The February issue of SPEPO is my
first as the Executive Editor. The first thing that I need to do is thank
Syed Ali for the great job that he did as the previous Executive Editor.
I found that Syed left a very competent, organized team and it has made my
transition much easier than I ever expected.
As Syed noted in the last issue, the
Review Chairs (who do all the hard work) include Harold Brannon, Ian Collins,
Ali Ghalambor, Dean Wehunt, Jennifer Miskimins, and Joe Smith. They
really deserve the thanks of all of us who are involved with the
Journals. The Technical Editors, who are too numerous to name, are also a
very important part of the process and I would like to encourage more of you to
join in the review process in this capacity. There is a workshop that is
given every year at the annual meeting that will get you up to speed on what it
takes to become a Technical Editor.
As I start my tenure, I would like to
make a comment about the review system and the Journals. As most people
know, there is an ever-increasing number of papers being written for SPE
conferences and the system is straining to keep up with the load. This
makes it a struggle for the Review Chairs and the Technical Editors,
particularly if they are overloaded with papers that are not likely to be
published. Here is how you can all help.
If the papers that you present at a
conference are primarily commercial product papers, papers without any
background information (e.g., no references or review of previous literature),
papers without any comparative testing, or other similar papers that really are
not suitable for publication in a refereed journal, please do not request that
they be reviewed for the Journals. Someone will need to spend valuable
time reading the paper, only to decide that it is not suitable. Because
your paper has been or will be presented at a conference, it remains forever in
the SPE literature and it is available for citation and can be obtained from
the eLibrary. I believe that most people know whether their paper is
truly a potential journal candidate, so please help us out by assessing your
papers before checking the box that requests a review. If you do that, we
can spend more time on the journal-appropriate papers that deserve a careful
The February issue is an extra-large one;
it will help reduce the backlog of papers that have been accepted and are
awaiting publication. As usual, it cuts across numerous technology lines
with papers on coiled tubing, artificial lift, fracturing, acidizing, and
optimization, as well as other surface and downhole operations.
On Reservoir Fluid-Flow Control With
Smart Completions deals with
using smart systems to control downhole valves in order to minimize water
encroachment and maximize hydrocarbon production. Development and
Applications of the Sustaining Integrated Asset-Modeling Tool also deals
with optimizing production, but from the perspective of developing tools to
facilitate updating and maintenance of integrated asset models.
The performance of gas separators and
recommendations for their use are the matters discussed in A Laboratory
Study With Field Data of Downhole Gas Separators; five different gas
separator designs were lab tested in this study.
The Shortcomings and Challenges of
the Petroleum Industry assesses the limitations of automated metering
systems and suggests solutions for improving these systems.
The evaluation of gas lift technology
under conditions that many would consider marginal is discussed in
Application of Gas Lift Technology to a High-Water-Cut Heavy-Oil Reservoir
in Intercampo Oilfield, Venezuela. The application of jet pumps for
deep heavy-oil reservoirs and, specifically, techniques to reduce light-oil
usage are considered in Circulating Usage of Partial Produced Fluid as Power
Fluid for Jet Pump in Deep Heavy-Oil Production.
Produced Water Management Strategy and
Water Injection Best Practices: Design, Performance, and
Monitoring is a wide-ranging
discussion of produced-water re-injection issues and strategies covering matrix
and fracturing injection conditions.
Rigless Interventions in Failed
Gravel-Pack Gas Wells Using New Resin Systems discusses the application of two separate
chemical systems to remediate screen problems and avoid the cost and time of
bringing in a workover rig.
The importance of the residual bend
radius of coiled tubing strings on lockup depth, an especially important issue
for operations in extended-reach wells, is examined theoretically in The
Penetration of Coiled Tubing With Residual Bend in Extended-Reach
On the hydraulic fracturing front,
Specific Fluid Requirements for Successful Coiled-Tubing Fracturing
Applications evaluates friction pressures, crosslinker delay, shear
effects, and stability of fracturing fluids in coiled-tubing
applications. Fracture Treatment Design and Execution in Low-Porosity
Chalk Reservoirs compares the results of 100 fracture treatments in a chalk
reservoir to assess the effects of the reservoir and the treatments on the
stimulation results. In Pressure Variations Inside the Hydraulic
Fracture and Their Impact On Fracture Propagation, Conductivity, and
Screenout, a case is made for large pressure drops and an accompanying
width decrease within hydraulic fractures due to complexity and “off-balance”
The use of viscoelastic surfactants for
matrix acidization, acid fracturing, and diversion in Saudi Arabian oil and gas
fields is discussed in Lessons Learned From Using Viscoelastic Surfactants
in Well Stimulation. Laboratory studies of the “self-diversion,”
leakoff, cleanup, and wormhole-development characteristics of a viscoelastic
acid system were performed in Diversion and Cleanup Studies of Viscoelastic
Surfactant-Based Self-Diverting Acid.
A methodology for developing wireless
telemetry to transmit bottomhole pressure and temperature data in drillstem
tests or other shut-in well applications is discussed in Coreless
Electromagnetic Coupling-Based Drillstem Telemetry Using Dual Electronic
A laboratory flow loop was used to
evaluate core-annular-flow characteristics of heavy oil with water as the
lubricating fluid in Pipeline Lubrication of Heavy Oil: Experimental
Investigation of Flow and Restart Problems.
This is quite a group of papers! I
expect that there is something here for almost everyone. Thank you for
your interest and participation, and I welcome any comments or