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The panel addressed the role of gas in the energy transition. (Image source: AIEN International Energy Summit)

Exploration & Production

A panel session at the AIEN International Energy Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, focused on the role of gas in the energy transition, looking at how natural gas, particularly LNG, impacts the security, affordability and sustainability of a robust energy future

Moderator Edward Taylor, partner, A&O Shearman asked the question, is natural gas still relevant to the energy evolution?

Andrew Kirk, vice president Origination, LNG, B Grimm said it will continue to play a big role. “The issue with renewables capacity and their intermittent nature means we will continue to need natural gas. New technologies such as batteries are still a long way off from being able to supply a full grid load. Renewables are also geographically bespoke and not available to all. They can provide solutions in areas with limited demand but the cost to run a city like Bangkok is so problematic. Many countries will not be able to cope with the cost increase of moving straight to renewables.”

Steve Morrell, senior vice president, ExxonMobil PNG LNG, agreed. “The conversation about gas has never been more pertinent. Whether we are talking about emissions, the war in Ukraine, or living standards around the world – gas has its part to play. There are also so many conversations about the rise of Artificial Intelligence. But where is the power coming from to feed these data centres that will play such a large part?"

Accelerating the energy transition

“Gas can accelerate the energy transition today. We can stop coal today. We can fill the gaps in intermittent renewables today. So, what is holding us back?”

“We are far enough along the energy transition to separate the aspirational and the unachievable,” said Kirk. “We are hearing these ideological positions where gas is considered unnecessary without having a sensible conversation about alternatives. Moving straight to renewables will create very unstable energy grids that will stifle economic growth.”

With the global population set to grow by 2bn by 2050, Morrell believes the responsibility will grow even higher on the energy companies to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, and natural gas will play a large role in this.

“Gas is well understood and relatively cleaner compared with coal. The infrastructure is there and expanding. There is a lot to be said for the marriage between gas and intermittent renewables. Moving from a well-known system to new technology – it isn’t going to happen overnight. We could put more gas into the system. This will help see a 60% reduction in emissions if we replace coal, without even using new technologies.”

“One of the main problems is how to fill the gaps from renewables,” Kirk concluded. “The answer is gas. The stage is set for a reasoned conversation about gas.”

The project includes the recovery of gas currently flared in the Basra region to supply power generation plants. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Industry

Wood has been awarded a US$46mn, three-year contract by TotalEnergies in Iraq related to Iraq’s Associated Gas Upstream Project, part of the Gas Growth Integrated Project (GGIP) in Southern Iraq

Wood will provide front-end engineering design (FEED), detailed design, procurement support, and construction and commissioning assistance for the first phase of the project. The contract will be delivered by Wood’s teams in Basra and Dubai, creating 100 new positions.

The GGIP includes the recovery of gas currently flared in the Basra region to supply power generation plants, along with the construction of a seawater treatment unit and a 1GW solar power plant. Once implemented, this project will increase electricity supply to the Iraqi people, advance Iraq’s energy self-sufficiency, reduce harmful climate effects from flared gas in southern Iraq, and allow for the export of gas products to new markets. The consortium implementing the project is composed of TotalEnergies (45%), QatarEnergy (25%) and Iraq’s National oil company, the Basrah Oil Company (30%).

Shaun Dewar, senior vice president of Operations, Middle East and Africa at Wood said, “We are proud to support TotalEnergies on this project, which aligns with our shared commitment to pursue a secure and sustainable energy supply. We have a long-standing history of delivering engineering and consulting services in the region and this contract reaffirms our reputation for excellence.

"This project will improve environmental sustainability through emissions reduction efforts. As part of this agreement, Wood will also continue to invest in local employment and skills development in the Basra region.”

The new process will improve efficiency and reduce carbon footprint. (Image source: Honeywell)

Petrochemicals

Honeywell has launched a new process to improve the efficiency and sustainability of light olefin production

The naphtha to ethane and propane (NEP) technology generates a tunable amount of ethane and propane from naphtha and/or LPG feedstocks, generating more high-value ethylene and propylene with reduced production of lower-value by-products compared to a traditional mixed-feed steam cracking unit and resulting in net cash margin increases. An NEP-based olefins complex also reduces CO2 intensity per metric ton of light olefins produced by 5 to 50% versus a traditional mixed-feed steam cracker.

More efficient production

“The petrochemical industry faces strong competition and challenges in obtaining raw materials globally,” said Matt Spalding, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Energy and Sustainability Solutions in MENA. “Our technology helps to enable more efficient production of ethylene and propylene, two chemicals which are in high demand, while also helping our customers lower their carbon emissions.”

The new solution is a part of Honeywell’s Integrated Olefin Suite technology portfolio to enhance the production of light olefins.

The new Redline+ Packing sealing system features new materials and enhanced geometry to optimise performance. (Image source: GDEP)

Technology

GD Energy Products (GDEP), solutions provider for the frac, drilling and well servicing market, has launched its new Redline+ Packing sealing system featuring new materials and enhanced geometry to optimise performance in the harshest of hydraulic fracturing environments

Proven in the field to deliver longer life and reduced downtime, Redline+ Packing has demonstrated a significant improvement in packing performance life over GDEP’s standard Redline Packing. The patent-pending geometry improves sand exclusion and includes fortified materials guaranteed to reduce the risk of packing bore wash. Redline+ Packing also features a refined material makeup, delivering longer product life and increased heat and abrasion resistance in high-pressure environments.

Strong performance in challenging environments

In the most challenging basins, Redline+ Packing pumped over 160 million pounds of sand prior to failure, while also reducing operational downtime. During a 12-week field trial in the Haynesville Basin at pressures up to 12,500 PSI, Redline+ Packing increased performance life on average by more than two times over standard Redline and extended maintenance intervals by 45%.

Jim Yanus, engineering director, GDEP, said, “Redline+ Packing is GDEP’s latest addition to our Redline Series Consumables and was established in collaboration with our customers to deliver an even higher level of performance and consistency to their operations. Field trials have proven an increase in life expectancy and endurance across any condition in the field.”

Redline+ Packing is available for both GDEP and competitor frac fluid end designs.

More than 175 people, including senior representatives of the region's leading oil and gas companies, attended a very topical and engaging live webinar hosted by Oil Review Middle East entitled “Beyond Boundaries: Advanced Surveillance for Oil and Gas Remote Facilities”

DNV’s Technology Centre in Groningen plays a pivotal role in tackling the challenges of CO2 flow metrology to advance projects related to CCUS. (Image source: DNV)

Energy Transition

DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, has initiated CO2MET, a joint industry project (JIP) to establish traceable flow standards for CCUS

The project brings toegether equipment suppliers, major transmission system operators and exploration and production companies.

As demonstrated by a DNV study, there are currently significant gaps in demonstrating compliance with CO2 metrology for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and other international regulations, with two significant challenges being the absence of an officially recognised and traceable standard for measuring CO2 volume under dynamic conditions for gas, liquid, and dense phase CO2; and the lack of flow laboratories conducting research and calibrations under the necessary process conditions.

The JIP is divided into two initiatives:
1. CO2MET Gas: Centered around gas applications, this project is expected to conclude in June 2024.
2. CO2MET LIQ: Focusing on conditions related to liquid, dense, and supercritical CO2, this project requires the design and construction of a new facility at DNV’s Technology Centre in Groningen to enable the development of traceable flow standards. First results are anticipated by the end of 2024, with current participants including Shell, TotalEnergies, Equinor, Gasunie, Santos, Inpex, and Gassco. New participants are welcome to join.

"As the world advances towards decarbonisation, DNV is proud to lead the establishment of essential standards for CO2 metering to ensure the global success of CCUS initiatives. By convening industry stakeholders to develop trusted guidelines, recommended practices, and standards, we ensure the reliable operation of critical assets and systems. This involves setting operational limits and ensuring performance throughout the lifespan of industrial assets," explained Prajeev Rasiah, executive vice president and regional director Northern Europe, Energy Systems at DNV.

“DNV’s Technology Centre in Groningen plays a pivotal role in tackling the challenges of CO2 flow metrology to advance projects related to CCUS," added Rene Bahlmann, head of Section for DNV's Technology Centre Groningen, Energy Systems at DNV.

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