Category Archives: Drilling and Completions

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Distinguished Lecturer: Magnetic Shielding of Directional Measurement Tool

The magnetic property of drilling fluid is one of the substantial error sources for the determination of azimuth while drilling deviated wells. These effects represent a significant cost to be mitigated. The error becomes even more pronounced if drilling occurs in Arctic regions close to the magnetic North Pole (or South Pole). Join Arild Saasen as he discusses the topic and gives guidelines to minimize the negative effects of magnetic shielding.

January 12, 2015              Perm, Russia
January 14, 2015              Ukhta, Russia
January 15, 2015              Samara, Russia
January 19, 2015              Trondheim, Norway
January 20, 2015              Oslo, Norway
January 21, 2015              Bergen, Norway

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Director’s Note: First SPE R&D Competition

The 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Oct. 27-29.  Of special interest to me as R & D Committee Chairman was SPE’s first Research & Development Competition held on Monday, 27 October.  The contest specifically encouraged researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to address the 6  E & P Grand Challenges: (1) Higher Resolution Subsurface Imaging of Hydrocarbons; (2)  Produced Water Management, (3) In-Situ Molecular Manipulation, (4) Increasing Recovery Factors from Oil and Gas Fields,  (5) Carbon Capture, Storage and Sequestration; and (6) Minimized Environmental Impact.  This year’s winners were as follows: (1) “Electrical Mitigation of Hydrocarbon Fouling for Reduced Chemical Inhibitor Utilization (Vaibhav Bahadur, The University of Texas, $30,000), (2) ” Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies as Displacement Fluids in EOR” (Mustafa Akbulut & Cenk Temizel, Texas A & M University, $20,000), and (3) “Multi-Wavelength Sized Finite Elements for Efficient Subsurface Imaging” (Omar Laghroughe, Hariot-Watt University, $10,000).

Web Events

Web Event: Safety Culture

Attend a web event on “Safety Culture Before and After Bhopal” presented by Howard Duhon on 11 March. This webinar will tackle some challenging questions such as – ‘How is safety culture different today?’, ‘What impact did Bhopal have?’, and ‘Did it have more impact on design or on operations?’

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Register Now for the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition 17-19 March 2015

Come to London to attend this key industry event for excellent technical content, an innovative exhibition, and professional networking opportunities.  Download the Conference Preview for a first look at the technical sessions, special events, and training courses. New in 2015 is an interactive plenary session titled Successfully Delivering Wells in a Changing World. Panelists are Khaled Al Mogharbel, Schlumberger; Ivan Tan, Shell; Arne Lyngholm, Statoil; and Jack Winton, KCA Deutag. There will also be a half-day dedicated Young Professionals programme.

Receive an early bird discount on full conference registration when you register by 17 January 2015. 

Register Now for the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition »

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International Petroleum Technology Conference

International Petroleum Technology Conference 
10 – 12 December 2014 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Renowned Eastern Hemisphere oil & gas event – Dissemination of new & current technology, best practices, and multi-disciplinary activities to emphasis the importance of the “value chain” and maximizing asset value.  D&C focused technical session: “Optimisation of Well Planning”,

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Distinguished Lecturer: December

“Fracturing Fluids: How to Frac with Less or No Water” by D.V.  Satya Gupta 

  • Dec. 11, 2014  Great Yarmouth, England 
  • Dec. 14, 2014  Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 
  • Dec. 16, 2014 Muscat, Oman 
  • Dec. 17, 2014 Cairo, Egypt 
  • Dec. 18, 2014 Tunis, Tunisia

The success of hydraulic fracturing technologies in North America is raising interest to develop unconventional resources in various parts of the world where freshwater resources are not readily available. The presentation will describe technologies currently available for fracturing applications using lower-quality water, fluid systems 
that minimize or eliminate water, and systems based on non-aqueous liquids, or even no liquids at all.

Web Events

Web Event: Shale Formation Re-Fracturing

Join the 17 February web event on “Shale Formation Re-Fracturing; Why do it, What is Needed and How?” presented by Ibrahim S. Abou-Sayed.  Multi-fractured horizontal wells in Shale plays exhibit, sometimes dramatic, performance decline due to deterioration in completion efficiency. This decline is caused by one or more physical processes. These processes cause an adverse impact on the effective fracture dimensions and are controlled by pressure changes.