The industry is continuously looking at new monitoring devices and techniques, and there are huge opportunities for monitoring fieldwide data with the ultimate goal of understanding the reservoir better and predicting its short- and long-term production more accurately. The current downturn may be a great opportunity for the big-data revolution from other industries to be extended to the oil and gas industry in general and to reservoir performance in particular.
Like a fingerprint, every completion is unique and gives each well its own identity. The hardware selection, its deployment method, and the associated stimulation technique combine to create a one-of-kind completion, custom tailored for each application. It is this infinite variation that constantly fuels a collective desire to bring stability to the completion process. More so than ever before, the themes of efficiency and optimization serve as a backbone for completion design and execution. These themes remain valid under any market condition but become all the more significant in challenging or volatile climates.
One of the interesting developments in the last few years is an emerging understanding of the need to develop the communication infrastructure for a drilling operation. This infrastructure links all facets and players in a drilling operation: downhole, surface, remote, and enterprise. It forms the framework supporting open standards and enables the implementation of modern data analytics, real-time modeling, and control systems.
The removal of mineral scale in the oil field is typically perceived as a somewhat nonscientific discipline. Simply pumping down a few drums of acid, letting it soak or circulate, and bringing the well back online is considered the norm. This could not be further from the truth. There is as much science in dissolution of mineral scale as in any other production chemistry discipline.