Karen Olson, SPE, Completion Engineering Chief, Southwestern EnergyWhoever thought the "drilling process" of "fracking" would be making headlines? In a tour of hydraulic-fracturing operations, ironically in a fossil-fuel-powered vehicle, Yoko Ono was trying to draw attention to the horrors of the process. Of course, no one on the tour actually lived there, owns property there, or has a degree in hydrology, geology, or petroleum engineering.
Francisco J.S. Alhanati, Managing Director, C-FER TechnologiesProduction engineers are often tasked with analyzing existing data to try to understand the factors affecting equipment failures or subpar performance, to guide the implementation of actions geared toward mitigating such problems and improving overall operations. Sometimes, this can become quite a difficult task.
Gerd Kleemeyer, SPE, Manager of Integrated Geophysical Services, Shell, Global Solutions UpstreamThe advanced seismic technologies available today require timely planning and close integration to maximize their value. This requirement has been a red thread in all my previous feature reviews, and this is likely to continue.
Cam Matthews, SPE, C-FER Technologies FellowWith continued favorable oil prices, it has been another busy year in terms of heavy-oil discoveries and field developments throughout the world. Both onshore and offshore, many of these new projects are of major scale, requiring significant investment and ranking high in terms of complexity and challenge from a development and recovery standpoint.