TOPICS OF INTEREST
2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference Technical Session Tackles Managed Pressure
The session will cover an area of growing interest, given increasing concern about wellbore integrity and well control.
PDC Optimistic About Wattenberg, Delaware Assets
PDC’s president and CEO describes the company’s management strategy for its hydraulic fracturing operations in the Wattenberg Field and the Delaware Basin.
Case History: High-Pressure/High-Temperature Underbalanced Drillstem Testing
This paper describes the method developed to achieve underbalanced drillstem testing (DST) in a deepwater field offshore India.
Rebound To Test If Cost Cuts Will Last
As drilling activity rises, the demand for all that is needed to complete wells rises even faster. The wells are bigger, and more water and sand are used for each foot stimulated.
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.
Conductor Anchor Node Adds Stability, Cuts Tophole Costs in Subsea Wells
When the industry discusses subsea wells, the tophole construction gets scant attention. The Norwegian company NeoDrill believes it can create a more structurally stable foundation, greater efficiency, and reduced cost by using a conductor anchor node.
Looking Up, But Still Tough Outlook Brightens for Unconventional Oil
US drilling and completion companies that were slashing workforces and cannibalizing pumping trucks for parts 6 months ago are now hiring crews and repairing equipment to meet rising demand.
Hot Permian Play Gets Panel Focus
The successes and challenges of producers in the United States’ most active oil play received a wide-ranging discussion by three panelists recently at an SPE Gulf Coast Section meeting in Houston on the state of the Permian Basin.
Extending the Life and Performance of Drillpipe With Wear Band Technology
Drillpipe doesn’t last forever, but a Houston-area startup company says it has developed a way to make it last significantly longer.
Bit Technology and Bottomhole Assemblies
Rotary-steerable tools (RSTs) are now deemed mainstays in the drilling community.
New Rotary-Steerable System Delivers High Dogleg Severity, Improves Penetration Rate
A new rotary-steerable system (RSS) was designed to give geometrically greater dogleg-severity (DLS) capability while still being able to withstand the increased bending stresses.
Bending Rules With High-Build-Rate Rotary-Steerable Systems
This paper explores the applications, benefits, and value of a high-build-rate rotary-steerable system (HRSS) capable of delivering dogleg severity (DLS) greater than 18°/100 ft.
Improvements in Root-Cause Analysis of Drillstring Vibration
Drillstring vibration is a leading cause of downhole-tool failure and premature wear of downhole equipment.
Blowout Prevention and Relief-Well Planning for the Wheatstone Big-Bore Gas-Well Project
The engineering and operational planning to ensure that no uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases occur during the execution of subsea big-bore gas wells are described.
A Holistic Approach To Controlling Torsional Dynamics in the Drillstring
Understanding drilling dynamics, the downhole shock and vibration that occur while drilling, is a crucial step to improving drilling efficiency and reducing nonproductive time (NPT).
Injection in Shale: Experience on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
Waste injection in shale has been performed on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) for more than 15 years. Techniques have been developed that allow wells to dispose of several million barrels into individual shale domains with matrix permeability in the nanodarcy range and no permeable layers.
Mitigating Drilling Dysfunction With a Drilling Advisory System
A Drilling Advisory System (DAS) is a rig-based drilling-surveillance and -optimization platform that encourages regular drilloff tests, carefully monitors drilling performance, and provides recommendations for controllable drilling parameters to help improve the overall drilling process.
Saudi Aramco Initiative Simplifies Real-Time Data Processing
As the drilling industry improves its efforts to capture drilling operation activities in real time, it has generated a significant amount of data that drilling engineers cannot process on their own.
Innovative Concepts in Wireline Continuous Coring
Wireline continuous coring (WCC) has been adapted from the mining industry for unconventional resources. This paper is aimed at identifying and addressing complications experienced in the use of WCC.
New Multilayer Boundary-Detection Service in Bohai Bay, Northern China
A new multilayer boundary‑detection service has been introduced to resolve the geological uncertainty associated with horizontal wells in Bohai Bay. Geosteering and real time reservoir characterization were used to reduce the uncertainty.
A Flexible “Well-Factory” Approach to Developing Unconventionals
This paper analyzes differing well-factory approaches to unconventional assets, with examples from the Wolfcamp unconventional oil play in the Permian Basin.
Self-Adjusting PDC Bit Under Development
Baker Hughes is developing a drill bit capable of auto-adjusting its depth-of-cut feature to handle dynamic drilling conditions.
Steerable-Drilling-Liner Technology in Unstable Shale
Challenging environments such as unstable clay formations represent high operational risk when running tubulars after drilling is completed.
Stuck-Pipe Prediction With Automated Real-Time Modeling and Data Analysis
A real-time method is presented to predict impending stuck pipe with sufficient warning to prevent it. The new method uses automated analysis of real-time modeling coupled with real-time-data analysis.
Getting a Feel for the Rock
The force required to drill through a rock is a direct test of its strength and stiffness. Developing a reliable measure of the properties of rock based on the force required to drill a long lateral is a large challenge.
Magnetic Referencing and Real-Time Survey Processing Enable Tighter Spacing of Wells
Wellbore position is computed from survey measurements taken by a measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tool in the bottomhole assembly (BHA).
Root-Cause Analysis of Drilling Lost Returns in Injectite Reservoirs
The work presented combines a fundamental-physics approach with field data to identify the root cause of drilling failures in Paleocene and Eocene injectite-sand intervals.
Single-Gradient Subsea-Mud-Lift-Drilling Technology in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
As with other MPD systems, SMD technology offers early detection of influxes (kicks) and minimizes downhole losses to weak subsurface formations.
Optimization of Upper Burgan Reservoir Multilateral Well With Inflow-Control Device
This paper discusses the first multilateral well with a Level-4 junction combined with an inflow-control device (ICD) planned, designed, and drilled in the Upper Burgan reservoir of Raudhatain field, north Kuwait.
Implementation of new technology can require that leadership and key team members be willing to step outside their comfort zones.
Faster Rate of Penetration in Hard Chalk: Proving a New Hypothesis for Drilling Dynamics
Large areas of the North Sea contain Cretaceous sediments, which form a massive hard layer of chalk that historically has presented a major drilling risk and expense to operators in the area.
Young Technology Showcase—Metal-Formed Liner Hanger Avoids High-Setting-Pressure Requirements
Seminole Services’ Powerscrew Liner System is a new expandable-liner hanger that is set with torsional energy from the topdrive.
Drilling Wells Ever Faster May Not Be the Measure of Success
The standard for progress in shale development has been the drastic reduction in the number of days needed to drill a well, from more than 20 to less than 5 in some unconventional plays. But some question whether it has become a misleading metric for an industry needing more productive wells.
Hydraulic Percussion Drilling System Boosts Rate of Penetration, Lowers Cost
Drilling the Severnaya Truba field in Aktobe, Kazakhstan, has been costly and time consuming.
Bit Technology and Bottomhole Assemblies
The understanding and proper application of rotary-steerable systems will continue to provide a step change in the way fields are developed. Technology developed and implemented during the boom will receive closer scrutiny and evaluation during the bust.
Rotation by Reciprocation Casing-Landing Technology
With the innovation of extended-reach and directional drilling, running casing and liner strings has become increasingly difficult.
Designing and Testing of New Rotary-Steerable System for Use Onshore
This is the teaser
A Biotech Answer to a Driller’s Problem
A biotechnology company from the San Francisco Bay Area is selling a futuristic solution to an old problem: lubricating drill bits grinding though rock.
Management: Using Big Data Analysis Tools To Understand Bad Hole Sections on the UK Continental Shelf
The big data approach will allow new types of data-driven models to bypass traditional bottlenecks. It is also expected to lead to different views of standard models, thus providing new and valuable insights in the process.
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