The Shale Evolution: Zipper Fracture Takes Hold
Many companies in south Texas are now using the completion method on almost every new pad site they drill into, saving tens of millions of dollars per year.
“The Way Ahead” Celebrates 10 Years
"The Way Ahead" Editor-in-Chief David Vaucher reflects on the industry's changes in the last decade.
Finding Ways to Fight Asphaltene Deposits
Rice University researchers are looking at tools that could have positive effects on production planning and designs in crude oil systems.
Pad Sites Offer Opportunities for Measurement Tools
Multiwell pad sites — clusters that reduce the space, time, and cost associated with completing multiple wells — are increasingly the focus of development.
Oil and Gas Sector Needs to Intensify Drilling
The oil and gas industry will need to drill roughly 670,000 wells through 2020 to meet forecast global demand.
Aera Energy Seeks a Cleaner Burn
A major heavy oil producer in California has agreed to test a device that is designed to reduce emissions of smog-producing gases and increase the efficiency of gas burners.
Project Safety is Critical in Construction and Commissioning
For oil and gas companies, working toward improving on-site safety requires a clearly defined scope of work in every stage of the development process.
University R&D Around the World
As the task of finding and producing hydrocarbons becomes more difficult, complex, and costly, the number of universities focusing on finding solutions has risen.
Federal Spending Cuts Test Appetite for Exploration and Production Research
Last year, lawmakers in the United States sent a blunt message to the oil business: If it wants new exploration and production technology, it will need to pick up more of the cost.
A Vendor’s View on Cost Control in Megaprojects
There are a number of factors that should be addressed to avoid cost overruns and delivery delays on a project.