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26th November 2019 | UWA Tiebacks Symposium

Event Location: ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington WA 6151

We are pleased to welcome you to the November 2019 UWA Tiebacks Symposium. This event is designed to provide you with an opportunity to examine the ongoing gas hydrates and flow assurance research within the Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks of the University of Western Australia. The feedback you provide on these presentations is critical to maintaining a vibrant research effort that advances both student knowledge and industrial capability. This meeting builds upon the research themes developed in our Flow Assurance Workshops over the past six years, and is organised around three themes that are integral to the success of long tiebacks:

• Theme #1: Developing a Subsea Future. A primary focus of this Symposium is understanding and developing confidence in subsea technologies to improve the safety, reliability and environmental impact of offshore energy production. Our first talk will discuss an industry vision of the subsea factory concept, where primary production will move to the sea floor, enabling us to alleviate operational impact on the highly bio-diverse upper ocean. The motivation, challenges and potential solutions will be explored in the context of the research expertise available within the Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks. Our second talk will tackle a key issue in enabling the subsea factory, namely creation of reliable, compact, three-phase separators. Deployment of this technology will substantially reduce the impact of a range of flow assurance problems, from corrosion, scale and hydrates management perspectives. The final talk in this section will examine advances in our ability to model the severity of hydrate formation by taking advantage of the OLGA Extensibility framework. This update shows significant improvements in our ability to model complex systems while improving the overall computational efficiency. When coupled with experimental work, we will examine how the Gas Dominant Hydrate Extension can be used to simulate the effect of novel composite pipeline materials over long tiebacks on the order of 100 km. Predictions in this space will show that there is a significant potential for future work towards reducing or eliminating MEG injection in composite pipelines.

• Theme #2: Advanced Sensing Technologies for High Water-Cut Systems. A primary goal of the Centre for Subsea Tiebacks is to assist industry in improving our understanding of THI injection requirements to enable optimization of injection management. We are pleased, through NERA funding of the HyJump Consortium, to be able to present data gathered from the advanced Aquawatcher v2 aqueous phase sensing system. This unique sensor has been deployed on the HyJump flowloop to track the local quantity of MEG and water present in the system, and has shown potential for hydrate detection. Widespread deployment of such sensors has significant applicability in metering for inhibitor dosing optimisation. High water-cut systems are of key importance for many systems, ranging from brown fields oil reservoirs, through gas systems, to the coming generation of natural hydrate production developments. Modelling of such systems has been notoriously difficult due to a paucity of data, and, in particular, difficulty in accurately determining the surface area available for hydrate formation. In this presentation, we introduce a new flowloop, based in Western Australia, which has been designed specifically to tackle the challenges of water dominated flow. A key development of this new apparatus is that it enables a direct measurement of the viscosification effect of a hydrate slurry, while providing clear video evidence for the current state of hydrate formation. This work is coupled with data collected through our on going collaboration with the Centre for Hydrate Research at the Colorado School of Mines, where we present high-resolution imagery from a high-pressure water tunnel to offer an improved estimate of bubble surface area. Taken together, this work will support our ongoing modelling efforts to develop the Gas Dominant Hydrate Extension for bubbly flow.

• Theme #3: Corrosion Management and MEG Replacement. A new joint initiative between UWA and the Curtin Corrosion Centre aims to bridge the gap between hydrate and corrosion science, with a focus on combined assessment and maintenance of subsea tieback integrity. At this meeting, we welcome an expert review of corrosion management in the context of new materials technologies to enable long subsea tiebacks. Finally, we present an update to our ongoing campaign to quantify the stochastic nature of hydrate nucleation. Our High Pressure, Stirred, Automated LagTime Apparatus provide a unique global capability to generate statistically significant data sets to assess the probability of hydrate formation. Here we will provide a framework for assessing formation, particularly in the context of assessing the efficacy of MEG replacement through the use of KHIs. This data driven approach may see further applicability in understanding the structure function relationships of these chemicals, driving our ability to target specific improvements in performance.


Past Events

26th – 27th September July | Hydrogen Liquefaction and Storage Symposium

UWA, Crawley Campus

Transporting and storage of hydrogen in liquid state is identified as one of the critical options to develop hydrogen export industry in Australia. The liquefaction process (and storage of liquid hydrogen) needs to be efficient in order to make this option reasonable from an economic and ecological point of view. This technical symposium will review and explore scientific requirements. For more information

22nd – 26th July 2019 July | Natural Gas Processing & LNG Production Workshop

UWA, Crawley Campus

The full workshop, which consists of two related courses, reviews the physical, chemical and engineering principles used to understand the processing of natural gas and its by-products, the principles and operation of refrigeration systems and liquefaction of natural gas to make LNG. The workshop provides a general overview of gas processing and emphasizes the design and operation of gas and LNG plants with the link day involving refrigeration facilities.

Introduction to Natural Gas Processing: The following subjects are covered during the first two days:

  • Physical properties
  • Phase equilibria and vapour liquid equilibrium calculations
  • Water hydrocarbon systems
  • Gas transport
  • Acid gas treating/sweetening
  • Dew point control
  • Natural gas liquids recovery

LNG Production:

The third day will concentrate on refrigeration systems, which are commonly used in gas processing and LNG plants, starting with the basic principles and then moving into development of multi-stage refrigeration and mixed refrigerant units. The final two days will investigate LNG, the basic principles of LNG plants and then examine the primary processes available and discuss some typical operational problems which may arise. The course will generally consist of short lectures focusing on specific topics followed by hands-on simulation examples and problem solving sessions using process flowsheet simulation program. The “hands-on” computer exercises will be related to each other as often as possible so that the end result will be process models of gas processing facilities.  Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the underlying concepts and principles as well as the associated applications of simulation to solve real problems.
You may elect to attend the whole course, or the first three days, or the latter three days. As refrigeration is an important feature of natural gas and LNG plants, the common day 3 will cover this content.

Download the brochure and online payment information.


4th July 2019, 8:30am – 12:30pm | Flow Assurance Symposium

Event Location: ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington WA 6151

Theme #1: Understanding Hydrate Blockage Risk

9:10-9:40am Evaluating Hydrate Formation in Long Gas-Condensate Tiebacks (T. Charlton)

9:40-10:00am Managing Hydrate Growth with Synergistic Inhibition (T. Kuteyi)

Theme #2: Reducing MEG Dosage Requirements 

10:00-10:25am Experimental Measurements of Hydrate Formation in a Jumper (A. Kumar)

10:25-10:45am Understanding Hydrate Formation Probability at Pinch Points (V. Lim)

10:45-11:05am New Measurements of Hydrate Nucleation Using Acoustic Levitation (K. Jeong)

11:05–11:30am Morning coffee/tea break

Theme #3: Managing Corrosion in Subsea Tiebacks

11:30-11:50am An Overview of Corrosion (M. Iannuzzi)

11:50-12:30pm Hydrate Formation on Partially Corroded Carbon Steel (J. Diaz)

12:30-1:30pm Lunch and optional tour of laboratory facilities

Register Your Interest – email lngfutures-fems@uwa.edu.au 

29th November 2018, 8:30am – 5:00pm | Hydrogen Export Research Workshop

Event Location: ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington WA 6151

Hydrogen has been identified as central to the decarbonisation of the energy and industrial sectors. The CSIRO has released a National Hydrogen Roadmap intended to help the development of a hydrogen industry. Significant efforts in research & development are underway to promote hydrogen production, distribution and utilisation within Australia. Tremendous opportunities also exist to establish a H2 export industry that builds upon our world-leading track record as global supplier of LNG. However many technical challenges exist regarding the most cost-effective methods of exporting H2 from Australia to the large prospective markets in Japan, Korea and China. Overcoming these challenges efficiently will require Australia to develop systematic and coordinated research & development program, informed by industry and the experience of other countries that builds upon existing strengths while minimising duplication.

This workshop will focus on the design and use of research infrastructure that allows for industrial-scale validation of H2 export technologies will be central to this program.

Workshop details and registration


22nd November 2018, 8:30am – 1:00pm | Flow Assurance Workshop

Event Location: ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington WA 6151

In the November 2018 meeting, we look forward to presenting an overview of the group’s progress over the past six months, with highlights from the following projects:

  • Application of OLGA Extension for hydrate growth/blockage in gas-condensate systems
  • Statistically significant measurements of hydrate nucleation probability
  • Update on HyJump jumper flowloop at ARRC (co-operated with CSIRO)
  • Effect of MEG dosage on hydrate growth rate

Register Your Interest – email lngfutures-fems@uwa.edu.au 


26 October 2018, 8:30am | Imperial College London Public Lecture

Event Location: UWA Indian Ocean Marine Research Institute, Fairway, Crawley Campus

Dr Iain Macdonald presented “Putting CO2 in its Place! A unique research partnership investigating the fundamentals principles of subsurface carbon dioxide behaviour in carbonate reservoirs”.


1 June 2018, 8:30 am start | Public Lecture

Emerson Virtual Plant: A Digital Transformation for our Process World

Event Location: ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington WA 6151

The digital transformation is dramatically changing our personal life. In the process industry and research, we are also adopting the digital transformation and enjoying the benefits this technology innovation brings. In this session, we would like to share with you how the virtual plant brings the digital transformation to our process world using a combination of process simulation (including distillation column example), control emulation, virtualisation and cloud technology.

Free lecture, register on arrival


16 March 2018 | VMG Public Lecture – From small computers to big data, oil and gas, and beyond

Brent Young, University of Auckland Professor and VMG Associate

Event Location: UWA Indian Ocean Marine Research Institute, Fairway, Crawley Campus

Dynamic simulation is a powerful but under used tool.  This presentation will introduce the benefits of using a modern rigorous dynamic process simulator for dynamic modelling for process operations and safety.  Previous barriers to widespread use, changes in the industry that has enabled its potential widespread adoption, and an “ideal” dynamic simulator are defined.  Applications in process design, control strategy development, conceptual design, fault tree and safety analysis & evaluation, operator/engineer training and process improvement/process understanding will be highlighted, with examples including pipeline pigging, pipeline leak detection, a pipeline burst, LPG transfer and vapour recovery, vessel relief and blow downs, gas plant safety monitoring, and a gas plant boiler tube burst.  Finally a layer of protection analysis inspired framework for an economic risk based assessment of advanced process control schemes is introduced.

Register Your Interest


12 Dec 2017 | Flow Assurance Workshop

Event Location: ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151Flow Assurance Workshop

The Flow Assurance Workshop is a biannual event designed to create an interface between student and staff research projects and critical technology goals within the oil and gas community. These workshops provide a forum in which young scholars can present their latest results and analyses, to gain feedback on the applicability of their results with an industrial context.  The event is free of charge to Industry participants.

Flow Assurance Workshop | Register Your Interest


29 Nov 2017 | Separation and Sensing Workshop

Event Location: UWA Indian Ocean Marine Research Institute, Fairway, Crawley Campus

A chance for Industry to learn about ongoing research at the ARC Training Centre for LNG Futures, with special guests from the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland.

Gas Capture Technologies: a new spin-out company| Hybrid Membrane-Absorption Processes for Acid Gas Removal | Helium Capture from Natural Gas | Monitoring Membrane Fouling with MRI NMR Oil-in-Water Monitoring in a Process Plant | Adsorption-based CO2 Capture in the Natural Gas Industry | Lab Tour

Free to industry participants – register lngfutures-fems@uwa.edu.au

 


02 Aug 2017 | Masterclass: Equations of State for LNG

Event Location: UWA, Crawley Campus

Professor Roland Span of Ruhr University, Germany will present a Masterclass on Equations of State for LNG systems. Two very recent models, namely the Enhanced Revised Klosek-McKinley method, which is a new standard for LNG custody transfer, and the EOS LNG, will be highlighted in detail.

Workshop Details & Registration


31 Jul 2017 | Public Lecture: Closed Cycle Carbon Economy

UWA, Crawley Campus

Even though the climate change conference in Paris achieved meaningful results, society still has a long way to go to rid itself of CO2 emissions. How to accomplish this task?  Professor Roland Span of Ruhr University, Germany will present a lecture on Closed Cycle Carbon Economy (C3eco). C3eco integrates the technical and social aspects of the long-term transitions from current structures for supplying society with power, fuel, and resources to those based on closed carbon cycles.

Lecture Details & Registration


24-25 Jul 2017 | Electrolyte Short Course

UWA, Crawley Campus

Understanding electrolyte solutions is relevant to water systems throughout many industries including oil and gas, water treatment and mining. This course will cover the underlying theory and modelling of electrolytes and common processes such as absorption, neutralization, precipitation, crystallisation and corrosion. There will be industry specific case studies to match participants’ areas of work.

Workshop Details & Registration


17 – 21 Jul 2017 | Gas Processing & LNG Workshop

UWA, Crawley Campus

The full workshop, which consists of two related courses, reviews the physical, chemical and engineering principles used to understand the processing of natural gas and its by-products, the principles and operation of refrigeration systems and liquefaction of natural gas to make LNG. The workshop provides a general overview of gas processing and emphasizes the design and operation of gas and LNG plants with the link day involving refrigeration facilities.

Workshop Details & Registration


20 Jun 2017 | Solids Deposition in Cryogenic Heat Exchangers

UWA CBD Office, Level 2, WA Trustee Building 133 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Professor Eric May will present on prediction and prevention of hydrocarbon solids deposition in LNG cryogenic heat exchangers.  The presentation will include an Industry Case Study of a published RasGas exchanger blockage event and demonstration of the UWA developed software tools CryoFAST and ThermoFAST.  This software has been developed in collaboration with guidance from the GPA Midstream Technical Committee.

Presentation Slides


1 Jun 2017 | Flow Assurance WorkshopFlow Assurance Workshop

ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151

The Flow Assurance Workshop is a biannual event designed to create an interface between student and staff research projects and critical technology goals within the oil and gas community. These workshops provide a forum in which young scholars can present their latest results and analyses, to gain feedback on the applicability of their results with an industrial context.  The event is free of charge to Industry participants.

Flow Assurance Workshop | Flow Assurance Meeting Notes


Brent Peyton, PhD

24th Mar 2017 | Public Lecture: Algal Biofuels and Microbial Diversity

26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151

Professor Brent M. Peyton of Montana State University presents “Algal Biofuels and Microbial Diversity: Alkaline Geothermal Systems of Yellowstone”

Seminar Abstract | Seminar Details


M.Richter ThermoHP17th Mar 2017 | Public Lecture: New accurate density measurements and improved models for predicting cryogenic LNG properties

8:30 – 9:15 am

ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151

Professor Markus Richter of Ruhr-Universität Bochum presents “New accurate density measurements and improved models for predicting cryogenic LNG properties”

Seminar Abstract | Seminar Details


10th Mar 2017 | Public Lecture: Thermodynamics for the Oil Industry

8:30 – 9:15 am

ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151

Professor Jean-Pierre Grolier of Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF), Université Blaise Pascal, France presents Thermodynamics for the Oil Industry Upstream (Crude Oil Extraction & Flow Assurance)”

Seminar Abstract | Prof. Grolier CV | Seminar Details


20th Jan 2017 | Public Lecture: Ashphaltenes

8:30 – 9:30 am

ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151

Professor Siegfried Stapf of Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany presents “Combining NMR, EPR and DNP to unravel maltene-asphaltene interactions in crude oil”


10th Nov 2016 | Flow Assurance WorkshopFlow Assurance Workshop

ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151

The Flow Assurance Workshop is a biannual event designed to create an interface between student and staff research projects and critical technology goals within the oil and gas community. These workshops provide a forum in which young scholars can present their latest results and analyses, to gain feedback on the applicability of their results with an industrial context.

Flow Assurance Workshop | Flow Assurance Meeting Notes


6th Oct 2016 | Gas Processing & Sensing WorkshopFluid_Science_and_Resources_Division.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro

ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151

A chance for Industry to learn about the ongoing research the Fluid Science & Resources engineering group is undertaking at UWA.

Raman Spectroscopy for In Situ Compositional Analysis | High Performance Pressure Swing Adsorption Processes | NMR Analysis Techniques | Emulsion Characterisation | Lab Tour

Workshop Flyer | Workshop Agenda | Workshop Presentations


Practical Distillation Workshop

UWA, Crawley Campus

You’ve just missed Henry Kister’s Practical Distillation Technology Workshop held in July.  Please contact us if you’d like to be notified when the next one is scheduled.