May 2016 | Volume 68, Number 5
Guest Editorial: Creating Value From Flared Natural Gas
Approximately 5% of world annual gas production is being flared or vented. This is equivalent to approximately 110–140 billion m3 (Bcm) of gas, and equates to the combined gas consumption of Central and South America in 2013.
Unconventional Measures For Shale Reservoirs
One of the biggest ways to lower the cost of production from shale would be to identify zones that are productive, or not, before fracturing them.
Getting a Feel for the Rock
The force required to drill through a rock is a direct test of its strength and stiffness. Developing a reliable measure of the properties of rock based on the force required to drill a long lateral is a large challenge.
DNA Sequencing: A New Diagnostic Tool for Shale Wells
For the past 2 decades, the use of DNA sequencing technology has largely been relegated to the domains of criminal forensics and the healthcare industry. One company is betting that the shale industry soon will join that list.
Grinding Out Big Data From Tiny Samples
A company known for being a pioneer in methods built on imaging ultratight rock at the core level has built a business testing drilling cuttings to help identify productive, fracturable rock to help operators design better completions.
Mapping Fracturing With Pressure Change
A service using pressure data from a few nearby unconventional wells to map fracturing will soon be for sale.
Pressure Test for E&P Innovation
Low prices require doing things differently. It is a hopeful sign for the future for innovators who have been struggling to keep going and have potential customers with little to spend and a lot to worry about.
Seismic Shifts in Oklahoma Lead to Stricter Regulations
Industry regulators in Oklahoma have rolled out broad new restrictions on more than 600 disposal wells as part of the largest action of its kind taken in response to earthquakes.
OTC Asia Highlights Industry Achievements
More than 15,000 energy professionals representing 2,500 organizations and 60 countries gathered from 21 to 25 March in Kuala Lumpur for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Asia.
Mature Flood Surveillance Using Streamlines
With the recent drop in oil prices, operators are shifting to optimization of existing assets with minimal costs. For mature floods (water, chemical, and CO2), one low-cost optimization strategy is the intelligent adjustment of well-rate targets.
In Memoriam: Edgar Rangel-German
01 May 2016
Edgar Rangel-German, SPE, commissioner of Mexico’s regulatory agency National Hydrocarbons Commissio.......Read More
In Memoriam: Hubert (Hugh) L. Elkins
01 May 2016
Hubert (Hugh) L. Elkins, an industry pioneer in offshore drilling equipment and technologies, died 1.......Read More
01 May 2016
Robert Terrell, SPE, has been appointed regional manager at Aquatic Engineering and Construction and.......Read More
Robert J. Brewer
01 May 2016
Robert J. Brewer, SPE, has been appointed president of Cepstrum Geophysical, based in Houston. He is.......Read More
Drilling Down On Particle Size Analyzers
Automated particle-size analyzers are something you will not see on most drilling rigs, but some think this outside-the-oil-field technology will play a big role in the future of the drilling sector.
Simplification Key To Delivering Efficient Projects in Low-Oil-Price Climate
To survive in the current low-price environment, exploration and production (E&P) companies must better handle the complexities inherent in their projects through practices that promote capital effectiveness and collaboration.
Well Integrity Section Head, BG
Principal Production Engineer, Shell
Bernt S. Aadnoy
Professor of Petroleum EngineeringUniversity of Stavanger
Standards and Knowledge Development Manager, Schlumberger
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2016 SPE President
Hope Is Not a Strategy … But Without Hope, There Is No Strategy
A great benefit of being the SPE president is the chance to interact with students and young professionals around the world. Many are anxious about the future. I have been asked if this is the worst time ever in the oil business, a question that made me smile.
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