Optimizing Cluster or Fracture Spacing: An Overview
More than a decade ago, perforation cluster spacing was designed up to 700 ft in Barnett and Bakken plays. Today, the spacing is as close as 15 ft apart in Eagle Ford and DJ Basin and operators are optimizing fracture spacing for achieving higher initial production rates.
Offshore Technology Conference Events Offer Networking Opportunities for Young Professionals
2017 Offshore Technology Conference offers many networking events and opportunities to learn about the latest offshore technologies.
Pemex's Recent Offshore Bid Round and Using Technology To Unlock Reserves
Pemex E&P's general director talks about the role of technology in the company's recent developments and shares his career advice to young professionals in the industry.
Energy East Pipeline: How New Technologies and Existing Infrastructure Will Help To Move Canadian Crude Safely
The Energy East Pipeline involves the conversion of an existing TransCanada gas pipeline to oil service, as well as the construction of 1500 km of new pipeline. With a capacity of 1.1 million B/D, it will eliminate the need to import foreign crude oil to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick.
Internet of Things in the Oil and Gas Industry
IoT is the next step in the evolution of the oil and gas industry. Changes have already begun in the field installations, in the corner office, and across the oil and gas value chain.
Pipeline Innovations Improve Operating Efficiencies
From trenchless construction for environmentally sensitive areas to heated pipelines which reduce associated upstream and downstream facilities, innovation in pipeline technology is improving operating efficiencies.
Sand Control: Achieving Maximum Well Productivity Without Excessive Sand Production
Production of formation sand is one of the oldest problems in oil and gas industry. Achieving maximum well productivity without excessive sand production or plugging requires sand control that depends on the type of the reservoir and production technology.
Preparing for the Handover? Do Industry Young Professionals Risk Missing Out on the Opportunity To Understand Geomechanics and Its Value?
Early identification of geomechanics-related problems is required to optimally drill, complete, stimulate, and produce from reservoirs. Academic institutes, the oil industry, and contribution from professional societies play a key role in recognizing geomechanics as an important discipline.
Hydraulic Fracturing Trends (Infographic With Article Links)
Eight latest trends in hydraulic fracturing.
TWA Forum Series: New Ideas Applied to New Places. Part II: Deep Offshore Field Development
In Part II of this series, Antonio Pinto, senior advisor, and Celso Branco, reservoir engineer, of Petrobras discuss advances in deep offshore drilling related to the enormous Santos pre-salt basin fields of Brazil.
What’s the Next Big Thing?
SPE President Janeen Judah's column in November JPT discusses what's the next big thing for the industry.
TWA Forum Series: New Ideas Applied to New Places. Part I: Drilling Automation
TWA’s Forum section editors interview technical experts from two areas of technology: drilling automation and deep offshore development. In Part I of the series, Robello Samuel, chief technical advisor in the drilling division at Halliburton, speaks on automated and remote drilling.
Gas Hydrates: An Unconventional Resource Horizon for India
Gas hydrate resources in India are huge and potentially represent a global energy game changer if the technologies for production from hydrate reservoirs are techno-economically established. Several initiatives have been undertaken by NGHP in India for gas hydrate exploration in deepwater offshore.
Content Management To Support Application and Business Workflow for Efficiency Wins
There has been a realization within the oil industry since 2000 that applications and systems are related. Well, transaction, and product data, and best practice with success data should be integrated into a seamless and streamlined process for process improvement and greater return on investment.
Nanotechnology Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry
An overview of the Advanced Energy Consortium’s nanotechnology innovations and target applications in the oil and gas industry.
Microfluidics and Their Macro Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry
David Sinton, University of Toronto, discusses how microfluidics is gaining traction in the oil and gas industry and how this field of study can be used for understanding pore-scale transport.
Creating a Technology-Focused Completions Organization
Andrew Buzinsky of Trican Well Services discusses the reasons behind Trican's acquisition of i-TEC Well Solutions, and how the agility of both the bigger and the smaller company led to a win-win integration.
Upping the Ante on Technology and Leadership in Challenging Market Conditions: Part 1
John Wishart, Lloyd's Register discusses the role of the Industry Technology Facilitator, current challenges facing industry, and how the work environment is changing.
Data Integration Key to Improved Oil and Gas Modeling
The amazing rate of improvement in computing technology provides numerous opportunities for improving our operations, but unless the data from various systems can be integrated, it won't deliver on its potential.
The Way Ahead for US Unconventional Reservoirs
How to understand the complexities of unconventional reservoirs.
Artificial Lift: Focus on Hydraulic Submersible Pumps
The authors tell you how hydraulic submersible pumps work and how they're different froom other types of artificial lift.
Describing Shale Well Performance Using Transient Well Analysis
Fabián Vera, Baker Hughes, and Christine Ehlig-Economides, Texas A&M, explain transient well analysis and how it contributes to shale development.
How Offshore Capping Stacks Work
Trendsetter Engineering's Mauricio Madrid and Antony Matson explain how offshore capping stacks can be used to stop spills when the blowout preventer fails.
How to Tackle the Challenge of Mature Field Development
Chevron's Thais McComb and the University of Wyoming's Brian Towler give their perspectives on tackling mature field development.
Permanent Well Abandonment
Schlumberger's Kenny Campbell and Rod Smith talk about the process of permanently abandoning a well, managing the cost of abandonment, and ensuring that activities comply with applicable regulatory requirements.
Using Soap to Revive Mature Oil Fields
A discussion of how surfactants (soap) can improve recovery and revive mature oil fields.
Deepwater Development: What Past Performance Says About the Future
Technology has allowed industry to develop in ever deeper water to successfully add to energy supplies, despite the high capital requirements.
The Cutting Edge: Research and Development’s Role in Deep Water
An interview with Schlumberger's Amelia Irion on a career in research and development and the role of R&D in developing deepwater resources.
Leveraging Technology to Win in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Wilcox Plays
Managing a portfolio of high-impact technologies as an integrated project is Chevron's recipe for success in the deepwater Wilcox in the Gulf of Mexico.
Luke Eaton of ConocoPhillips, Darryl Herrington of LLOG Exploration, and John Thorogood, drilling global consultant provide their perspectives on deepwater technologies.
Deepwater Brazilian Presalt: The Way Ahead for Research and Development
Exploiting deepwater resources in a cost-effective manner presents a number of challenges for the industry, In the deepwater Brazilian presalt, research and development may provide solutions.
Well Test Analysis in Practice
Alain C. Gringarten, Imperial College London discusses well testing -- why, how, and most importantly, how results are interpreted.
Discover a Career: Flow Assurance
Alberto Di Lullo, Eni E&P, discusses flow assurance engineering and the challenges that those working in flow assurance address.
Meeting Tomorrow’s Energy Needs, Minimizing Environmental Impact
Kishore K. Mohanty of the University of Texas at Austin talks about technologies that can help industry meet energy demands without harming the environment.
Extracting Natural Gas Through Desorption in Shale Reservoirs
Shale acts both as source rock and reservoir rock. Gas production in commercial quantities requires the presence of fractures to provide permeability. It also requires getting the gas in the shale to release through desorption.
The Impact of Nanotechnology on Oil and Gas Economics
Materials smaller than the width of a human hair are contributing to improved hydraulic fracturing and other areas of oil and gas technology.
Technology Challenges, Opportunities of Next 25 years
Advances in technology will bring many opportunities for improving our industry in areas as diverse as water management, nanotechnology and automation.
Future Technologies of the Oil Field
Surya Rajan, a director at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), discusses the drivers for innovation in oil and gas along with expected areas for technology development.
The Technology Issue: Carpe Technology
In this issue, we take a look at those technologies that seem intangible, but will be part of the standard oilfield tool box in years to come. We are talking about nanotechnology, the expansion of the digital era, automation solutions, and the exploitation of “new” resources in harsh environments.
Current Research and Challenges Pertaining to CO2 Flooding and Sequestration
A review of the current status and research on CO2 flooding and CO2 sequestration.
Discover a Career in Underbalanced Drilling
Despite the drilling industry’s shift toward managed pressure drilling (MPD) over the past half-decade, underbalanced drilling (UBD) continues to be a desirable option for many operations today.
Antarctica: Recording and Experiencing Climate Change
Antarctica is the storehouse of the world’s oldest ice-borne climate records, preserved in the Antarctic deep freeze for millions of years. But Antarctica is also a living laboratory in which the decadal effects of climate change can be directly observed.
Using Technology for Carbon Emission Control and EOR
Neeraj Gupta of the Battelle Memorial Institute and Nigel Jenvey of Maersk Oil and Gas comment on technology applications for carbon emission control and enhanced oil recovery.
Emerging Oil Regions: Brazil, the Arctic, and West Africa—and the Role of Fluid Properties
A brief introduction to the subject regions, highlighting some key differences with respect to other known basins as well as the size of the prize, is followed by a focus on fluid properties’ role in terms of field development and uncertainty reduction.
Game Theory in the Oil and Gas Industry
We provide here a brief introduction to game theory, which might better be called the theory of conflict and cooperation. Classical decision analysis is more applicable when one party is making the decision; when multiple parties are involved, use of game theory is more appropriate.
Managed Pressure Drilling 101: Moving Beyond “It’s Always Been Done That Way”
A brief primer on managed pressure drilling (MPD) and how it compares with underbalanced drilling (UBD).
Discover a Career in Pressure-Transient Testing
Christine A. Ehlig-Economides discusses what a career in pressure-transient testing is like.
Hydraulic Fracturing To Improve Production
Consultant Ali Daneshy presents an overview of hydraulic fracturing technology.
Modeling Multiphase Flow in Pipes
The petroleum industry constantly faces challenging flow-assurance problems as it pursues assets in more difficult producing environments. This alone guarantees an exciting future for all engineers with an interest in multiphase flow in pipes.
SAGD: R&D for Unlocking Unconventional Heavy-Oil Resources
Steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) is a prime example of how structured research and development (R&D) has led to the commercial implementation of technology, helping unlock hydrocarbon resources to fulfill society’s energy demands.
Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining: Enabling Technology for Smart Fields
Industry has developed smart completions, smart wells, and smart fields. The next frontier is real-time reservoir management (RTRM) using all of the data from smart installations, as well as artificial intelligence.
The Development of Wireline-Tractor Technology
The development of wireline-tractor technology has greatly improved the way operators can intervene in high-angle and horizontal oil and gas wells
Numerical Simulation of Complex Reservoir Problems and the Need for a Different Line of Attack
Abbas Firoozabadi of the Reservoir Engineering Research Institute and Yale University and Hussein Hoteit of ConocoPhillips engage in an interesting review of traditional (“old school”) numerical-simulation approaches and explain the need to change (to “new school”) reservoir-simulation approaches.
Advances in Space-Drilling Technologies
Brian J. Glass and Carol Stoker of the NASA Ames Research Center describe the potential for drilling on other planets.
Peak Oil and Hot Technologies
TWA Editor Tony Thomas discusses peak oil and what technologies can delay it.
Reflections on Timing and Technology
Christine Ehlig-Economides reflects on her career and how being in the right place at the right time has made all the difference.