Jacques Braile Saliés, SPE, Drilling Manager, Queiroz Galvão Exploration and ProductionLast year, I wrote my Technology Focus on innovation and commented on all the wonders and innovations of the Cascade and Chinook fields in the Gulf of Mexico. One year later, I had the pleasure of seeing an announcement for the semisubmersible hull destined for the Jack/St. Malo project leaving a South Korean shipyard for another in Texas.
John Hudson, SPE, Senior Production Engineer, ShellI recently attended an internal conference in my company where one of the major topics was unconventionals, and I was shocked at how little I knew. Sure, I have followed at some distance the business and technical trends that have shaped this still-emerging opportunity set, but this was my first exposure to behind-the-scenes experiences with both the technical and nontechnical challenges.
Alvaro Felippe Negrão, SPE, Senior Advisor, Woodside Energy USAThe producing assets of unconventional shale-gas and shale-oil plays in North America are among the strategic alternatives for future growth of exploration-and-production companies. Although the economics of the unconventional plays was quite marginal at the beginning, further advancements in planning and operations have made feasible the exploitation of such assets with a reasonable return on investment.
Bob Carpenter, SPE, Research Consultant, Chevron Exploration and Technology CompanyIn 2012, the number of unconventional tight gas/shale and high-pressure/high- temperature (HP/HT) papers continued to grow. This year, we had some very interesting developments in these and other areas of well construction.