TOPICS OF INTEREST
Mexico’s Giant Zama Discovery Gets New Interest Owner
DEA Deutsche Erdoel is buying Sierra Oil & Gas, giving the German operator stakes in six new blocks off Mexico—including the Zama discovery, where appraisal drilling is now under way.
ExxonMobil Makes 10th Discovery Off Guyana, Lifts Resource Estimate by Another Billion Barrels
The Pluma-1 discovery could turn the southeast portion of Stabroek Block off Guyana "into a major new development area," the company says.
Rock-Strength Analysis and Integrated FEA Modeling Optimize Bit Selection
Using log data from offset wells, a bit-selection software based on unconfined compressive strength (UCMPS) calculations has been used to optimize the bit selection for Well X.
Real-Time Data Analytics Allows for Bit-Wear Monitoring and Prediction
Severe bit damage is an issue in West Texas land drilling because of abrasive sand formation and interbedded hard stringers.
Bit Technology and Bottomhole Assemblies
Recent research shows that, in addition to hardness, other rock properties, such as lithology types, heterogeneity, and abrasiveness, have equal importance in bit evaluations. Consequently, the discussion must move from rock-strength analysis to rock-drillability analysis.
Permian Pulse: Using Satellite Imagery Analytics To Track the World’s Busiest Oil Play
Companies are bringing satellite monitoring to the unconventional oilfield—namely the Permian Basin—where they are training machine learning models to track and predict drilling and completions work.
Refined Business, Software Platforms Drive Helmerich & Payne’s Drilling Evolution
Helmerich & Payne’s first 100 years have required constant reinvention. Now the company hopes its new drilling software platform built on the acquisitions of two startups will propel it through the next century.
Setback Rule Defeated in Colorado, But Industry There Remains Threatened
Colorado voters soundly defeated a measure 6 November that would have restricted the vast majority of new development in the country’s fifth largest oil-producing state. The outcome was a big relief for the oil and gas industry, but its existential fight in the state hasn’t ended.
Can Machine Learning Mitigate Frac Hits?
BHGE is developing an analytics and machine-learning approach that offers descriptive and predictive insights on frac hits, with the aim of eventually offering a real-time monitoring capability to be deployed during frac jobs.
Schlumberger and Halliburton Warm on Global Market, Cooler on US Shale
The two biggest oilfield services providers are enjoying a rebound in international activity but continue to struggle with a softening US shale completions market. While takeaway constraints will be temporary, steep shale production declines may emerge as a longer-term challenge.
BHGE To Buy Stake in ADNOC Drilling as Firms Form UAE Partnership
The union marks the first time an international company has taken a direct equity stake in one of ADNOC’s service companies. BHGE will expand its presence in UAE, while ADNOC will gain access to BHGE technological expertise and proprietary equipment.
It May Be Boom Time for the Oil-Rich Powder River Basin
The Powder River Basin has emerged over the past year as the latest source of oil production growth for the Lower 48. Companies ranging from a reborn Samson Resources to US onshore mainstays Devon, Chesapeake, and EOG are now betting on the basin to become a long-term core asset.
Total's Deepwater Output To Hit 500,000 BOE/D by 2020
Despite a trend toward renewables and low-carbon energy production among European majors, Total remains wholeheartedly committed to deepwater production.
Four Charts That Show DUCs Are Soaring in US Shale Fields
There is no single reason that they all exist—and bringing them all on line will face challenges.
What Happens When Facebook Technology Meets Oil Well Records
The same tools that make it fun and easy for you to see a friend's updates online are also pretty good at tying together unconnected databases holding valuable well information.
Production From ‘Supergiant’ Zohr Field Off Egypt Hits 2 Bcf/D
The benchmark comes as operator Eni solidifies concession agreements and ramps up exploration and development in the North African country.
Probabilistic Drilling-Optimization Index Guides Drillers To Improve Performance
This paper proposes a metric for quantifying drilling efficiency and drilling optimization that is computed by use of a Bayesian network.
New Geosteering Work Flow Integrates Real-Time Measurements With Geomodels
This work presents a systematic geosteering work flow that automatically integrates a priori information and real-time measurements to update geomodels with uncertainties and uses the latest model predictions in a decision-support system (DSS).
Three Basins Driving Big Year-Over-Year Increase in US Gas Output
A marked change from a decade ago, Appalachia, the Permian, and the Haynesville now represent almost half of total US gas production, EIA reports.
Directional Drilling Services Market Grows in 2017, Near-Term Upward Trend Expected
A new report shows a 16% increase fueled by longer lateral lengths and horizontal drilling activity out of the Permian Basin. Continued gains in these areas should bode well for the future, but other factors may play into the market’s performance.
Can You Measure Reservoir Depletion While Drilling?
Shale explorers run very few logs into horizontal wells, making it difficult to understand the effects of reservoir depletion in tightly spaced wells. This new technology is trying to change that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shell Makes Large Discovery Near Appomattox in Gulf of Mexico
Shell made its sixth discovery from the Norphlet formation in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, where the firm’s newly arrived Appomattox platform just 13 miles away presents a tieback opportunity.
North Sea Acreage Awarded to 61 Firms in UK Licensing Round
UK’s active 30th Licensing Round resulted in the award of 123 licenses to a diverse set of 61 companies—an outcome that UK government officials hailed as more proof that interest is picking up in the aging North Sea.
Argentina’s Shale Play is Beginning to Live up to Expectations
Wells are starting to come on stronger than expected, which is putting a new emphasis on orginizing all the other ingredients needed for shale production: more rigs, roads, pipelines, water, and sand.
Norwegian Firm Adds Smarts to Offshore Coring
Coring is essential to offshore exploration programs—but sometimes cores are taken from the wrong formation or return to surface in poor condition. One firm thinks it can solve these costly issues with a first-of-a-kind coring device that uses logging instruments that add accuracy and integrity.
Colorado Operators Reaping Rewards From Sticking by ‘Predictable’ DJ-Niobrara
Colorado’s industry lacks the size, variety, and Wild West characteristics of Texas, but that is precisely why the Centennial State’s oil production is surging to record levels.
ExxonMobil Exits Russian Ventures, Continues Success off Guyana
The US supermajor continues to evolve its global strategy by pulling out of once-promising Russian partnerships and adding to its offshore Guyana oil drilling bounty.
Drilling Technology and Rigs
Phrases such as “dawn of the new age of the oil and gas industry,” and “the fourth industrial revolution” echoed through halls of SPE events in 2017 and into the new year, with rapid advancements in big data management, digital connectivity, and high-performance computing.
Chevron, Total Log Big Discovery in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
The two supermajors and offshore powerhouses are assessing the latest Gulf of Mexico discovery.
ExxonMobil Plans to Triple Permian Output
The Irving, Texas-based supermajor plans to cash in on its expanded foothold in the Permian Basin, aided by a big reduction in the US corporate tax rate.
Big Discoveries Prompt US Agencies to Lift Recoverable Resource Estimates in Alaska
Major oil discoveries by Armstrong Oil & Gas and ConocoPhillips have compelled the US Department of the Interior to reassess its estimate of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources in parts of Alaska.
How To Design a Bottomhole-Assembly Rotary-Speed Sweet Spot
Correct placement of the rotary-speed sweet spot of a bottomhole assembly (BHA) provides multiple benefits toward achieving the ultimate goal of drilling to section total depth in a single trip.
Bit Technology and Bottomhole Assemblies
Bottomhole assemblies (BHAs), as part of the drilling system, have dominating effects on the functionality and effectiveness of other system components. BHA design, usage, and monitoring must promote drilling-system compatibility, efficiency, and reliability.
After Drop in Activity, Haynesville Shale Sees Resurgence
After a drop in drilling activity in recent years, the Haynesville shale has become a hot area for natural gas production in the US, and companies are looking to bolster their positions in the area.
Data Aggregation and Distribution With Human Factors Incorporated
Researchers have developed a drilling-data-aggregation and -distribution system that seamlessly integrates all forms of data, file types, and communication protocols and incorporates human-factors engineering in the design.
Clouds are Forming Around the Upstream Sector, and That’s a Good Thing
No longer considered a buzz phrase, cloud computing has made converts of the largest oil companies, and now the smaller ones are next.
Transocean Makes Latest Move Toward Offshore Consolidation
This new deal marks the second major acquisition of an offshore drilling company since the onset of the industry downturn.
Amid Downturn, Noble Invites Wider Industry Partners To Use Drilling Training Center
While the slowdown offshore persists, this 96-year-old drilling outfit says that sharing its high-tech simulators with more of its clients will strengthen the business.
Joint Venture Hits Historic Mexico Oil Discovery
A major offshore discovery led by Talos Energy is the first successful wildcat well drilled by a private company in Mexico in almost 80 years and a milestone for the country’s recently enacted energy reform.
Offshore Drilling Market: Recovery by 2020s?
An analyst from Rystad looks at the state of the offshore drilling market and the likelihood of recovery by 2021.
First Offshore Drilling Merger: Ensco Buys Atwood Oceanics
The offshore drilling sector has taken a step towards consolidating an oversupplied market and Ensco will emerge from this most recent deal as the owner of the largest combined fleet of floaters and jackups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New is Better at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference
In the midst of enormous change, OTC retains its status as a “must attend” technical conference for petroleum engineers and scientists working around the globe.
Drilling Technology and Rigs
Sustaining innovation and well performance during economic downcycles is a hot topic right now. However, the severity of this downturn has resulted in an unprecedented purging of existing paradigms. In this context, it is important to reveal and highlight new initiatives and success stories.
SPE Technical Directors Think Cooperatively: Working Outside the Lines
SPE’s technical directors are focused on problems that require working outside the bounds of their discipline.
A Request for Two Statistics Could Change Offshore Drilling
A scientist hired by federal regulators to look for ways to reduce the risk of well blowouts said it is time for the oil and gas industry to treat kicks taken while drilling the same way doctors treat heart attacks.
The Shale Evolution: Zipper Fracture Takes Hold
Hydraulically fracturing and stimulating multiple horizontal wells in sequence has been rapidly adopted by operators because of the potential for production without introducing unwanted risks.
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