Mohammed Azeemuddin, SPE, Research Scientist-Rock Mechanics, ChevronProduction from challenging environments is fast becoming the norm for the oil and gas industry. We increasingly drill long horizontal sections in high-pressure/high-temperature reservoirs, deep and ultradeep water, and unconsolidated, depleted, and narrow-margin fields.
Luigi Saputelli, SPE, Principal Consultant, Frontender CorporationAlthough online communities, global connectivity, knowledge management, and computing power attempt to provide a platform for innovation, we may still fail to generate fast-enough answers.
Gregory Kubala, SPE, Chemistry Métier Manager, SchlumbergerA noteworthy driver for technology change is environmental-footprint reduction. Proppant-placement technologies now provide production enhancement with reduction in sand and water consumption. Other technologies are enabling the reuse of produced and flowback waters.
Mauricio Pestana Rebelo, SPE, Technical Services Manager, Petrobras AmericaDuring the past years, several discoveries have been made in deep and ultradeep waters around the world. Many development projects are ongoing, and exploratory campaigns are increasing in this type of play. This latter factor will certainly result in new discoveries; it has already been seen in the presalt in Brazil, the Lower Tertiary in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico, and the fields off the coast of West Africa.