TOPICS OF INTEREST
Double-Digit Growth Forecast in US Drilling and Completion Market
Drilling and completion expenditure and activity is projected to show multiyear double-digit growth from 2018–2022 despite a flattening of rig count increases.
Closed-Loop Drilling Offers Advantages in Process Safety and Cost Savings
This paper details the operational effects of closed-loop drilling to demonstrate its ability to yield operational-process-safety improvements and cost savings over conventional methods.
Challenges and Lessons of Implementing a Real-Time Drilling Advisory System
This paper discusses the technical challenges related to implementing a rigsite, real-time drilling advisory system and current solutions to these challenges.
Future Workforce Education Through Big-Data Analysis for Drilling Optimization
An operator partnered with the drilling-automation research group at The University of Texas at Austin to develop a work flow for big-data analysis and visualization. The objectives were to maximize the value derived from data, establish an analysis toolkit, and train students on data analytics.
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.
UK Shale Horizontal Drilling Under Way, Fracturing to Follow
Overcoming numerous regulatory hurdles, Cuadrilla Resources is pressing ahead with its plans to fracture a well in the UK for the first time since 2011.
Talos’ Niche Strategy Notches Bigtime Bounty
Finding niches that provide a competitive edge over larger operators has enabled Talos Energy to leapfrog into a powerful position with Mexico’s first offshore wildcat discovery.
Continuous Inclination Measurements and BHA Modeling Help Detect Microdoglegs
Microdoglegs are a natural effect of any vertical or directional well that can explain a wide variety of downhole problems.
Development of Work Flow To Manage Fatigue of Bottomhole Assemblies
A new fatigue-management work flow provides drillers with a tool to simulate and predict the life expectancy of bottomhole assemblies (BHAs) before fatigue causes problems.
Robotics Hits Tipping Point for Oil Industry Breakthroughs
The CEO of Houston Mechatronics told an Aramco Innovation Day audience that robotics is at the same point that the Internet and online communication were at in the mid-1990s and will soon become “the iconic technology of this century.”
Embedding Automatic Risk-Level Estimation and Performance Analysis in Drilling Plans
This paper presents a method that quantitatively evaluates the risk levels of a drilling-operation plan as a function of the underlying uncertainty associated with its description.
Collaborative Approach to Implementation Helps Realize Benefits of Drilling Automation
This paper describes a collaborative effort between an operator, a drilling contractor, and a service company to introduce specific aspects of automated technology to a major drilling operation.
Integrated Work Flow Mitigates Drilling Vibrations
A work flow that combines optimization of the drillstring and bottomhole-assembly (BHA) design during well planning and then applies advanced surveillance tools to a well-trained drilling crew yields reduced vibrations and higher drilling rates.
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.
Tool Developed for Modeling Space Between Aquifers and Wells in Eagle Ford
A 3D conceptual model developed by ConocoPhillips helps to outline the company’s water usage for hydraulic fracturing operations in the Eagle Ford.
With New Rig Software, Automated Drilling is Easier To Embrace
A new process system compatible with all types of drilling rigs is opening the door to wider adoption of drilling automation in North America’s shale sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
Major Oil and Gas Discoveries Offshore Mexico
In June, Mexico’s national oil company Pemex announced its largest discoveries of oil and gas in 5 years. Located in the shallow-water basin of the Gulf of Mexico offshore Tabasco and Campeche, the four new fields are estimated to hold 350 million bbl of oil.
Evaluating Formation-Fluid Properties During Sampling-While-Drilling Operations
Recent experience with a newly introduced sampling-while-drilling service has shown that it is possible to make reliable downhole formation-fluid-property estimates during sampling-while-drilling operations.
Resolving Mixed-Salinity Challenges With a Pulsed-Neutron Methodology
The mixed-salinity environment poses a significant challenge in petrophysics.
Deepwater Well Control Training and Education in a State of Transition
Well control training programs for deepwater drillers and key rig personnel are undergoing a major overhaul that has been years in the making.
Early Kick Detection: Testing New Concepts
After the 2010 subsea blowout of the Macondo well that resulted in 11 deaths and the worst oil spill in US history, early kick detection technology found itself at the top of the wish list for regulators and offshore companies seeking to avoid similar accidents.
The Dawn of a New Automation Consortium
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have set an audacious goal to halve the time, cost, and number of rig personnel required for drilling every type of well, from unconventional shale to ultradeepwater.
Ultrasonic Drilling Mud Measurement to Improve Drilling
Technology developers are working on a new ultrasonic flowmeter for drilling fluids aimed at obtaining better measurements than current systems with far fewer disruptions to rig systems.
Mining Daily Driller’s Reports Looking for Telling Patterns
There is a lot of information buried in drilling reports written every day, but little of it appears in computer databases.
Automated Drilling Technologies Showing Promise
For the past several years, automated drilling has promised to deliver major improvements in drilling performance. But the technology is facing new obstacles that might affect its progress and commercialization.
Going Underbalanced in Unconventional Reservoirs
For the past quarter of a century, underbalanced drilling (UBD) has been a niche technology known to many and practiced by few. It has seen acceptance in the North Sea, where UBD is used to drill through depleted reservoirs.
Oil Price Plunge Requires Revised Completion Methods
In this cost-cutting market environment, completion engineers face added pressure to maximize the return on every dollar invested when putting unconventional wells into production.
Management: Getting to Grips with Human Factors in Drilling Operations
Looking after the human factors in daily operations is good business because it increases employee safety and improves work performance.
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