TOPICS OF INTEREST
Data and Digital Hold E&P’s Future, Says New Century CEO
Leveraging data to drive the best technology solutions and inform business strategy is the route to future industry success, says a US independent’s top executive.
These Are the Forks in the Road to Drilling Automation
Along its journey to full-automation, the US drilling sector is facing a series of important crossroads that will determine what the so-called “rig of the future” really will be.
Frac Sand Demand Expected To Exceed Peak 2014 Levels
Increasing lateral lengths, stage counts, and proppant intensity levels are contributing to a bullish outlook on frac sand demand.
Permian Production Boom to Continue, Says Laredo CEO
Industry efficiency gains in the Permian Basin are “very pivotal and we’re not done. We’re still making improvements,” says Laredo Petroleum’s Randy Foutch.
Want To Make Deepwater More Profitable? Shell Says Listen to the Facility Staff
One of the oldest deepwater platforms in the Gulf of Mexico has become a profit-leader for the oil major during this downturn and is now a model for the company’s other floating assets.
Industry Not Yet Using Digital for Disruptive Change
Panelists at the Offshore Technology Conference largely doubted that the oil and gas industry is making full use of digital technology for fundamental transformation.
OTC: Low-Price Environment Affects Safety
The new economic environment known as “lower for longer” has had no small effect on offshore safety, said a panel of experts at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference.
OTC: Competitive Strategies Bring Projects to FID
Companies are rethinking offshore developments and in a very tough market are finding innovative ways of bringing some projects forward.
For Pemex, Partnerships and Profitability Are The New Focus
The new CEO of Pemex outlined his plan to reverse the state-owned company’s struggling financial and production situation.
OTC: Private Equity Firms Have Billions But Remain Cautious
While the current oil prices may not generate the cash flow needed to pay for offshore projects using traditional financial options, private equity may be the best alternative for operators.
Zinke Pushes for Review of Interior and Regulations at OTC
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke praised America’s resource potential and regulatory framework at OTC. He also laid out his plan to review the department and signed two secretarial orders.
OTC: To Compete With Shale, Deepwater Must Think Like Shale
The quick turnaround times and low-risk nature of shale developments need to be replicated in the deepwater business, according to the CEO of Murphy Oil.
Disappearing Downhole Tools Eliminate Need for Intervention
Development of a new polymer composite that degrades via hydrolysis in hot water or brine holds potential for use in structural applications for intervention-less downhole tools.
OTC: Brazil Energy Reforms Yield Big Lease Sales and Questions
Brazil is embarking on a 3-year round of bid sales offering international oil companies multibillion barrel prospects with better contract terms.
OTC: Moho Nord Startup Marks Milestone for Congo
Innovations characterize the deepwater Moho Nord field development, recently brought on stream by Total in the Republic of Congo, and the project creates significant value for the country.
Investigating the Benefits of Rotating-Liner Cementing and Impact Factors
This paper discusses an expandable-liner-hanger (ELH) system that provides liner rotation during the liner deployment and the cementing operation while providing a hydraulically energized liner-top seal upon setting.
Real-Time Monitoring of Piezoresistive Smart Cement To Verify Operations
A field well was designed, built, and used to demonstrate the concept of real-time monitoring of the flow of drilling mud and smart cement and the hardening of the cement in place.
Despite cement’s remarkable properties, the search continues for enhancements in the areas of cost and isolation performance. Efficiencies and enhancements have been explored even to the point of replacing cement with other materials.
Cointerpretation of Distributed Acoustic and Temperature Sensing for Inflow Profiling
With the availability of more-complex smart-well instrumentation, immediate evaluation of the well response is possible as changes in the reservoir or well occur.
A Methodology for Multilateral-Well Optimization
Multilateral wells with smart completions controlled by different flow-control technologies offer great operational flexibility, with each lateral able to be operated and optimized independently.
Overcoming Challenges and Optimizing Liner Deployment in Long Laterals
A North Sea field development included installation of long 4½-in. completion liners in the horizontal reservoir sections of each well. To minimize overall risk, the operator planned to use managed-pressure drilling (MPD).
Sustainable Building Blocks for Cost-Effective Deepwater-Field Development
This paper reviews clusters of information that will be termed “building blocks” for deepwater-field-development planning, discussing how they are currently used and exploring more-affordable, but technically robust, alternatives.
Workforce Education Key To Understanding Drilling Data
An industry expert said that workforce education will be critical to helping companies adapt to a changing data landscape and optimize their operations.
Decommissioning and Footprint Reduction
When companies are rewarded for short-term performance, there is little incentive to deal with long-term risks such as decommissioning. It’s so much easier to leave it for the future; but increasingly, that future is now.
Cement Placement With Tubing Left in Hole During Plug-and-Abandonment Operations
This paper presents full-scale tests that show it is possible to obtain good cement placement when the tubing is left in the hole.
Next-Generation High-Torque Connection for Extended-Reach Wells
This paper demonstrates how the latest generation of connections has been tested and validated to extreme loads before being installed in the wellbore.
Conductor Anchor Node Optimizes Efficiency of Riserless Deepwater Exploration Drilling
The conductor anchor node (CAN) technology was introduced as part of the architecture for Centrica’s Ivory deepwater exploration well in the Norwegian Sea to optimize efficient operations for the well’s riserless section.
Deepwater-Structure-Installation Challenges Offshore Australia
This paper provides an insight into the challenges encountered and overcome during installation of 20 subsea structures, some close to 1000 t in weight and in water depths of up to 1350 m, for the Gorgon project offshore Western Australia.
Optimism and Activity Rising in the Vaca Muerta
Shale explorers in Argentina are reporting that improving performance and activity is set to rise this year to boost the country’s gas production.
Efficient Optimization Strategies for Developing Intelligent-Well Business Cases
The complete paper evaluates optimization techniques to develop, or support, business cases for intelligent or smart wells.
Are You Ready for the Oilfield Recovery?
Companies need effective talent acquisition and retention programs to succeed in the pending economic recovery.
Intelligent Fields Technology
The most-competitive emerging systems blend artificial intelligence to bring better efficiency to the human work that results in good business decisions. As a result, we waste less time and fewer resources finding and manipulating data and focus more on complex engineering judgment.
Russia’s Push for Oil and Gas Growth Stunted by Oversupplied Markets
Russia’s need to continue expanding the oil and gas business is pushing it to look east for more production and markets. But everywhere it turns there is stiff competition in a world awash in oil and gas.
The need to offset declining production from mature basins, as well as the ability of international oil companies to access larger reserves with the use of new exploration-and-production technology, will continue to drive deepwater expenditure.
Pseudodensity Log Generation by Use of Artificial Neural Networks
This paper will describe how one integrates a comprehensive methodology of data-mining techniques and artificial neural networks (ANNs) in reservoir-petrophysical-properties prediction and regeneration.
Deepwater Hydraulic Well Intervention: A Creative Hybrid Solution
This technical paper describes the planning and execution of a multiservice-vessel (MSV) -based hydraulic-intervention campaign in Chevron’s Tahiti field in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Argentine President Macri Visits With US Oil and Gas Industry, Asks For More Investment
Argentina President Mauricio Macri visited with oil and gas companies in Houston to emphasize that his country’s reforms are making it increasingly attractive for upstream investing.
Analytical Model Developed To Study Fracture Initiation Near Wellbore
An advisor at Schlumberger discusses the company’s work in examining the effect of perforations on hydraulic fracture initiation.
Industry Perspectives Vary on Implementing Effective Social Performance
Social responsibility has become a common term but what defines “social performance?” In a globalized economy, with multinational corporate and state actors having a more immediate effect on individual lives than ever before, social performance initiatives should not be viewed as an expendable cost.
Multidiscipline Method To Optimize Shale Laterals Can Boost Production vs. Geometric Completions
Optimizing laterals by integrating data from many sources to address reservoir variability and structural challenges can increase shale well productivity.
Major Alaskan Discoveries Promote Great Expectations
Three major finds have shattered assumptions about what is possible in the most explored parts of Alaska’s North Slope.
With New Advance, Natural Gas Filtering Technology Moves Closer to Commercial Reality
A new material under development is highly effective at sieving carbon dioxide from natural gas streams and is also cheap and easy to make, according to researchers.
Panel Examines Methane Regulations and Opportunities
Three experts from different sectors discussed the challenge of methane and regulation at the first panel session of the 2017 SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Conference–North America in New Orleans.
How To Plan For Meaningful New Technology Pilot Tests
When technology startups and oil and gas companies finally agree to run a pilot test, there are a few things both sides of the table should know before they move forward.
Integrated Software Tool Brings Speed, Reliability to Reservoir Modeling on Barents Sea Project
A fast, integrated reservoir modeling tool used by Eni at Norway’s Goliat field generated an ensemble of models that helped confirm the location of previously identified infill drilling targets and identify several new infill locations.
OTC 2017: Where to Find the Best Networking Opportunities and Emerging Technologies
Before you head to OTC 2017, make plans for the event’s best opportunities for professional networking and to learn about the array of new technologies pushing their way into the business.
US Gulf of Mexico Hits Record Production
New figures show that the facilities working in the Gulf of Mexico achieved higher crude output in 2016 than at any other period.
Val Verde Basin Woodford Project Holds Strong Potential With a Barnett Bonus
Kerogen Exploration is excited about the Vista Grande project, a Woodford Shale play in a west-Texas Permian sub-basin that offers further targets lying above in the Barnett Shale.
Schlumberger: New Automated Hydraulic Fracturing Tech Trims Time and Workforce Requirements
A new spread of stimulation equipment from the world’s largest service company demonstrates the latest significant step to creating a more automated oilfield.
Drilling Costs Flirt with Break Even
Aggressive drilling growth in the Permian and other shale plays belies the cost of those wells, which in many cases are in the red.
Squeeze Treatments Combat Scale Deposition
At the 2017 SPE Oilfield Chemistry Conference, an assistant professor from Heriot-Watt University discusses the optimization of squeeze treatments delivered by diving support vessels.
Foamer Developed To Help Corrosion, Scale Inhibition
A look at the challenges in creating a foamer with corrosion and scale inhibition properties for application in wet-gas production.
University Consortium Prepares for Spike in Decommissioning
A new university-led consortium aims to bring together industry and academia to help operators efficiently orchestrate the final days of deepwater developments.
RFID Technology for Deepwater Drilling and Completions Challenges
Deepwater operators continually face technical and environmental challenges to drilling and completing wells safely and efficiently.
Interventionless Reservoir-Isolation Valve Removes Need for Intermediate Completion
This paper focuses on the application of radio-frequency-identification technology to enable an operator to eliminate an intervention run (or intermediate liner) for a 10,000-ft reservoir section.
Offshore Drilling and Completion
The industry has developed a deep and healthy respect for systems-engineering processes and the associated full considerations during the deployment of new technologies. The result has been a significant improvement in the successful use and broader deployment of these attractive technologies.
Adjustable, Supramolecular Viscosity Modifiers as Displacement Fluids in EOR
We report a novel type of viscosity modifier relying on the supramolecular assemblies that have pH-adjustable viscosities and robust tolerance against high temperatures and salinities, and are resistant to shear-induced degradation.
A New Distillation Process for the Upgrading of Acid Gas
In this work, the potential of a new low-temperature distillation process for natural-gas sweetening has been investigated.
New Steel Plate for Liquefied-Natural-Gas Storage Tank
A new steel plate for LNG storage tanks has been developed by optimizing chemical composition and applying recent thermomechanical-control-process (TMCP) technology.
Fiber-Optic Leak-Detection Project
This paper discusses the objectives of the Fiber-Optic Leak-Detection (FOLD) project, carried out in Verneuil-en-Halatte, France.
Natural Gas Processing and Handling
Natural gas had a bullish year in 2016 as the average Henry Hub spot price jumped from USD 2.28/million Btu in January to USD 3.59/million Btu in December, according to the Energy Information Administration. It also positively forecast that the gas price will rise to USD 3.67/million Btu in 2017.
Integrated Approach for Overpressure Prediction in an HP/HT Well Offshore Malaysia
Pore-pressure prediction plays an important role in well planning as exploration targets shift to deeper, overpressured reservoirs.
Application of MPD Technology for HP/HT Wells in Vietnam
One common issue among operators in determining whether to install a managed-pressure-drilling (MPD) system for a campaign is the significant upfront cost.
First Expandable Liner-Hanger Installation in UAE in an HP/HT Well
This paper discusses the planning and deployment of an expandable-liner-hanger (ELH) system in an offshore high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) well for the first time in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Instead of selecting papers that were dedicated to material selection, I considered works that concentrated upon best practices and recently developed technologies that make operations in these difficult environments more efficient and far safer for crews and for the environment itself.
Joining Forces for Sustainable Communities
Global, multinational companies often make commitments for local infrastructure as a condition to do business in host countries.
Airborne Dust Limits Finalized for Sand Use in Hydraulic Fracturing
A closer look at technological and mechanical solutions being developed to limit exposure to respirable silica dust during hydraulic fracturing operations in the wake of US government regulations.
Oil and Gas Producers Find Frac Hits in Shale Wells a Major Challenge
In North America’s most active shale fields, the drilling and hydraulic fracturing of new wells is directly placing older adjacent wells at risk of suffering a premature decline in oil and gas production.
Uncertainty Quantification for History-Matching Problems
This paper presents a novel approach to generate approximate conditional realizations using the distributed Gauss-Newton (DGN) method together with a multiple local Gaussian approximation technique.
Field-Scale Assisted History Matching Using a Systematic Ensemble Kalman Smoother
This work presents a systematic and rigorous approach of reservoir decomposition combined with the ensemble Kalman smoother to overcome the complexity and computational burden associated with history matching field-scale reservoirs in the Middle East.
Drill and Learn: A Decision-Making Work Flow To Quantify Value of Learning
This paper presents a comparison of existing work flows and introduces a practically driven approach, referred to as “drill and learn,” using elements and concepts from existing work flows to quantify the value of learning (VOL).
Times are so Tough in the Oil Sands, Companies May Have To Collaborate
Things are so tough in the Canadian oil sands that competitors are considering whether to start sharing some of what they know about producing more and doing it for less. Collaboration should speed progress for everyone, but companies with something to give are looking for something in return.
The Future of the Oil Sands Depends on One Thing: Totally Rethinking Everything
Oil production from the Canadian oil sands is big, growing, and its future is in doubt. The problem is the cost and time required to develop new production is not competitive now. While some big international oil companies are selling out, others are focused on changing the economics of growth.
New Study: US Shale Rebound Strengthened By Dealmaking
A Houston-based energy consultancy concludes that a series of downturn deals have contributed more to the resiliency of the US shale sector than a rise in oil prices.
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden To Speak at SPE Offshore Europe 2017
Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is to speak at the opening plenary session at SPE Offshore Europe 2017, which is being held in Aberdeen from 5–8 September.
Nanotechnology Could See Big Future in Water Cleanup
Nanoparticle catalysts could play a major role in cleaning contaminated water for upstream oil and gas and other industries, says Michael Wong, chair of Rice University’s chemical and biomolecular engineering department.
India Asks Big Oil Companies "Where Do You Want to Drill?"
India will test whether it can reach its ambitious goal of reducing oil and gas imports by 10% by 2022 with an upcoming auction of oil properties.
Dynamic-Positioning Software Allows Improved Maneuverability for Marine Vessels
As the number of tankers on the open sea remains high, a new motion-prediction software aims to increase vessel safety.
Digital Image Correlation: A New Way To Look at Hydraulic Fracturing
Technology that allows researchers to see stress forming inside rock samples may help unravel some of the mysteries associated with fracture behavior.
Momentum Gathers for Austin Chalk Revival
The Austin Chalk play could go through a revival if the industry can view the formation through “a fresh set of eyes,” says EnerVest’s Tony Maranto.
17 May 2017