Branch News March 2009 Issue 37 - The Mining Institute of Scotland



Branch News March 2009 Issue 37 - The Mining Institute of Scotland
An Institute event is the place
to meet friends and colleagues
both old and new, why not
join with us?
Dates for Your Diary (2009)
Wednesday/Thursday 1st & 2nd April –
Downhole Metallurgy – selection for oilfield
production & injection wells
Speaker – Ed Wade, MetalEcosse Ltd
Thursday 2nd April – 6.00pm†
Talk (From Darkness to Light) and social
function at Halfway House Hotel, Kingseat, Fife
Speaker – Willie Wishart, Scottish Coal
Wednesday 22nd April – 06.00pm†
Talk (Lignite Miming in USA) and social function
at Lochside Hotel, New Cumnock, Ayrshire
Speaker – Peter Dryburgh, Wardell Armstrong
Thursday 23rd April – 0845am*
Downhole Metallurgy – selection for oilfield
injection wells
Speaker – Ed Wade, MetalEcosse Ltd
Wednesday 13th May – 12.00am†
Retired Members’ Lunch at Lochside Hotel, New
Cumnock, Ayrshire
Tuesday 16th June – 10.30am
Industrial Visit to Peterhead Power Station‡
* held at the Aberdeen Petroleum Club, see website
( for details
† sponsored by The Mining Institute of Scotland Trust
‡ see website (www.mining-scotland) for details
Young Persons Lecture
Competition 2009
The local heat of the above Competition was
held on 11 February in Aberdeen. The
winner was Luke Buskie and he will receive
a cheque for £250. The runner up was
David Marshall (who gets £150) and third
place went to Kelly Richardson (who
receives £100). Alan Law and Chehar Shah
also made presentations. All five candidates
who entered will receive a certificate from
IoM3 for participating in the Competition.
Luke will represent Scotland in the Final to
be held on 29 April at the Worshipful
Company of Armourers & Brasiers, London.
The title of Luke’s presentation was
Produced Water Reinjection: Theory,
Application and Practice.
March 2009
President’s Message
In the Ne w Year the technical programme continued with a presentation by Expro on
their flagship project for intervention in high cost deepwater wells where further
techniques will need to be developed in order to efficiently manage production from
these types of fields which will hold increasing proportions of our future production
capacity in the future. The meeting was well attended with the larger audience
assembling in Aberdeen. Although information is not in general circulation at this
time regarding the AX-S system (although a copy of the presentation made is
available for viewing by members on the IoM3 website) there is also a lot of
information on the Expro web site on intervention techniques
and technology in use.
January also saw a joint meeting with Edinburgh Geological Society where we heard
about the thoughts and issues surrounding creating solutions for deep geological
disposal of nuclear waste. There was a large turnout at this event from across the
range of disciplines that may have input on these issues in the future, but for the
present time the debate will continue at the committee stage. It was also commented
that many of the issues that need to be considered for nuclear waste disposal were
common to those for CO2 sequestration projects.
In February we were given an insight by Wardell Armstrong into the opportunities
that could lay in the world of bio-fuels and the extent of the potential use of these
resources may have on the land and the economic models that have been built up for
land use, as bio fuel resources may have the potential to put energy production in
competition with food production for land use.
Finally in March we returned to Aberdeen for the final presentation by Talisman
Energy UK entitled Piper – Past, Present and Future. This meeting began by paying
our respects to those who were lost and affected by the events of 6 July 1988. We
then moved on to listen to a subsurface presentation on the remarkable contribution
made by this field to UK North Sea hydrocarbon production by being taken through a
geological, reservoir and petroleum engineering overview of what was at one time
one of the North Sea’s super fields. Remarkably we learned that the feasibility
remains to keep production facilities in use up to as far away as 2040.
In parallel with the technical programme Council has worked in the background at
supporting our members’ interests, working towards insuring reasonable local access
to meetings and looking at ways of bringing to newer members and those just starting
off in the energy industry soft skills to support them in their career development.
The Young Persons’ Lecture Competition in February is an example of giving those
in their early years in industry the opportunity to develop their soft skills (in this case
their presentation skills). This is a very important area for those seeking careers in
international oil and gas industry, and would add to the Institute’s presence in
supporting those preparing to leave further education for the working world.
I look forward to seeing colleagues at the remaining Council meetings in this session
and for those of you in the Central Belt there are two further technical meetings
sponsored by The Mining Institute of Scotland Trust to be held at Kingseat on 2 April
and New Cumnock on 22 April.
As previously intimated the Arkwright scholarship scheme has
been put in place to offer support in developing engineers for the future, and we have
also had visits to those in their early school years, making them aware of the work
engineers do in our society.
Please feel free to contact the Secretary if you would like any further information or
feel you would like to contribute in some way – we look forward to seeing you.
Martin Cox
[email protected]
Industrial Visits
Petroleum & Drilling Engineering Division
The Mining Institute of Scotland is open to
discussion with other professional bodies
about participating in joint events. As well
as technical meetings we are exploring joint
Industrial Visits. Presently, there are two
events that may be of interest to members.
I am pleased to you that the Division is making good progress against the 2009 action
plan. Highlights and some future items to look out for:
Continuing Professional Development (Professor Babs Oyeneyin): John Osborne
and Werner Schinagl ran well received technical seminars at the Robert Gordon
University attended by 32 students, many of whom are now applying to join the
Institute. To meet demand another two day Institute accredited training course on
Metallurgy for Oil and Gas Wells is being run by Ed Wade on the 1 st and 2nd April.
Recruitment (Craig Durham): The Division had a joint stand with MIS at the recent
internal BP professional recognition in Aberdeen. All the main Engineering
Institutions relevant to the Oil and Gas sector had stands and over 300 engineers
attended the event. Many attendees expressed interest in joining the Institute and
applications are coming in. Thanks to Margaret Copland for setting this event up.
Accreditation (Martin Cox): The University of Trinidad has become the latest body
to have its Petroleum Engineering courses accredited by the Institute. The Division is
working with IoM3 to set up a session for companies in the NE of Scotland wishing to
progress accreditation – if your company is interested please contact Martin Cox.
Membership (Steve Jewell): Email distribution lists are starting to be used to
enhance communication – if the Institute does not have your email address you can
add this to your records via the website.
Website (Margaret Copland): The Institute is continuing to enhance the website and
Margaret is continually refreshing the Division site, I would strongly encourage you
to use this resource ( The Division website was recently highlighted
to the Institute Council as one of the most active sites and has moved from 10 th to 6th
place in the Institute league table for the 40 Technical Community sites.
The Division continues to publish pertinent articles in Materials World, including the
recent article from Craig Durham on the early oil developments in the East Midlands.
Discussions on joint meetings with other Institutes and the way forward for IMMa
(International Mining and Minerals Association), in the context of a federal Institute
structure, are ongoing.
If you have any views, or comments on the above, or would like to get involved with
the Division please contact any of the Board members – we will be pleased to hear
from you and our contact details are on the website.
Glasgow Geological Society has organised a
visit to an opencast coal mine in Ayrshire on
25 April. Should you be interested in
participating on this visit contact Richard
Crockett ([email protected]).
An Industrial visit to Peterhead Power
Station on 16 June as a combined visit with
the Institute of Energy has been arranged.
Depending on the interest from members in
the Central Belt, we are looking to support
our members in some way to attend this visit
and a joint dinner with the Institute of
The opportunity to visit the
Peterhead Power Station, which is one of the
most efficient power generating stations in
Europe with the ability to burn oil or gas,
will of great interest.
Contact the Secretary or Martin Cox
([email protected]) to reserve
your place.
The Sam Mavor Travelling
The Mining Institute of Scotland Trust seek
applications for the above scholarship. The
scholarship can be awarded to members of
the Mining Institute of Scotland who are
student members or, to other students of
mining generally, and will enable them to
visit places, works and mines or any such
place of special interest to them, all as may
be determined by the Trustees. Mining in
this context includes the extraction of oil
and gas.
For further information ask David Marshall
([email protected]). Application
forms are available from Keith Donaldson
([email protected]) and should
be submitted before 1 June.
Secretary’s Address
Mr David Seath BSc(Hons) CEng FIMMM
10 Woodhill Grove
KY12 8YG
Tel/Fax: 01383 432856
Email: [email protected]
Members can receive all correspondence by email.
Please contact the Secretary if you wish to receive
correspondence electronically but currently don’t.
Steve Bedford on behalf of the P&DE Division Board: [email protected] or 01224 834965
Continuous Professional Development Courses
Following on from last year’s successful introduction of CPD courses in Aberdeen
another series has been planned for the Spring. The first course being held over two
days (1 & 2 April) will be on Downhole Metallurgy – selection for oilfield production
and injection wells. A structured approach to selection of casing, tubing and
accessory materials will be presented for the different well types. Key topics will be
summarised to provide a basis for discussion of practical cases. Industry standards,
etc that support the selection process will be identified. The target audience is
petroleum engineers and others involved in the selection and specification of
downhole materials.
The next course will be held on 23 April and entitled Downhole Metallurgy –
selection for injection wells. This course is being offered to attendees of the one-day
production-well courses held in 2008. The course will extend the previously
presented methodology, for the selection of downhole tubulars (casing and tubing)
and accessories for production wells, to injection wells. As before, industry
standards, etc that support the selection process will be identified and discussion of
practical cases will be encouraged.
Full details of CPD courses are posted on the website where a flyer can be
downloaded ( Both courses are being held
at the Aberdeen Petroleum Club, Kippen Lodge, Milltimber. On completion of either
course, attendees should understand, and be comfortable managing, the selection
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