HOUSTON -- Kicking off this week's international upstream
event was news involving Chinas shale gas development.
Representatives from GE Power & Waters Distributed
Power Business and Chinas HongHua Group, a leading
Chinese drill rig manufacturer, signed a three-year agreement
to supply GEs Waukesha VHP engines. The Waukesa gas
engines will be used with HongHau generators to power new
drilling rigs in operating in China and Asia.
Gas over diesel.
The Waukesha gas engines
offer high reliability
, especially in the
tough exploration and production (E&P) environment
. More importantly,
these engines can successfully burn any gaseous fuel, from
950 Btu to 2,600 Btu, including field gas, LNG, CNG,
and coke oven gas.
Switching from diesel to gas can provide drilling rig
operators the opportunity to reduce energy cost by 75%.
Typical drilling rigs use three diesel engines. Converting to
gas engines will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions
for drilling operations
, and NOx emissions
scan be reduced by 95%
with gas engine.
Chinas shale gas vision. Shale gas is
at a turning point in China. It is estimated that by 2017
total E&P will approach 10 Bcm. Zhang Mi, chairmaem and
CEO of Honghua Group expressed great optimism for shale gas.
Honghua is the second largest rig manufacturer of China.
According to Zhang, over 100 drilling rigs will be drilling
for shale gas in China by 2015. Zhang viewed Chinas
shale gas on the same level of North America. By 2020,
E&P for shale gas will approach 1 Tcm. The GE-Honghua
agreement is positive step for China to leverage the
nations gas resources.
Emerson Process Management released a new
version of its Daniel process acquisition controller at the
2014 OTC. New features in DanPac Version v3.0 build on the
systems ability to reduce measurement uncertainty,
facilitate remote monitoring and control high precision
O&G custody transfer and fiscal metering systems.
The CalPac metering software suite is a new feature, which
uses a number of applications developed to automate flow
measurement calculations and data processing, including gas
and liquid calculations, measurement uncertainty and meter
factor trending. Integrated historical system
performance and process trending capabilities enable
operators and management to monitor the metering system.
Operators can identify potential meter problems before
they can adversely impact system performance. The
applications allow automated online validation of metering
data in accordance with industry standards, including API,
ISO and AGA, to minimize errors and satisfy audit trail
The new release also includes a powerful enterprise class
web-based reporting application to enhance accessibility and
audit traceability. The platform provides secure and
encrypted PDF reporting capabilities. These eliminate the
possibility of data manipulation and safeguard the integrity
of custody transfer and fiscal metering transactions.
Users can also customize reporting content and layout
to fit their needs. In addition, DanPac easily integrates
with a broad variety of DCS hosts and SCADA systems to
provide metering information.
The DanPac solution replaces a long-standing industry
approach that did not provide the needed reliability
, ease of
serviceability, robustness, and cost savings. The industry
relied largely on one-off, custom-built control solutions
that were expensive to structure and support, making training
and service costly, limited, and slow. With the DanPac
solution, users will benefit not only from a standardized
control system with integrated engineering and operations environment
, but also from a
single point of responsibility for global, consistent and
rapid support services.
The DanPac solution is available in four flexible system
configurations to ensure a cost-effective solution regardless
of the size of the metering operation. The architecture of
DanPac v3.0 includes a logic controller and the Daniel S600+
flow computers. It is designed to be redundant for high reliability
, which is particularly
valuable on offshore and remote locations.