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MAY 2013

Special Focus


  • Canadian shales shift focus to tight oil, but drilling down

    Jim Redden

    On the heels of an upraised assessment of potential reserves, which Canada says stacks up nicely with its southern neighbor’s most prolific shale plays, tight oil is expected to play an ever-increasing role in the nation’s overall production mix. The identified liquids-rich plays in the Western Canada Sedimentary basin also have become case studies on the evolution of frac design and completion strategies in emerging unconventional plays.

  • Effective water management requires both surface and subsurface solutions

    Pramod Kulkarni

    An optimum water management program can be achieved by minimizing water production through subsurface technologies, and then employing field-specific surface water treatment and recycling strategies.

  • Interaction of drilling with social responsibility improves water access and resource utilization

    N. Wagner, L. Brantley, C. Grosvenor, F. Florence and J. Ogg

    PART 1: Drilling infrastructure could potentially improve a community’s access to water in areas with limited potable supplies, as demonstrated in California, Central America, and various other international locations.

  • Single-run “mega-combo” LWD/MWD improves formation evaluation offshore Angola

    Mauro Da Cruz and Edwin Vervest

    The largest-ever suite of MWD/LWD data acquired for an ultra-deepwater well offshore Angola aided in the design of optimum BHAs and wireline programs for subsequent wells.

  • What’s new in artificial lift?

    James F. Lea, Herald W. Winkler, Joe D. Woods, and Mark S. Garrett

    Part 1: In this first of two monthly reports, the authors review various artificial lift technologies and highlight innovations in beam/rod pumping and hydraulic piston pumps.


News & Resources

Geology & Geophysics

  • Achieving seismic inversion without 4D logs in the North Sea’s Blake field

    Arnaud Huck and Graham Hicks

    The Hit Cube matches stochastic pseudo-well synthetics to measured seismic responses, so that seismic inversion can be done without known target information and 4D difference logs.

  • EAGE preview: Leveraging technology to change industry frontiers

    Melanie Cruthirds

    This year, participants at the 75th EAGE Conference and Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the industry’s “Changing Frontiers.” As the global population grows and energy demand increases, oil and gas players around the world are looking for new, more sophisticated ways to access and develop Earth’s natural resources. EAGE will be held June 10-13, 2013, at ExCel London.

Web Exclusive

  • Reginal Report: Latin America

    Mauro Nogarin

    Latin America is a continent of contradictions for oil and gas activity. Brazil’s 11th licensing round and is creating excitement for both offshore and onshore activities, but the country is experiencing declining production from mature fields. Political uncertainty is clouding prospects in Venezuela and Argentina. While Colombia has passed the 1 MMbopd milestone, lack of major discoveries has subdued expectations for the local oil and gas industry.



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2013 Fracturing Technology

2013 Fracturing Technology


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Drill Bit Classifier World Oil published its renowned Drill Bit Classifier in September 2013. The Drill Bit Classifier is a comprehensive listing of major manufacturers' d...