The US Geological Survey (USGS), in response to potential geohazards, energy resource potential, and climate issues associated with marine gas hydrates, has developed a laboratory research system that permits hydrate genesis and dissociation under deep-sea conditions, employing user-selected sediment types and pore fluids.
There are 107 floating production systems (FPSs) in operation worldwide-an increase of 67% over the number operating 3 years ago. And this increased growth is expected to continue into the next decade.
bInstallation of a multivariable controller at a crude oil stabilization plant at BP Amoco's Grangemouth, Scotland, oil terminal has helped reduce fuel consumption, loss to flare, and the probability of cut backs in North Sea crude oil production.
Earthmoves Ltd. Structural and Petroleum Geology Consultants, Virginia Water, Surrey, U.K., has named Ian Davison director. He will specialize in salt tectonics, South Atlantic tectonics and hydrocarbon prospectivity, with special emphasis on Brazil.
Spools are guaranteed with no crossovers so that wire lines will pay-off smoothly from the first to the last layer. The firm's agent will be winding stainless steel slick lines on to customers' wire line drums, and is therefore able to guarantee also no contact with, or contamination from, carbon wire line materials. The potential corrosion problems associated with carbon pickup is avoided, the firm points out.