SPE Drilling & Completion: featured papers

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Wellbore Strengthening

125093-PA – Avoiding Losses in Depleted and Weak Zones by Constantly Strengthening Wellbores
E. van Oort, Shell E&P Co. Americas; and J. Friedheim, T. Pierce, and J. Lee, M-I SWACO

132981-PA – Understanding the Effects of Leakoff Tests on Wellbore Strength
Hong Wang, Sharp-Rock Technologies, Inc.; M Y. Soliman, Texas Tech University; Zhaohui Shan, Halliburton Energy; Frank Meng, ConocoPhillips; and Brian F. Towler, University of Wyoming

Well Abandonment

138287-PA – Field-/Well-Integrity Issues, Well-Abandonment Planning, and Workover Operations on an Inadequately Abandoned Well: Peace River, Alberta, Case Study
C. Diller, Shell Canada

Underbalanced Drilling

135796-PA – Which Reservoirs in China Are Best for Underbalanced Drilling?
Yanhua Yao, SPE, Weatherford (China) Energy; Gangping Xie, Southwest Oil Company; S.W. Nas, SPE; S. Boutalbi, SPE, Weatherford International; and Heli Du, SPE, Weatherford (China) Energy


SPE Production & Operations: featured papers

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140169-PA – Surface-Area vs. Conductivity-Type Fracture Treatments in Shale Reservoirs
Muthukumarappan Ramurthy, Halliburton; Robert D. Barree, Barree & Associates; Donald P. Kundert, Halliburton; Erik Petre, Hunt Oil Company; and Mike Mullen, Realm Energy

140253-PA – Modeling of Hydraulic-Fracture-Network Propagation in a Naturally Fractured Formation
X. Weng, O. Kresse, C. Cohen, R. Wu, and H. Gu, Schlumberger

140686-PA – Experimental Evaluation of Guar-Fracture-Fluid Filter-Cake Behavior
Ben Xu, SPE, A.D. Hill, SPE, and Ding Zhu, SPE, Texas A&M University; and Lei Wang, SPE, China Petroleum University

142479-PA – Damage Mechanisms in Unconventional-Gas-Well Stimulation–A New Look at an Old Problem
Josef Shaoul, StrataGen Delft; Lars van Zelm, TU Delft; and C.J. de Pater, StrataGen Delft


SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering: featured papers

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Pressure-Transient-Test Applications

149567-PA – Pressure-Pressure Deconvolution Analysis of Multiwell-Interference and Interval-Pressure-Transient Tests
M. Onur, Istanbul Technical University; and C. Ayan and F.J. Kuchuk, Schlumberger

125043-PA – Practical Solutions for Pressure-Transient Responses of Fractured Horizontal Wells in Unconventional Shale Reservoirs
M. Brown, SPE, and E. Ozkan, SPE, Colorado School of Mines; R. Raghavan, SPE, Phillips Petroleum; and H. Kazemi, SPE, Colorado School of Mines

149807-PA – Semisteady-State Productivity of a Well in a Rectangular Reservoir Producing at Constant Rate or Constant Pressure
Jacques Hagoort, Consultant

137062-PA – Interpretation of Immiscible WAG Repeat Pressure-Falloff Tests
B.A. Stenger, SPE, Oryx Petroleum Services; S.A. Al Kendi, SPE, A.F. Al Ameri, SPE, and A.B. Al Katheeri, SPE, ADCO


New SPE magazine, Oil and Gas Facilities, now available

As SPE Technical Director for Projects, Facilities, and Construction (PFC), I invite you to take a look at Oil and Gas Facilities, SPE’s magazine dedicated to our discipline. Oil and Gas Facilities focuses on the projects, systems, and technologies of facilities engineering. Feature articles give timely reports on PFC-related news, technical advances, and people, and [...]


New M&I technical director Cindy Reece shares her top three goals for 2012

I am very honored to serve as your new Management and Information (M&I) Technical Director. Many thanks to Kamel Bennaceur for progressing this technical area and for his service to SPE as the former M&I Technical Director. I plan to use this space as a blog area to keep you apprised of what I’m focusing [...]


Trends in Monitoring: How to Use Real -Time Data Effectively

David Pritchard, Successful Energy Practices International, Jesse Roye, Digital Oilfield Solutions, and J.C. Cunha, Ecopetrol America

Real-time data is not about well control, it is about well control avoidance. Recent catastrophic blowouts have underscored the value of real-time data and have also underscored the value of having the right kind of experience to understand well data interpretation in real time.


Reducing the Hidden Costs of Subsea Well Completions

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT/JPT Online Staff Writer

Subsea completions tied back to platforms have allowed marginal fields to be put into production, but maintaining that production long enough to reach the industry average for recoveries is an unsolved problem. A small group of companies are working to change that.


The Tantalizing Promise of Oil Shale

Robin Beckwith, Staff Writer JPT/JPT Online

With oil shale estimates vastly overshadowing those for crude oil, why does oil shale remain a scarcely touched resource?


Building a “New Normal” on the Bedrock of Risk Management

Martin Craighead, SPE, Baker Hughes

Historically, our industry has been driven by a series of inflection points to re-examine best practices, technologies, or philosophies on how we conduct our business. The most notable of these have often been associated with tragedies such as the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea and, most recently, the Macondo disaster in the US Gulf of Mexico.


Well Control

Jerome Schubert, SPE, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

Procrastination: Is it too many things going on at once that causes us to rush to meet deadlines, or makes us forget to complete important tasks in a timely manner, or even try to do too many things at once, resulting in nothing getting done correctly? You probably are wondering how this relates to well control.

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