Grand Challenges Facing E&P Industry

The E&P industry faces numerous challenges as it addresses growing energy demand, the need for sustainable operations, declining production from older reservoirs, and new resources in harder to reach and harsher environments. The SPE Research & Development Committee identified five grand challenges for the industry and is developing white papers for each one that describe the challenge, the current state of R&D, and areas for further research.

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Five Grand Challenges

Higher Resolution Subsurface Imaging

It is hard to read road signs if you have poor eyesight, which is why driver’s licenses are issued with restrictions requiring that corrective lenses must be worn. Likewise, it is hard to find and exploit subsurface resources if you can’t clearly see your targets or monitor the movement of fluids in the reservoir. [Click the title to access the white paper, read comments, or leave a comment.]

24 July 2012 | No Comments »

Challenges in Reusing Produced Water

Produced water is an inextricable part of the hydrocarbon recovery processes, yet it is by far the largest volume waste stream associated with hydrocarbon recovery. [Click the title to access the white paper, read comments, or leave a comment.]

12 October 2011 | No Comments »

In-Situ Molecular Manipulation

Energy sources are vital to sustain and grow the world economy. As of today, the world mainly relies on fossil fuel as the source of energy for transportation, power generation, chemicals manufacturing, and other industrial applications. [Click the title to access the white paper, read comments, or leave a comment.]

23 August 2011 | No Comments »

Increasing Hydrocarbon Recovery Factors

Conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons are likely to remain the main component of the energy mix needed to meet the growing global energy demand in the next 50 years. [Click the title to access the white paper, read comments, or leave a comment.]

11 July 2011 | No Comments »

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Briefly stated, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) will help us to sustain many of the benefits of using hydrocarbons to generate energy as we move into a carbon-constrained world. [Click the title to access the white paper, read comments, or leave a comment.]

15 June 2011 | 5 Comments »

 

Further Coverage

The five grand challenges are the focus of a new series of JPT articles, and will be covered in a 2011 webinar series by the R&D Technical Section.