November 2017 | Volume 69, Number 11
Turning Dirty Produced Water Into Fresh Water and Salt To Sell
Antero Resources has built a huge plant to turn waste water into fresh water and salt for sale. The $275-million investment in West Virginia is the most tangible indication of how operators in the Marcellus are pushing water reuse.
Innovation Will Drive Shale Survival
How can operators and service companies go forward in a shale-dominated industry with low oil prices?
Drilling Slowdown Sparks Water Trading
When fracturing slowed last year in the Marcellus, companies holding produced water they did not need for fracturing paid other operators to take it. It provided a cheap source of fracturing water then, and in the future, water trading could reduce the high cost of shipping water.
Petroleum Industry Salaries Begin To Rise After Downturn
Petroleum salaries are showing increases again after 2 years of decline.
Operators Share Frac Schedules To Know When Wells Are at Risk
To reduce the risk of wells getting “frac hits,” Permian Basin operators around Midland created an information exchange to give them notice of nearby fracturing.
New Antifoam Additive Shows Superior Ability To Reduce Air Entrainment in Cement Slurry
Zonal isolation is a critical part of wellbore construction. To achieve zonal isolation, cement must be properly mixed before pumping downhole.
Energy Panel: Efficiency Focus Still Necessary in an Era of Transition
Despite optimism in a shift from “lower for longer” oil prices, industry executives stressed the value of maintaining efficient operating practices.
Startup Aims To Advance Rocket Fuel Technology for Fracturing
A Canadian startup company is developing a tool that uses solid rocket fuel to fracture vertical and horizontal wells without the use of water.
Permian Winning Streak Could Be Running Out
Projections of future production in the Permian Basin may came up short because new wells drilled near older ones are likely to yield less.
Total Signs Deal With Chevron for Gulf of Mexico Acreage
Total is increasing its stake in the US Gulf of Mexico after buying shares of promising prospects from Chevron.
Badrul Mohamed Jan
Researcher and Lecturer, University of Malaya
Drilling and Completion Fluids
Drilling in high-pressure/high-temperature conditions poses numerous challenges. Drilling fluid is subjected to extreme pressure and temperature, and its properties such as viscosity are affected strongly by pressure and temperature. Viscosity decreases with temperature and increases with pressure.
Senior Consultant, Dino Engineering
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2018 SPE President
Kate Baker, Past President, SPE Foundation, and Roland Moreau, Vice President Finance, SPE Board of Directors
Honoring SPE’s Heritage and Fellow SPE Members Through AIME, UEF, and AAES Awards
An overview of honors and awards SPE members are eligible for from SPE’s founder society American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), United Engineering Foundation, and American Association of Engineering Societies.
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