It is with great pleasure that I greet you as the new Executive Editor of
the SPE Production & Operations journal. I have a difficult act
to follow in Norm Warpinski, the outgoing editor. I’d like to take this
opportunity to thank him for his service to SPE and the SPE Prod &
Oper journal and to add a personal note of thanks for his support and
assistance with my transition into this position. For those of you who don’t
know Norm personally, he is very generous with his time and knowledge, and for
that, I am very thankful. I would also like to thank Yannis Yortsos, the SPE
Editor-In-Chief, for the opportunity to serve SPE in this capacity.
As any Executive Editor of the SPE journals will tell you, we are only as
effective as the people that do the real work--the Associate Editors. I would
like to recognize the people that serve SPE Prod & Oper in
this capacity including (alphabetically) John Bagzis, Harold Brannon, Ian
Collins, Ali Ghalambor, Joyce Holtzclaw, Shauna Noonan, Liang-Biao Ouyang,
Joseph Smith, and Dean Wehunt. Ali Ghalambor and Dean Wehunt are stepping down
from their AE roles, and I would like to thank them for their service to SPE
Prod & Oper--they will be missed. Finally, I’d like to express my
gratitude to all the Technical Editors that serve SPE Prod & Oper.
They are too numerous to name, but SPE Prod & Oper would not
function without them. If you have an interest in becoming a Technical Editor,
please consider attending one of the workshops that are held every year in
conjunction with the annual meeting.
In this issue of SPE Prod & Oper, we are pleased to provide you
with 25 excellent papers that span a variety of topics. This is a large issue
in order to help alleviate some of the backlog of papers that currently exists.
In the following paragraphs, I have grouped them together as much as possible
by topic. In the journal itself, you will find the papers placed in numerical
to facilitate locating them quickly.
A comparison of actual to simulated production in a deepwater gas-lift
system is presented in A Systematic Investigation of Girassol
Deepwater-Field Operational Data to Increase Confidence in Multiphase
Simulation. Staying with the deepwater theme, the paper New Trend in
Oilfield Flow-Assurance Management: A Review of Thermal Insulating Fluids
discusses 75 cases of thermal fluids in riser and packer applications.
In this edition, we have several stimulation papers. Two that focus on
diversion techniques include CT Study of Liquid Diversion With Foam,
which examines experimental liquid injection after foam, and Application of
Cationic Surfactant-Based Fluids for Acid Diversion, which presents field
trials of a cationic surfactant. The use of viscoelastic fluids in the area of
stimulation are addressed in three papers, including A Novel Stimulation
Technique for Horizontal Openhole Wells in Carbonate Reservoirs--A Case Study
in Kuwait, in which the authors present a matrix acidizing application;
Fluid-Loss Control Improves Performance of Viscoelastic Surfactant
Fluids, which examines new fluid-loss additives for a wide range of
temperatures and permeabilities; and Quantitative Analysis of Reaction-Rate
Retardation in Surfactant-Based Acids, which evaluates the dissolution rate
of calcite in experimental settings.
Simulation of fracture-face damage and associated skin factors are presented
in Fracture-Face-Skin Evolution During Cleanup, while Application of
Diluted Consolidation Systems To Improve Effectiveness of Proppant Flowback
Remediation--Laboratory and Field Results presents the results of a new
combination method to minimize proppant flowback. Various hydraulic-fracture
multidisciplinary integration projects from around the world are examined in
three papers, including Hydraulic-Fracture-Model Sensitivity Analyses of a
Massively Stacked, Lenticular, Tight Gas Reservoir from the United States,
Data Mining Identifies Production Drivers in a Complex High-Temperature Gas
Reservoir from Australia, and Hydraulic Fracturing With Heated Fluids
Brings Success in High-Pour-Point Waxy-Oil Reservoir in India from
From a hydraulic-fracture-monitoring standpoint, an improved analysis
technique using stacked microseismic signals is presented in Stacking
Seismograms To Improve Microseismic Images. Bypassed pay is identified by
combining hydraulic fracture and reservoir simulation in Stimulation of
Bypassed Pay Zones in Existing Wellbores, while design procedures using
various proppant specific gravities are presented in Inverted-Convection
Proppant Transport for Effective Conformance Fracturing.
The stimulation papers are rounded out by Real-Time Fluid Distribution
Determination in Matrix Treatments Using DTS discussing the use of
distributed temperature sensing to monitor real-time fluid distribution, and
the Feasibility Study of Ultrasound for Oil Well Stimulation on the Basis of
Consideration of Wave Properties, which presents a theoretical basis for
stimulation using ultrasound and wave phenomena.
Simulation of the downhole gauge placement and the sensitivity of various
placement components are the subjects of Placement of Permanent
Downhole-Pressure Sensors in Reservoir Surveillance. A new monitoring and
alarming system for gas-lift systems is the subject of Production
Optimization by Real-Time Modeling and Alarming: The Sendji Field Case.
Two-phase flow is the main topic of A Simple Mechanistic Model for
Void-Fraction and Pressure-Gradient Prediction in Vertical and Inclined
Gas/Liquid Flow, which presents a new mechanistic model for flow in
vertical and inclined pipes. Simulation of slug flow is the subject of A
Study of Normal Slug Flow in an Offshore Production Facility with a
Large-Diameter Flowline. Analytical and line-source model comparisons for
undulating wells are presented in Predicting Undulating-Well
Rounding out our suite of papers are those concerned with water issues.
The Effect of Residual Oil on Deep-Bed Filtration of Particles in Injection
Water presents experimental results of formation damage from the injection
of hematite solutions. In the Practical Use of New Microbiology Tools in Oil
Production, the authors discuss microbial population shifts and their
relationship to souring of systems. Finally, Technology for Confecting
Polymer Solution With Desalinated Produced Water provides the results of an
experimental desalination unit in a polymer waterflood system.
As you can see, we have an outstanding lineup of papers that should contain
something for everyone. I hope you enjoy this issue of SPE Prod &