Karen Olson, SPE, Completion Expert for Southwestern Energy
It is a good time to be in the oil industry. The rig count, drilling activity, and oil prices are high, and shale plays are a significant reason for each. And, because it is shale, it is an especially good time to be a completion engineer!
If you are here then, like me, you must be curious on what is the P&O community is up to? Well that is the idea of this place (page) and its linked websites. As the Production and Operations Technical Director, it pleases me to welcome you to your window on the production and operation world [...]
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
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.
Syed A. Ali, SPE, Research Advisor, Schlumberger
Revitalizing mature fields embraces multiple objectives, especially maximizing production while minimizing capital expense and reducing the inevitable decline rate and minimizing the operating expense. The collective approach to meet these objectives is application of practical and focused engineering and geology tied with the application of enabling technologies.
140937-PA – Review of Electrical-Submersible-Pump Surging Correlation and Models
Jose Gamboa and Mauricio Prado, The University of Tulsa
142764-PA – Assessing Gas Lift Capability To Support Asset Design
James W. Hall, SPE, and Mubarak A.M. Jaralla, Qatar Petroleum
144573-PA – World’s Deepest Through-Tubing Electrical Submersible Pumps
J.Y. Julian, SPE, BP; J.C. Patterson, SPE, ConocoPhillips; and B.E. Yingst, SPE, and W.R. Dinkins, SPE, Baker Hughes
140228-PA – Case History: Lessons Learned From Retrieval of Coiled Tubing Stuck by Massive Hydrate Plug When Well Testing in an Ultradeepwater Gas Well in Mexico
Victor Vallejo Arrieta, Aciel Olivares Torralba, Pablo Crespo Hernandez, and Eduardo Rafael Roman Garcia, PEMEX; and Claudio Tigre Maia and Michael Guajardo, Halliburton
134483-PA – New Perspective on Gas-Well Liquid Loading and Unloading
C.A.M. Veeken, SPE, NAM, and S.P.C. Belfroid, SPE, TNO
98774-PA – What Would Be the Impact of Temporarily Fracturing Production Wells During Squeeze Treatments?
Abdul Al-Rabaani, PDO, and Eric J. Mackay, Heriot-Watt University
141384-PA – Modeling the Application of Scale-Inhibitor-Squeeze Retention-Enhancing Additives
O. Vazquez, Heriot-Watt University; P. Thanasutives, PTT Exploration and Production Plc; C. Eliasson and N. Fleming, Statoil; and E. Mackay, Heriot-Watt University
132535-PA – Laboratory Study of Diversion Using Polymer-Based In-Situ-Gelled Acids
A.M. Gomaa, SPE, M.A. Mahmoud, SPE, and H.A. Nasr-El-Din, SPE, Texas A&M University
133380-PA – Methods for Enhancing Far-Field Complexity in Fracturing Operations
Loyd East Jr., SPE, Halliburton; M.Y. Soliman, SPE, Texas Tech University; and Jody Augustine, SPE, Halliburton
Scott J. Wilson, SPE, Senior Vice President of Ryder Scott Company
It was not long ago that finding a natural-gas field beneath your property was viewed universally as a stroke of good luck. Now, local natural-gas development is feared by many who assume the “new technology” of “fracing” is environmentally harmful. In reality, the first hydraulic-fracturing treatment was tested in a North Carolina granite quarry way back in 1903.
The science behind the use of microbes to enhance oil recovery has advanced significantly, but it suffers from old associations. After decades of trial and error, those working on microbial enhanced oil recovery have identified the “oil-eating” bacteria that laboratory tests suggest can change the properties in an oil reservoir, and know better how to put them to work.