New-Frontier Reservoirs I
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According to a poll of leaders with more than 220 years of collective experience (see JPT online for names), the top theme to have affected our industry in the past 2 years is
- Fracture-Stimulation Optimization—Given the high cost, fracture design has gained its fair share of scrutiny in the downturn. The results of statistical production analysis have varied by play. Fluid types and chemical additives have been removed or modified. Alternative proppants have been evaluated and, in some cases, trialed successfully outside their previously specified safe-performance ranges. Nothing is sacred.
The top theme to affect our industry in the next 2 years is predicted to be
- Intelligent Operations—The industry is moving toward increasing the level of automation in all activities. All areas from exploration to shipping will be touched by these technologies. This includes drones for safer, demanned operations as well as robotics on drilling rigs. The other key area of automation is predictive analytics, which allows us to analyze multivariant problems like never before. Fracture-design optimization, drilling analytics to improve rate of penetration, and optimized operator vehicle routing for field-staff and plant optimization are just a few areas that will be transformed.
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This Month's Technical Papers
Recommended Additional Reading
SPE 182230 Issues and Challenges With Controlling Large Drawdown in the First Offshore Methane-Hydrate Production Test by S. Sakurai, Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation, et al.
SPE 180399 Petrophysical Evaluation of Natural-Gas Hydrates—North Slope, Alaska by Douglas Hupp, Schlumberger, et al.
SPE 180818 Proppant Management: A New Challenge To Develop Unconventional Reservoirs in Argentina by J.C. Bonapace, Halliburton
New-Frontier Reservoirs I
Simon Chipperfield, SPE, Chief Production Engineer, Santos
01 July 2017
BP and Startup Beyond Limits Try To Prove That Cognitive AI Is Ready for Oil and Gas
BP has invested more than $100 million into nine different startup companies in the past 2 years—but only one of them wants to turn your brain into a piece of its software.
Knudsen-Like Scaling May Be Inappropriate for Gas Shales
The author writes that the generally accepted Knudsen diffusion in shales is based on a mistranslation of the flow physics and may give theoretically unsound predictions of the increased permeability of shales to gas flow.
Equinor To Employ Permanent Reservoir Monitoring at Arctic, North Sea Fields
The technology will provide Equinor a continual feed of updated reservoir information from its Johan Castberg and Johan Sverdrup fields with the aim of improving well placement, production, injection, and—ultimately—recovery.
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