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Western Europe sees “positive development” offshore after years of output decline

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Although global exploration has been fading of late, Western Europe’s offshore sector is still red-hot, in terms of E&P potential.

Improving fracture design in tight gas reservoirs using new slim dipole tool

Jose Rafael Zambrano, Edgar Velez, Schlumberger; Gabriel Gallardo Giozza, The University of Texas at Austin; Federico Sorenson, Tecpetrol; Lucia Lamberghini, Pan American Energy LLC

A new through-the-bit acoustic service enables operators to compare measurements taken before and after hydraulic fracturing in smaller casing sizes. The data are used to define open intervals after the treatment is executed to estimate propped fracture height.

Teamwork—The great facilitator

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Collaboration is the foundation for most offshore advances. The immensity of the challenge—“How do we do this better?”—imposes a critical dictum on all the involved parties: share the burden or fold the tent and go home. In the following examples, teamwork meets the test head-on, as partnerships and consortiums field an array of solutions.

Shaletech: Scoop/Stack

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Oklahoma’s entries in the national shale playbook sound like an encrypted play call in an American football game: SCOOP, STACK, Merge, SCORE.

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Water management

Mark Patton

Produced water reuse and frac fluid compatibility

Energy issues

William J. Pike

Research foci to improve EOR

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Eliminate 88% of potential leak paths on your frac site

Frac sites are a dangerous maze of iron, connections, and tie-downs. At Weir, our engineers were inspired by the clean simplicity of the straight line. The Weir Simplified Frac Iron System is the result of that inspiration. This system was put to the test by a Canadian operator whose previous installation had failed after three days. With the new configuration, pipe connections were reduced from 100 to 12, eliminating 88% of potential leak paths.