From the NST – Explosion at Labuan PETRONAS plant

February 28, 2010

Taken from the NST, dateline 2010-02-22:

LABUAN: There was a large explosion at the Petronas Methanol Labuan (PML)’s S1001 controlled natural gas Flare Tip that caused operations at the RM511 million methanol plant to cease today. Eighty-two PML contract workers and 46 of its staff were working there when the explosion occurred at 11.37 am but no one was hurt.

Two fire engines from the Labuan Fire and Rescue Service and the PML rescue unit rushed to the scene and controlled the situation within 30 minutes.

Speaking at a news conference, PML production chief, Mohd Kamis Abdul Manap, said a detailed investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the explosion.

“We will conduct a comprehensive investigation before operations can continue. We will identify if there was weakness in the safety aspect,” said Mohd Kamis

Offhand, I would say failure of the Permit to Work System, opening up the process, air ingress into the vent, improper molecular seal vent, too low design pressure of the vent…

Wow, and I’m making all this up from the news clip above. Synergy would be most pleased in leading the 3rd party safety inspection. You know where we are.

You can subscribe to an online version of the paper at the Bluehyppo site, follow links to e-browse.

When is an AND Gate an OR Gate? When you DTS

February 27, 2010

Here’s an interesting tidbit I picked up during my FS course in Bangkok.

There are two building blocks used in logic  programming:

And logic associated with these is:

Input Output
0 0 0
0 1 0
1 0 0
1 1 1


Input Output
0 0 0
0 1 1
1 0 1
1 1 1


Now, think in terms of ‘energised’ as Boolean value 1, and ‘non-energised’ as Boolean value 0, then go through the logic of a “de-energise to safe” (DTS) system. Assuming that A and B are sensing elements of a one out of two (1oo2) voting system, then if A or B trip (de-energise), the logic output of an AND gate is 0, i.e. non-energised.

Hence, an AND gate acts as an OR gate in a DTS system. And an OR gate acts like an AND gate.

And Synergy can give you more from where that came from

From the NST – USM Trio turns Waste to ‘Gold’

February 26, 2010

Taken from the New Straits Times, dateline 2010-02-20:

Universiti Sains Malaysia is introducing its award-winning ViscoLigno, a chemically modified biopolymer that functions as a drilling mud gelling and viscosifying agent. Standing out from other more commonly used additives in mud drilling, the ViscoLigno is made of oil palm waste.

Its inventor, USM Chemical Sciences School lecturer Associate Professor Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim, said ViscoLigno would prevent the soil from collapsing during the drilling process.

He said the substance would also allow soil residue to rise to the surface, allowing the drill to go deeper into the earth without getting stuck.

You can subscribe to an online version of the paper at the Bluehyppo site, follow links to e-browse.

ConocoPhillips exec dies in Alaska avalanche

February 25, 2010

Before I start, lets put things into perspective:

From the 2008 annual report, E&P Production:

  • Alaska contribution - 15%, 244kbd
  • Asia Pacific contribution -12%, 91 kbd

From Reuters:

ANCHORAGE, Feb 14 (Reuters) – The president of ConocoPhillips Alaska was killed in an avalanche and a colleague who was part of his snowmobiling party was missing and presumed dead, Alaska State Troopers told Reuters.

The body of Jim Bowles was recovered near Spencer Glacier by rescue workers around lunchtime on Saturday, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters told Reuters late on Saturday.

“Bowles was pulled from the avalanche debris and CPR was given for about 30 minutes before they stopped the effort,” Peters said.

The SOGE Story – Synergy MECIP Team

February 24, 2010

There was a MOGEC/MOGSC Intercompany Futsal Tournament last Saturday. Below are some shots I took.

IEM Shout Out – Welding Requirements for Pressure Vessels

February 23, 2010

This is a shout out for the IEM. My Technical Division will hosting a course on the 2nd and 3rd March, 2010. You’ll get to visit TNB’s Intergrated Learning Solution – ILSAS at Bangi in additiion to getting 13 CPD points.

The course provides basic knowledge and understanding of design requirements to engineers in selecting proper welding technology for pressure vessel manufacturing and structural design. In the course participants will gain basic understanding of the following: -

  1. welding symbols in accordance to AWS A 2.4 and BS EN 22553 (ISO 2553)
  2. behaviour of welded structures under different types of loading
  3. factors affecting fatigue and types of fractures failure
  4. design principles for static pressure vessels and aluminum structures

The Presenter, Ian Partridge, is Principal Project Leader, Equipment Risk Consulting, Structural Integrity Technology Group, TWI. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the UK Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Admitted to the Int. Register of Prof. Eng (IntPE).

Flyers for the above and other events may be obtained here.

Saturday Star 2010-02-20 – Job Opportunities

February 22, 2010

Annnd… there’s nothing for engineers this week. Belated happy holidays, everyone. And looking forward to this weekend as well.

From The Star – Caught in a Middle Income Trap

February 17, 2010

I’m posting this article, dateline 2010-02-07, because there was a specific paragraph on the oil & gas industry:

PETRONAS is known worldwide for being a successful national petroleum company. PETRONAS has done really well for the country in terms of generating oil and gas revenue from both Malaysian and non-Malaysian fileds. Unfortunately, unlike the E &E sector, upstream oil and gas production has not resulted in the emergence of a corresponding vibrant downstream oil & gas subsector.


You can subscribe to an online version of the paper at the Bluehyppo site, follow links to e-browse.

From Arab News – Oilman Con Scam

February 16, 2010

Taken from Arab News, dateline 2010-02-12:

Con men target job seekers in new cyber scam

JEDDAH: Fraudsters are using the Internet to tempt job seekers in the Gulf with false offers of work in Malaysia.

Those who fall for the trick are asked to pay around $1,500 in administration costs, which the con artists pocket before breaking off contact with their victims.

The gangs typically e-mail their targets with a package consisting of a substantial monthly salary, fully furnished accommodation and free medical and travel insurance, among others.

“These gangs have chosen Malaysia because it is an economically vibrant country where people would love to work,” said one would-be victim of the scam, who chose to remain anonymous. He said the swindlers obtained his personal data from the Internet and sent him an e-mail offering him a good job at a big offshore oil company in Malaysia

 It’s nice to know that Malaysia still has value among the scammers of the world, though I haven’t seen a 419 scam with a Malaysian originating address, though.

Saturday Star 2010-02-13 – Job Opportunities

February 15, 2010

I was browsing through the Reporter online lately, and out of curiosity, I looked up the lecture schedules of NatSci and ChemEng. Lo and behold, the timetable (and in some cases the lecturer) has not changed since I last stepped into the halls in 1995.

  • Petrofac is looking for a flowlines & sub-sea cables delivery manager, FPSO Marine System Eng (Chendor’s FPSO I believe), Lead QA Eng and a Process Engr. Contact them here.
  • And there’s another Petrofac ad, for a Drilling Eng, Completion Eng, Snr Well Test Eng, Drilling Fluid Advisor.
  • Hmm, Zee Engineering is looking for Pipeline Eng and Struc Eng for Indonesia. Contact them here or here.
  • OPR is looking for a Software Eng and Pipeline Eng. Snail mail to OPR Pipeline & Riser Sdn Bhd, A-5-6, Megan Avenue 1, 189 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 KL.

No food places this week. Anyone want to suggest a menu and place in Penang?


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