Use Probabilistic Data for Safer and Cheaper Design and Operation of Pipelines

Vast amounts of data are now available to designers and operators of pipeline systems, however, this data is rarely used to optimise the design or operation because the standards and codes do not allow for this. In this article Theon’s Manager of Subsea and Pipelines, Jonathan Franklin, explains the benefits and application of making the most of the available data …

Key Personnel Appointed at Theon

Theon Limited, independent engineering consultancy in its third year of operation, has expanded with projects in UK and overseas. Managing Director Steve Rowbottom, who along with Zulfiqar Hussain is a co-founder of Theon, said ‘I am happy to announce 3 new additions to our fast growing consultancy, in both our Aberdeen and London offices. Theon has secured field development and …

HIPPS – Black Magic or Science?

Recovering reserves at an acceptable capex investment for flowline and riser installation presents significant challenges for deepwater projects. High-integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS) offer the potential to improve recoverability. These systems provide pressure breaks between subsea systems that are rated to full shut-in pressure and the flowline and riser, rated to a lower pressure. The use of HIPPS is poorly …

Shale gas – Fact or Fiction?

A report commissioned by the British Geological Survey suggests Scotland has modest reserves of shale gas and oil whereas North England has extensive reserves of shale gas. Theon’s Brian Mercer provides his views on the issues associated with shale gas, sets out some key facts and attempts to answer some of the questions behind the claims. Before shale gas recovery …

Do stage gate review processes really work?

Stage gate review processes have become a standard project management tool for upstream operators seeking to develop greenfield assets, but do they always produce an optimised development? Here, Theon’s Studies Business Manager, Jason Frost, offers a timely reminder of the value of well-executed front end studies and design challenges in fostering innovation and achieving best value. For an upstream operator seeking …