Featured this monthDownhole Electronic Components: Achieving Performance ReliabilityReliability of electronic components used in hostile drilling environments depends on myriad factors that mitigate the effects of temperature, vibration, and shock.
Guest Editorial Risk management continues to evolve to reflect changing challenges in the industry. Weatherford shares how adopting a behavior-based safety culture helped minimize risk and stop unsafe practices.
Talent and Technology – New Challenges Demand New Energy Leadership Skills New challenges are cause for a heightened demand for more leadership skills. Three cutting-edge approaches to leadership development are presented alongside five methods to maximize their value.
Saudi Aramco Expands Reach Through New Technology Centers Saudi Aramco’s new R&D centers in the US will help bridge international scientific expertise and technology.
Annual Conference Emphasizes Technology and Innovation for the E&P Industry The Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, held 30 September–2 October, highlights emerging technologies, innovation, and updates from leading-edge companies and organizations.
2013–2014 SPE Distinguished Lecturer Program Unveiled Twenty-eight peer-selected lecturers from various disciplines and professions share emerging trends, challenges, and technologies.
Shell Deploys Next-Generation TLP for Extended Field Development in GOM The new Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) is the largest in the US Gulf of Mexico, with more than twice the displacement of the neighboring Mars TLP. It marks a leap forward in safety, improved operation time, and increased production capacity.
Finding Pathways to Produce Heavy Oil From Canadian Carbonates The Grosmont pilot project uses heating expertise, carbonate knowledge, and computer modeling to tackle the challenge of producing bitumen from carbonate deposits.
Gas-to-Liquids Comes of Age in a World Full of Gas The discrepancy between crude and natural gas prices and estimates of increasing natural gas reserves are driving companies to study small-scale gas-to-liquids plants that can tie in multiple sources or stranded gas for a greater profit.
Bob Harrison, SPE, Consultant Petroleum EngineerWhen interviewing potential senior-petrophysicist recruits, we exchange pleasantries to break the ice and then I ask an easy, yet fundamental technical question: "How would you explain Archie’s law to an inexperienced colleague?" Then, I sit back in expectation of a slick answer from the candidate.
Core-Analysis Elephant in the Formation-Evaluation Room The variable data quality of core analysis, the sensitivity of results to different test methods, poor reporting standards, and the reluctance of some vendors to share experience and expertise have contributed to basic mistakes and poor data quality. In many cases, an inconsistent or inappropriate approach to the design, management, and interpretation of the core-analysis … Continue reading Core-Analysis Elephant in the Formation-Evaluation Room
Relative Permeability Hysteresis: Water-Alternating-Gas Injection and Gas Storage Accurate determination of relative permeability hysteresis is needed to predict water-alternating-gas (WAG) injection reliably. Two series of gas/water relative permeability hysteresis curves were obtained from corefloods under mixed-wet conditions. The results revealed that none of the widely used hysteresis models (e.g., Carlson and Killough models) is able to predict the observed cyclic relative permeability hysteresis … Continue reading Relative Permeability Hysteresis: Water-Alternating-Gas Injection and Gas Storage
Advances in Special-Core-Analysis Data Interpretations of Multiscale Measurements The evaluation of complex carbonate reservoirs is a challenging task, and a detailed understanding of reservoir heterogeneity is still lacking. In this study, the effect of static rock type and sample size was investigated on special-core-analysis laboratory (SCAL) data derived from capillary pressure and resistivity-index experiments at reservoir temperature and net confining stress. Whole cores … Continue reading Advances in Special-Core-Analysis Data Interpretations of Multiscale Measurements