February 2017 | Volume 69, Number 2
The Looming Market for Abandonment and Decommissioning
As the boom of the 1970s and 1980s makes way for the first tranche of major decommissioning projects, the market for abandonment and decommissioning has grown over the past 5 years. To deliver these projects in a safe and economic way, decommissioning needs to be accepted as a serious challenge.
New Permian Oil Play Requires Pumping and Persistence
A new play in the Permian Basin is unconventional in an unexpected way: there is a small group of independents producing from a watery formation where oil production begins after they have pumped only water for weeks.
Rebound To Test If Cost Cuts Will Last
As drilling activity rises, the demand for all that is needed to complete wells rises even faster. The wells are bigger, and more water and sand are used for each foot stimulated.
Looking Up, But Still Tough Outlook Brightens for Unconventional Oil
US drilling and completion companies that were slashing workforces and cannibalizing pumping trucks for parts 6 months ago are now hiring crews and repairing equipment to meet rising demand.
New Study: US Shale Productivity Will Offset Rising Service Costs
Though crude prices are rising, US shale producers face questions over whether their improving oil production results and cost efficiencies will last as increasing drilling activity drives demand for oilfield services.
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Retrofitting MPD Systems to Deepwater Rigs Aids Drilling, Efficiency, and Process Safety
The unique properties of deepwater formations pose significant challenges to the capabilities of conventional drilling rigs. Using automated drilling equipment, including MPD, efficiency and cost savings can accompany safety.
01 February 2017
This section lists with regret SPE members who recently passed away. If you would like to report the.......Read More
Sam (Yinglin) Xu
01 February 2017
Sam (Yinglin) Xu, SPE, is recognized in Forbes’ 2017 list of 30 Under 30 in Energy. Xu is the head o.......Read More
William B. Barker
01 February 2017
William B. Barker, SPE, was appointed vice president of analysis at MicroSeismic and will be respons.......Read More
James (Jimmy) Smith
30 January 2017
James (Jimmy) Smith, SPE, was appointed to the board of directors at Wavefront Technology Solutions........Read More
27 January 2017
Derrick O’Keeffe, SPE, was appointed head of division for safety and integrity at the National Offsh.......Read More
Curtis W. Mewbourne
22 January 2017
Curtis W. Mewbourne, SPE, was inducted into the Petroleum Hall of Fame by The Permian Basin Petroleu.......Read More
Commercial GTL Project Opens in Southeast Texas
Infra Technology, a company specializing in the development of synthetic fuels from natural gas, coal, and biomass, opened the first completed small-scale commercial gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in the state of Texas.
Energy Policy Uncertain in the Wake of Brexit Referendum
With an uncertain future spawning from the Brexit referendum, the British government is seeking to maintain as much consistency in its energy policy as possible.
Four Misconceptions That Lead To Drilling Automation Failure
Drilling automation is one of the most promising emerging technologies that the oil and gas industry has to look forward to. The potential benefits span the spectrum from health and safety to lower costs and repeatable well results.
Petroleum Engineering Schools Begin To See Enrollment Declines
Enrollment in US petroleum engineering programs have peaked and are on the downslide, matching the short-lived surge in the 1980s, when a generation of engineers were graduated.
Michael H. Weatherl
Engineering Consultant and President, Well Integrity
Drilling Technology and Rigs
Sustaining innovation and well performance during economic downcycles is a hot topic right now. However, the severity of this downturn has resulted in an unprecedented purging of existing paradigms. In this context, it is important to reveal and highlight new initiatives and success stories.
Angel G. Guzmán-Garcia
Continued enthusiasm in the well-testing segment of the oil industry is apparent. Even though there was a smaller number of presentations among various conferences related to well testing in 2016, there are articles that contribute significantly for the experts and the upcoming generation.
Leading Adviser, Well Productivity and Stimulation, Statoil
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