SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Web Events

Web Event: Growing Energy Challenges

Hear a web event on “Proposed Technologies to Address E&P’s Growing Energy Challenges” on 8 September. The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges to meet the world’s fast-growing energy needs and we don’t have all the answers. To address these situations, SPE held a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our challenges. This webinar will feature the three winning projects that address these challenges. The featured speakers will be Vaihab Bahadur (first place) and Omar Laghrouche (third place).

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Web Event: Global Communication Strategies

Join a web event on “Strategies for Global Communication in the Oil and Gas Industry” presented by Lori Dalrymple on 3 September. As companies expand across the globe, challenges to communications grow as well. To work effectively with others from different cultures, the first step is to recognize and understand differences, then deal sensitively with people from other backgrounds. This presentation will teach effective strategies for global communication in the industry.

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Web Event: Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations

Hear a web event on “Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations in Horizontal Well Completions” presented by Jennifer Miskimins on 9 September. Far-field complexity is consistently a chief discussion point in horizontal well completions. The majority of this discussion is driven by microseismic measurements that frequently show large “stimulated reservoir volumes” with events that extend in multiple directions and large distances away from the wellbore. This webinar will discuss the impacts and considerations that should be made when designing stimulation treatments in horizontal wells under various conditions.

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Web Event: How to Present Your Paper

In an effort to assist authors in their paper presentations at conferences, SPE is offering the Web Event “How to Present Your Paper” with member and host Byron Haynes,  Jr., P.E. Byron will take the author from preparation to delivery within the presentation process and will field questions from participants following the Web Event.


Book Review: “Chemistry for Enhancing the Production of Oil and Gas”

“Chemistry for Enhancing the Production of Oil and Gas” by Wayne Frenier & Murtaza Ziauddin

Production Chemistry — keeping the world’s hydrocarbon life lines flowing through underground chemical reactions. Chemistry plays a critical role in every stage of a well’s life, from exploration (discover) to appraisal (define) to development (develop) to production (deplete) to abandonment (dispose). This book focuses on the application of various chemicals during the production phase in order to maintain, control, and enhance the flow of oil, gas, and water. Chemical intervention and enhancement in the production oilfield environment includes the entire production field — from the injection wells, the producing formation, and the near wellbore area all the way up through the subsurface tubulars and devices, flowlines and gathering lines, and wellsite surface equipment.

From this book, you will gain an improved understanding of the role of chemical reactions for enhancing and maintaining the production of oil and gas. Besides referencing resources describing production chemicals and previous reviews of their application in acid and hydraulic prop stimulation, this book examines many new applications on the market since 2000 and provides new mechanistic information. Topics covered include the following:

• Introduction – reasons for chemical intervention and types of chemicals used
• Formation Stimulation With Reactive Chemicals
• Propped Fracturing Chemistry and Applications
• Improved Oil Recovery Chemical Applications
• Health, Ecology, and Safe Handling of Treating Chemicals and Produced Fluids

For complete details, go to the SPE Bookstore: Chemistry for Enhancing the Production of Oil and Gas.


SPE Forum: Enhanced Oil Recovery – The Future Is Now!

“Easy oil” is gone!  The recovery challenge grows as the industry moves towards producing from increasingly more difficult reservoirs. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) has reached new levels of technology.  And improved oil recovery (IOR) has made significant advances. Yet, current recovery processes and their applications still have serious technical, resource, and commercial hurdles.  Surmounting these hurdles and pushing recovery to higher levels requires a new mindset – innovative solutions now and into the future.

SPE will conduct a forum 18-23 October 2015 in Cancun, Mexico to discuss methods to accelerate new technologies deployment, explore smart integration of disciplines and professions, and examine ways to make EOR standard in the field development cycle.  All with a view to developing a new culture focusing on recovery from the beginning.

Forum participants from all corners of the oil industry, government, and academia will address such challenges as:

  • Reservoir characterization issues
  • Emerging technologies & new developments
  • Improving research-to-field cycle of EOR projects
  • Modeling phase behavior
  • Non-conventional reservoir development
  • Successful EOR implementation
  • Effective monitoring and control

Application deadline is Friday, 31 July!  For full details:  SPE Enhanced Oil Recovery – The Future is Now!


Director’s Note: Mark Your Calendar for “Getting to Zero”

Greetings! Please make plans to attend our upcoming SPE HSSE-SR Study Group Meeting on 30 June at the Petroleum Club of Houston. We are pleased to host Jack Hinton, Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) for Baker Hughes, and John Karish, Corporate Director of Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) for Ensco plc, who will be discussing “Getting to Zero,” the journey to achieve zero workplace incidents. This event is the first in a series culminating in the “Getting to Zero” workshop at the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Please circulate this invitation to your personal network and mark your calendar to join us on 30 June.

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Web Event: Crew Resource Management – Rescheduled for 2 September

Listen to a web event on “Human Factors/Crew Resource Management: Perspectives for Inputs to Risk Management Framework” presented by Phil Grossweiler on 2 September. Oil and gas industry interest in applying human factors concepts in managing risk has grown significantly since the Macondo spill. The range of literature, industry studies, workshops, and presentations covering human factors (HF) topics is extensive. Crew resource management (CRM) is one of the elements of human factors also getting a lot of recent attention. This presentation will discuss and suggest several key takeaways — potential “low-hanging fruit” where human factors and CRM can help manage enterprise risk.