SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Training Course

Training course: Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing & Production

Learn the basics of oil & gas shale evaluation and current shale “sweet spot” selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments.

Join George King 28 January 2015 in Houston, Texas. Learn more »

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Distinguished Lecturer: Perforating with Lasers

Lasers are on track to provide safe, nonexplosive, damage-free perforations. Current industrial laser technology addresses efficiency, portability, and reliability issues required for successful commercial field applications on all rock types, includ­ing shale. Join Brian Gahan as he discusses the topic and shares drilling, completion, and subsurface applications.

January 16, 2015              Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
January 20, 2015              Astana, Kazakhstan
January 22, 2015              Baku, Azerbaijan
January 26, 2015              Budapest, Hungary
January 28, 2015              Aberdeen, Scotland

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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).

Flow Assurance Technical Section

Register Today for January Flow Assurance Technical Section Luncheon

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:

Correlating Flow Regimes and Fluid Properties with Corrosion in Pipelines
Presenter:  Dr. Probjot Singh, ConocoPhillips

When: Thursday, 22 January from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX
Registration Fee: SPE Member, USD 40; Nonmember, USD 50

Presentation Topic:
The presentation will discuss corrosion mechanisms that have emerged in production systems due to changes in flow regimes and thermal behavior as conditions changed during field operations. We will see how corrosion monitoring data with fluid analyses, flow modeling, and additional laboratory testing have been effectively used to understand the corrosion mechanism and develop solutions for control.

Program Agenda

1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1130–1300: Lunch
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A

Register today »

Web Events

New Web Event on 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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Director’s Note: Public Acceptability

Oil and gas companies are making long-term investments around the world in costly, technically complicated projects where unanticipated community concerns can significantly reduce the return on investment.  One of my goals as HSSE-SR Technical Director is to convince technical decision makers with a deep understanding of the project they are working on that success can depend on something outside the realm of the design specifications and engineering—PUBLIC ACCEPTABILITY.  Many project delays are the result of non-technical issues.  For a variety of reasons, there is not always a straight-forward path to address these issues early in the project life cycle.  Some ideas to better prepare the industry include:  (1) dealing with sustainability issues beyond regulatory requirements, (2) recognizing issues outside the workplace or outside the normal bounds of exploration, development production, which will require attention, and (3) understanding that what works changes from place to place.  In June 2015, the first SPE Health and Social Responsibility Forum will be held in Miami, Florida.  This forum will explore the role of the oil and gas industry in community health and include experts from outside the industry in health, technology, and academia.  Health impacts are a very real community concern.  The issues can range from the impact of noise and emissions associated with high volume unconventional development in the US to dealing with the health issues created when an oil company brings in people to remote places with few medical professionals.  These issues can have a profound impact on pubic acceptability of our industry.  One can lead to fights over drilling bans.  The other can mean lost time for workers out sick or caring for their loved ones.  Both point to the local nature of issues in this realm.  This is not a generic issue but a very specific sustainability issue that can significantly impact projects and local perceptions.  SPE will offer its first sustainability training program at its 2015 E&P HSSE Conference—Americas in Denver, Colorado.  My priority is to instill in operations leaders that sustainability needs to be integrated into the very way they think about their projects.

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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”,