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First SPE Board Director for Academia Nominated

Daniel Hill, head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, is the nominee for SPE Board Director, Academia. The SPE Board of Directors approved a recommendation to add this new position to the SPE Board at its March meeting.

Nominees Announced for 2015 SPE Board

Nathan Meehan, senior executive advisor to Baker Hughes, is the nominee for 2016 SPE president. He and nine others make up the slate of Board nominees recommended for positions open on the SPE Board of Directors.

SPE Publishes Technical Report on Safety Culture

“The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture” is intended to provide guidance on the identification and mitigation of risks associated with human factors in upstream E&P operations. It’s available to members and nonmembers free at OnePetro.


Refracturing and the Shale Revolution

In what may become Act Two for the North American “shale revolution,” some operators are returning to their mature shale wells to refracture, or restimulate, the rock to accelerate the rate of production and enhance the ultimate recovery of trapped hydrocarbons. Refracturing is not a new technique and has been applied for many years in tight rock and vertical wells. But now producers want to apply refracturing to a large inventory of unconventional wells suffering from low production because of ineffective initial completions. Refracturing could also serve as a countermeasure against the characteristically steep decline rates of shale wells. A few years after coming on-stream, most horizontal shale wells produce at a fraction of their initial rate, yet large volumes of oil and gas remain in the rock that could be produced through refracturing. Learn more »


Oxane Unveils Lighter, Ultrastrong Proppant

Oxane Materials is now in the 20,000 psi club. Its new proppant, OxThor, meets the standard set for use in frontier fields, such as those in the Lower Tertiary Trend in the US Gulf of Mexico, where the grain-sized spheres will be called on to prop open fractures in wells drilled in ultradeep water around 30,000 ft deep.
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biopolymer Schizophyllan

Wintershall Sees EOR Promise in New Biopolymer

A new type of biopolymer developed by Wintershall, Germany’s largest oil and gas producer, is showing promise as an effective enhanced oil recovery (EOR) tool. The biopolymer, Schizophyllan, can survive inside high-salinity reservoirs with temperatures up to 275°F. The triple-helix configurations of the molecular structure provide durability and high viscosity.
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Microbe Population

DuPont Touts MEOR Technology

DuPont is ramping up the commercial-scale implementation of its microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) method after nearly a decade of development and testing of what it says is a low-risk way to improve production from mature fields. DuPont has isolated microbes able to promote flow conformance through the production of a biofilm that reduces permeability.
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