December 2015 | Volume 67, Number 12
Subsea Condition Monitoring: Does Effective Diagnosis Increase Availability?
The challenges encountered in deepwater development have led to the use of increasingly complex subsea systems. Consequently, operators have become more reliant on subsea monitoring equipment and instrumentation to provide field information for understanding production and equipment conditions.
20 November 2015 |
Treating Produced Water With Understanding
Produced water has become the largest byproduct in the oil and gas industry. Treatment and disposal or reuse of this byproduct requires a good understanding of conditions and options to devise the optimal strategy.
Upstream Opportunities in North Africa Depend on Advanced Technical Knowledge
The SPE North Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition held in Cairo in September highlighted the upstream sector with a focus on Egypt and the opportunities offered in the region, despite its economic hardships and geopolitical risks.
Drilling Wells Ever Faster May Not Be the Measure of Success
The standard for progress in shale development has been the drastic reduction in the number of days needed to drill a well, from more than 20 to less than 5 in some unconventional plays. But some question whether it has become a misleading metric for an industry needing more productive wells.
The Search for Measures of Drilling Imperfection
The only wells that are straight or follow a smooth curve are in the pictures in well plans. Real wellbores are shaped by the mechanics of directional drilling tools, the skills and attention of drillers, the force of gravity, and the path followed by hydrocarbon-rich seams of rock.
Improving Shale Production Through Flowback Analysis
Most shale producers in North America have given little thought to the flowback stage following hydraulic fracturing. Others have come to realize it represents a valuable opportunity to learn more about their wells.
Salty Flowback Research May Explain Fluid Movement in Shale
An area of great interest to those researching flowback is the interaction of water and salt inside the shale reservoir. After a well is stimulated, the flowback fluids tend to show a rising concentration of salt that falls back to near zero over time.
Letting It Soak In: Delaying Flowback Delivers Unique Results
On the far end of the flowback spectrum is a completion process called soakback. If the well has to be shut in until takeaway capacity is available, the completion fluids soak into the shale rock. Flowback analysis can help understand what happens in the formation.
Following Flowback With Chemical Tracers
Rising demand for flowback technologies to reduce uncertainties is leading to the creation of more hydrocarbon and water tracers. These chemical-based tracers may play an important role in the shale industry’s effort to come up with more cost-effective fracture designs.
13 Nov 2015
The Baker Hughes DeclineShift solution for mature assets is designed to help operators get the most ...
Production and Reservoir-Management System
09 Nov 2015
Schlumberger, in collaboration with Saudi Aramco, has developed a new completion system that provide ...
Production-Optimization Consulting Service
07 Nov 2015
Weatherford introduced its production-optimization consulting services. The consultants are in-house ...
Magnetic Resonance-While-Drilling System Improves Understanding of Complex Reservoirs
Reservoirs consisting of heterogeneous carbonates and shaly sands pose formation evaluation challenges for conventional logging-while-drilling (LWD) measurements. Magnetic resonance techniques hold promise for improving understanding of these reservoirs.
25 November 2015
Matt McIntosh, SPE, has been appointed a key account manager at Greene’s Energy Group. In his new ro.......Read More
23 November 2015
Lee A. Adams Jr., Houston, Texas, USA S.C. (Sam) Berry, The Woodlands, Texas, USA Tommy D. Bolin, Ka.......Read More
19 November 2015
Mike Bowman, SPE, was appointed the chair of the petroleum engineering program at Texas A&M Univ.......Read More
18 November 2015
Nishant Dighe, SPE, departed from his position as Panoro Energy’s president and chief operating offi.......Read More
Air Gun Inventor Creates A Lower Pressure Option
More than 50 years after inventing the air gun, Stephen Chelminski is working on a new version of the industry standard designed to be more in tune with the current needs of the industry and its regulators.
Drilling Competition Offers Real-World Skills Challenge
Vimlesh Bavadiya is leading a team of engineering students at the University of Oklahoma (OU) to repeat its victory in SPE’s Drillbotics competition next year.
Statistics Point to Water Injection as Cause of Earthquakes, But Understanding Why Remains a Geological Puzzle
A surge in earthquakes tightly clustered in southern Kansas that followed the large increase in produced water injections prompted the state to cut the daily limits on disposal wells in that area to see if that will help solve the problem.
Study Finds Surface Spills a Higher Risk to Groundwater Than Fracturing
Researchers at Yale University who analyzed groundwater wells in the Marcellus Shale area have determined that hydraulic fracturing is highly unlikely to be a direct source of contamination.
From Air to Sea: Introducing Crew Resource Management to the Offshore Industry
Despite a number of recent and high-profile jetliner crashes, commercial aviation has entered into a new era of safety. There is a lot the oil and gas industry can learn from their success.
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Qatar Petroleum awarded a contract to McDermott International for the engineering, procurement, cons ...
21 Dec 2015
Siemens has signed a long-term agreement with gas company Dolphin Energy to support its Dolphin gas ...
Technip USA and 3D at Depth
21 Dec 2015
Technip USA and 3D at Depth have signed a joint development agreement to expand and commercialize th ...
21 Dec 2015
Petsec Energy has completed the acquisition of the participating interests of Mitsui E&P Middle ...
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