sustainable Drilling and Productions

    Chapter 5 Sustainable Waste Management

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Drilling and Production Wastes

    5.3 Waste Estimation

    5.4 Environmental Fate of Petroleum Wastes

    5.5 Current Practices of Waste Management

    5.6 Evaluation of Current Waste Management Technologies

    5.7 Alternative Waste Management

    5.8 Sustainability of Waste Management

    Chapter 6 Reservoir Engineering and Secondary Recovery

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Well Test Analysis

    6.3 Current Practice in Well Logging

    6.4 Current Practices of Core Analysis

    6.5 Practical Guidelines

    Chapter 7 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Operations

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Contributions of Different Disciplines

    7.3 Different EOR Techniques

    7.4 Gas Injection

    7.5 Chemical EOR

    7.6 Microbial EOR

    7.7 EOR in Marginal Reservoirs

    7.8 Scaling of EOR Schemes

    7.9 Environmental Consideration in EOR Operations

    7.10 Alternative Technologies for EOR

    7.11 CO2 EOR Technology

    7.12 Electromagnetic Heating for EOR

    Chapter 8 Transportation, Processing, and Refining Operations

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Pipelines and Risk Management

    8.3 Natural Gas Supply and Processing

    8.4 Oil Refining

    8.5 Sustainable Oil Refining Model

    8.6 Corrosion in Petroleum Structures

    8.7 Hydrate Problems and Some Suggestions

    Chapter 9 Decommissioning of Drilling and Production Facilities

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Historical Analysis

    9.3 Type of Oil Platforms/Platform Structures

    9.4 Environmental Issues in Decommissioning

    9.5 Toxicity and Degradation of Waste Generation

    9.6 Decommissioning Regulations

    9.7 Current Practices of Decommissioning

    9.8 Case Studies

    9.9 Sustainability of Offshore Platform Decommissioning

    9.10 Alternative Approaches

    9.11 Guidelines for Sustainable Management

    9.12 Ecological and Economic Benefit of Artificial Reefs from Oil Rigs

    Chapter 10 Summary and Conclusions

    10.1 Summary

    10.2 Fundamental Misconceptions in Technology Development

    10.3 Understanding Nature and Sustainability

    10.4 Solutions that would Turn an Implosive Process Around

    10.5 Conclusions and Recommendations

    References

    Author Index

    Subject Index

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