Featured this monthApps and the Digital Oil fieldThe oil and gas industry tends to be resistant to marketing fads. This may be why, of the hundreds of thousands of apps now publicly available, only a few dozen are devoted to the industry.
China’s Shale Gas Potential Looks Bright, But Development Raises Questions China ranks first in the world in shale gas in the ground, based on two massive basins. But the estimate is based on what is technically possible, not when, or if, anyone will produce that gas.
R&D Grand Challenges The energy industry faces a massive communications challenge in persuading the public all over the world that horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing can be conducted safely.
Deepwater Spill Control Devices Go Global Two years after the first capping stack was quickly developed to shut off the flow of oil from the Macondo well, the industry has more than 15 capping stacks in service and on order to use worldwide today.
Young Technology Showcase A new technology may have a huge impact on reducing the cost of gas drilling and improving drilling performance.
Guest Editorial If a potential new source of energy called low-energy nuclear reactions comes to fruition, it will change how the world uses energy.
Industry Focuses on Operational Integrity, Safety Issues at OTC Improving offshore safety and operational integrity through both technology and processes weaved its way through many of the panel and technical sessions at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, held in May in Houston.
Martin Crick, SPE, Chief Petroleum Engineer, Tullow OilThis year, there were approximately 200 papers on simulation to select from—and that is after a separate feature on history matching. So, the discipline continues to be active. A noticeable feature is the growing number of simulation papers that use different technology, in the broadest sense of the term—for example, using concepts from signal processing and electrical engineering to model subsurface flow or related phenomena.
Fayetteville-Shale Production: Seismic-to-Simulation Reservoir Characterization A comprehensive workflow was developed that incorporates geologic, seismic, and production data in an effort to understand and predict the performance of gas wells in the Fayetteville shale play. A reservoir model was developed by integrating all available well, log, petrophysical, sonic, image, core, stimulation, production, microseismic, and processed surface-seismic data. This static reservoir model [...]
High-Resolution Reservoir Simulation Constrained to Complex Clastic Rock Bodies An unconventional state-of-the-art reservoir-simulation study was performed for an offshore field in the Arabian Gulf. The conventional history-matched model was valid at wellbores; however, clastic reservoirs usually present challenges for infill-drilling prediction at interwell locations because of complex geometries of curvilinear sandstone bodies. A rock-body-based simulation model was used for history matching and was investigated [...]