TOPICS OF INTEREST
Bids, Dollars Rise in Third Regionwide US Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale
ExxonMobil and Hess led the way in the most active regionwide US gulf lease sale thus far.
Diamondback Energy Spending $10.5 Billion in Permian Acreage Expansion
Diamondback is slated to become the Permian’s latest pure-play giant with its pending purchases of Energen and Ajax Resources.
Looking for a Lot More Deepwater Production? Fix Your Old Wells
BP has seen enormous payoff from a program to intervene in underperforming subsea wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
New Modeling Code Sees Deep Inside Fractures, May Change Thinking On Well Spacing
Operators are working with a young startup company to overhaul how the unconventional sector has traditionally interpreted one the most common tests used to influence well completion designs.
Now There’s Enough Pressure Pumping and Sand to Go Around
Hydraulic fracturing is now a little bit easier for US shale operators thanks to readily available horsepower and in-basin sand.
Drilling for Miles in the Marcellus: Laterals Reach New Lengths
Range Resources' drilling head talks about how the company went from drilling the shortest laterals in the Marcellus to the longest and why.
Innovative Pressure Map Offers Insights on Frac Hits
Well-interference issues can be hard to diagnose, but this startup may be figuring that out. The data-driven process it developed can also help operators come up with more effective ways to use diverters.
Odds on the World vs. Permian Fight Are Narrowing
While US onshore still holds an edge, international oil companies are finding attractive options for diversifying their portfolios, mixing onshore with offshore conventional fields, where finding and development costs are down , and the time it takes to bring them on line.
Eni Gets Development Approval for Area 1 Offshore Mexico
The Italian firm is slated to become the first international operator to produce oil from Mexican waters since energy reform took hold. The launch of early production from Area 1 is expected in first-half 2019.
Analysis of Environmental Aspects of Exploiting Unconventional Reservoirs
This paper presents an analysis of the environmental aspects of the exploitation of unconventional reservoirs in order to evaluate the risk of the activity.
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Support Marine Mining
Technologies are being developed that have the potential to support marine mining in all stages from prospection to decommissioning. These developments will likely have substantial influence in the oil and gas industry, itself searching for ways to maximize exploitation of assets.
In the Battle Against Frac Hits, Shale Producers Go to New Extremes
The rise of cube developments in the Permian Basin has introduced a new way of thinking for some of the region’s biggest players.
Better Safety Performance Measures Can Lead to Change by Improving Conversations
This paper examines the use of injury rates as a key performance indicator (KPI). It argues that, as a KPI, injury-frequency rate is no longer a valid measure.</p>
Community Engagement and Partnership for Successful E&P Operations in Bolivia
Relationships and engagement with communities in direct areas of influence is of paramount importance for successful exploration and production (E&P) operations.
Correlation Approach Predicts Viscosity of Crude-Oil Systems Offshore Norway
This paper aims to develop new and improved empirical viscosity correlations through available field measurements on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
Cybersecurity for Upstream Operations
This paper emphasizes the value gained by investing in cybersecurity for drilling, workover, and completion operations.
New Automated Work Flows Enhance Formation Evaluation
This paper bridges the gap between operational petrophysicists and FTS specialists, introducing an automated work flow by which petrophysicists can conduct FTS jobs.
Pulsed-Neutron Comparison of Open- and Casedhole Wells: An Alaskan Case Study
This paper compares the results of gas identification and lithology identification using pulsed-neutron spectroscopy in openhole and casedhole environments.
Rapid Evaluation of Development Ideas Has Engineers Thinking: What If?
A software program has evolved from predicting future well output to showing engineers the many ways their ideas could affect asset performance.
Seismic Stimulation: An Eco-Friendly, Effective EOR Alternative
Seismic stimulation, achievable with the implementation of a single tool, requires significantly lower investments than gas, thermal, and chemical injection methods, with minimal environmental impact.
Shift-Work Fatigue in the Petroleum Industry: A Proactive Countermeasure Using Light Cues
This paper presents a scientific method for reducing fatigue risks in oil and gas organizations that operate a slowly rotating shift schedule.
Strengths and Weaknesses Guide Choice of Brazilian Subsea-Development Options
The paper provides a fast-track approach to perform screening assessment of multiple subsea concepts.
Subsea-Fiber Wet-Mate Connectors Require Careful Design To Balance Cost, Performance
As the hunger for data grows, long stepouts become more common, and fiber communication becomes standard, the use of fiber in subsea oil and gas fields is set to increase.
Technical Report Lays Out Path to Zero Harm and Beyond
Getting to Zero and Beyond: The Path Forward, sets the stage for continuing the discussion across the industry of the essential steps the industry must take to sustain zero harm.
AI-Firm Ambyint’s New Bakken Deal with Equinor Moves the Industry Another Step Closer to the Edge
Hundreds of rod-lift wells in North Dakota are about to get a big upgrade.
BP To Buy US Shale Assets From BHP for $10.5 Billion
BP ends a year of speculation as to who will buy BHP Billiton’s much-coveted US unconventional business, transforming its Lower 48 portfolio in the process.
Pioneer's Analytics Project Reveals the Good and Bad of Machine Learning
A recent research effort has shown that the digital journey is full of stumbling blocks. Just like humans, advanced computing technology will get some things right and some things wrong.
Big Leaps Still to Come in Unconventional Technology
Today’s advancements in unconventional technology are worth marveling over, but there is still plenty of room for growth.
Find Out What Google and Oil and Gas Companies are Searching for in Big Data at 2018 ATCE
The company behind the world’s most popular search engine is trying to click with the upstream business at the most distinguished technical event of the year.
In the Shale Business, It’s Time for Another Revolution
The report card for unconventional oil and gas producers from a leading industry analyst is A+ for growth and F- for paying back investors.
The Price of Permian Gas Pipeline Limits
Pipeline bottlenecks have created a wide gap in the price of gas at a key pipeline hub in the Permian compared to the US benchmark level.
Equinor Invests in Two Gas-Focused Tech Startups
Venture groups spend their time evaluating hundreds of companies each year to only make a handful of investments. These two cover interesting ends of the upstream spectrum: aerial drones and downhole artificial lift.
Growth in Offshore Activity Could Lead to Recruitment Boom
The past years’ stable workforce levels in the upstream petroleum industry—balanced by increases in shale workers and decreases in offshore workers—are set to shift with a boost in offshore projects, one research firm says.
Norwegian Exploration and Development Pick Up, but More is Needed
Norway hopes for a continued rise in offshore exploration and development activity to ensure steady oil and gas production through the next decade.
Fed Reserve Bank: Higher Oil Price Needed To Increase Drilling Operations
Energy activity has shown solid expansion, but to increase drilling, companies need a higher average oil price compared to last year’s surveys, reflecting a steady increase since 2Q and 4Q in 2017. The ability to find workers and limited pipeline capacity could limit near-term growth.
ExxonMobil Awards Second Liza FPSO Contract to SBM Offshore
Scheduled for startup in 2022, the FPSO is expected to produce up to 220,000 BOPD on the development offshore Guyana. Liza is one of eight discoveries ExxonMobil has made in area.
Oil Prices Set To Rise This Year, Then Fall Back
Supply growth into next year is projected to outpace global demand, bringing markets once again into a state of relative imbalance.
UK’s Latest Licensing Round Aims for Offshore Frontiers
Just 2 months after issuing more than a hundred licenses, the Oil and Gas Authority begins the process again for a whole new set of blocks.
Chevron Prepares To Sell Central North Sea Assets
The company announced it would “initiate the process” of marketing its UK Central North Sea fields as part of a portfolio review.
Do Not Forget the Methane Leaks
Methane monitoring using improved methods is detecting more gas in the atmosphere, increasing the need for better ways to eliminate releases.
What’s Driving Oil Companies to Buy Electric Car Charging Firms?
Some of the industry's largest players are now fueling the electrification revolution, and it is only the beginning.
BP Launches Caspian’s First Subsea Development
The $28-billion Shah Deniz Phase 2 project off Azerbaijan will supply gas to Europe through the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline system.
One of the more exciting aspects of artificial lift is the constant influx of new technologies and new ideas that the discipline invites. Inventors appear to be regularly developing “the next new thing” in artificial lift.
Artificial-Sump-Pumping System Improves Production in Unconventional Oil Wells
This paper presents a comparison of conventional ESP methods and artificial-sump systems for which free gas and gas slugs are a challenge.
In my previous features, I discussed the challenges facing carbon dioxide (CO2), both technical and economic. By far the biggest use of CO2 is in enhanced oil recovery (EOR). In this feature, the focus is on overcoming the biggest challenges facing CO2 EOR—gravity override and mobility.
CO2-Foam Field Pilot Test in a Sandstone Reservoir
This paper presents an analysis of a CO2-foam-injection pilot in the Salt Creek Field, Natrona County, Wyoming.
Coalbed Methane Development in China: Challenges and Opportunities
This paper presents a literature review to determine the engineering challenges and opportunities presented by CBM production in China.
Coalbed Methane Prospects in Indonesia
This paper reviews the efforts to exploit CBM resources in Indonesia, the challenges these efforts have faced, and possible solutions that can make operations more efficient and profitable.
Effect of R Ratio on Performance of Injection-Pressure-Operated Gas-Lift Valves
This paper describes the consequences of using an assumed R ratio in a gas-lift design that is not the same as the actual R ratio of the valve.
Foaming Behavior of CO2-Soluble, Viscoelastic Surfactant
Aqueous foam has been demonstrated to have promise in conformance-control applications. This paper explores the foaming behavior of a CO2-soluble, cationic, amine-based surfactant.
Integrated CO2-Foam Pilot in a Heterogeneous Carbonate Field
A carbon-dioxide (CO2) -foam enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) pilot research program has been initiated to advance the technology of CO2 foam for mobility control in a heterogeneous carbonate reservoir.
Integrated Study Aids Characterization and Modeling of Natural-Fracture Networks
Natural fractures can have a significant effect on fluid flow by creating permeability anisotropy in hydrocarbon reservoirs.
New-Frontier Reservoirs I
Recently, a lot of discussion has revolved around the benefits of multilaterals in unconventional reservoirs, but is it truly the next breakthrough for the industry, or is it all hype?
Reservoir-Modeling Work Flow Introduces Structural Features Without Regridding
This paper proposes a novel work flow for structural-features modeling that allows the introduction of faults and other structural and nonstructural features to any simulation grid without modification.
A radical digital revolution is happening all around us (or so we are told). Applying this to reservoir simulation, we apparently need to understand better when and, more importantly, when not to use such technology—to appreciate its bounds, its limitations, its range of validity, and so on.
Rod-Pump Optimization: Big Data Helps Accelerate and Improve Operations
This paper presents how a US onshore operator took a three-step approach to optimize more than 100 rod-pump wells. The approach involved data consolidation, automated work flows, and interactive data visualization.
Saturation Modeling Under a Complex Fluid-Fill History: Drainage and Imbibition
This paper presents a saturation-modeling approach for fields and reservoirs with complex hydrocarbon-charging histories. The model resolves saturation-height functions for the primary-drainage, imbibition, and secondary-drainage equilibriums.
The UK North Sea: How To Manage an Aging Basin
A recent spike in production has engendered a cautiously optimistic outlook for the UKCS, but will it do anything to stave off the overall decline of the mature basin?
Unlocking Egypt’s Unconventional-Resource Potential
The Apollonia tight-gas chalk play is located in the Abu Gharadig Basin in the Western Desert of Egypt. This has long been ignored as a gas play in the overburden, while the Jurassic and Cretaceous oil fields deeper in the basin have been explored and developed.
Aramco, NOV To Form Saudi Onshore Drilling Joint Venture
Saudi Aramco’s aim to localize oilfield services in the kingdom is taking another step forward with an onshore drilling partnership with National Oilwell Varco.
GE To Spin Off Baker Hughes
GE announced today that it is spinning off Baker Hughes in its strategic plan for growth and shareholder value creation. It plans to focus on aviation, power, and renewable energy.
Equinor Releases Subsurface and Production Data From NCS Field
The Norwegian operator’s disclosure marks the first time all subsurface and production data from a field on the NCS will be available for public viewing.
Digital Planning and Modeling Enhances Performance of Whipstock Sidetracking System in Complex Wells
Combined with advances in whipstock and milling technologies, digital technologies are enabling operators to plan and conduct sidetracking operations with improved flexibility, precision, and efficiency.
ExxonMobil’s Eighth Discovery off Guyana Adds Another Development Possibility
Already poised to produce more than 500,000 B/D offshore Guyana, ExxonMobil added yet another discovery to its bounty in the emerging regional oil powerhouse, meaning a fourth development phase could be in order.
Is the Permian Barreling Toward a Breaking Point?
Permian oil output is growing fast, pipeline capacity is full with little relief in sight, truck drivers are in short supply, and the value of basin-produced crude is sinking. Is a drop off in activity—including drilling and production—becoming inevitable?
Equinor’s Offshore Bonanza Continues
Equinor has grabbed seven new licenses in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, the latest in a flurry of offshore activity in which the firm has added acreage off the UK and Brazil, gained approval for a big Arctic project, and awarded billions of dollars in service contracts.
Someday Soon, a Computer Will Do the Report for the Morning Meeting
When the drilling crew arrives for the morning meeting, the computer will have generated its daily operations report.
The Big Unknowns for World’s Balancing Act of Supply and Demand
Prices are up, and so is production. But a new report from BP raises important questions as to how the biggest producers will respond to shifting dynamics.
Permian Oil Production Could Soon Reach 5.4 Million B/D
A report from IHS Markit forecasts continued strong production growth in the Permian over the next 5 years despite the well-documented challenges that have recently emerged in the basin.
Old CaTS Technology Learns a New Trick
Acquiring data from an abandoned subsea well has been done before, but never quite like this.
Rising Tide of Produced Water Could Pinch Permian Growth
As oil production grows by millions of barrels in the Permian, so does the water. A report from Wood Mackenzie offers an estimate of the cost and who will be affected most.
Equinor, ExxonMobil Rack up More Brazilian Presalt Acreage
Equinor and ExxonMobil continued their aggressive pursuit of acreage offshore Brazil, collecting more blocks in the country's 4th pre-salt bid round.
Can a Computer Spot Possibilities a Team of Engineers Would Miss?
A startup company has created a system to create thousands of offshore development ideas by rapidly putting together components like building blocks, which its founders argue will force design teams to look outside their comfort zone.
Dog Food, Subs Feed Technology Development at Halliburton
Seeking out, experimenting with, and ultimately embracing technologies from other industries have proven crucial to innovating at oilfield service firms such as Halliburton, which has tried everything from dog food to submarine tech to improve its work downhole.
Advances in Dendritic Acidizing Reveal Light at the End of the Tunnel
If the papers presented at the SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition this March are anything to judge by, then coiled-tubing drilling seems to be regaining some interest in the broader market.
Coiled-Tubing Telemetry Intervention in Shut-In Conditions
When a new horizontal well in Asia was incapable of unassisted flow, coiled tubing (CT) was selected for the perforation and stimulation intervention. Mechanical isolation was required to ensure that the stimulation fluids entered only the new zones.
Engineering Approach To Designing Fluid Diverters: Jamming and Plugging
Fluids introduced into a reservoir for stimulation typically take the path of least resistance and, therefore, frequently go into areas with open flow paths. In many cases, those areas are not the targets of stimulation.
CO2 injection is a successful EOR technology that has been deployed extensively in the Permian Basin. Further expansion of CO2 EOR has been limited by the availability of affordable CO2 rather than the existence of suitable target reservoirs. This situation may be about to change.
Evidence That a Burning Oil Well Can Sometimes Be the Best Option
Well fires look all consuming, but proving they burn all the oil without leaving a spill behind required the efforts of Boots Coots plus a rocket scientist and a lot of high powered computer equipment.
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07 August 2018
07 August 2018